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    Newsletter Issue #1026: The Cord-Cutter’s Lament

    November 28th, 2021

    So the logic seemed impeccable. Cable TV companies were grabbing more and more of your hard-earned money each year — and I’m referring mainly to U.S. services here — and you had to wonder why you wasted so much to get 300 channels and found little or nothing to watch. Surely there’d be a way […]


    Newsletter Issue #1001: Another $500 Bargain TV From Vizio

    July 24th, 2020

    When you look at the price of mainstream TV sets nowadays, they are remarkably cheap compared to the way things used to be. You see, when I was real young, the family TV was a major purchase. So I’ve owned far too many TV sets over the years to remember them all. Shortly after I […]


    Newsletter Issue #985: How a Company Kills Itself

    April 15th, 2020

    As usual, this will be a long and complicated story. So when cable TV subscriber lists soared, there were many areas in the U.S. that were all or mostly unserved. That’s because, in sparsely-populated rural locations, it didn’t make sense for a company to lay wire, or if they did, it would cost the customer […]


    Troubling News About New iPhone Unlocking Gadget

    March 16th, 2018

    Recently, The Night Owl wrote a piece about two gadgets that are reportedly capable of unlocking iPhones. One comes from an Israeli company, Cellebrite. The other emerges from a startup known as Grayshift, said to be run by former intelligence contractors and a former Apple security engineer. A more recent report actually displays a photo […]