Andrew Jones

Operator, Well Could You Help Me Place This Call?

Phone: [ring ring] You: Well, I don’t recognize this number, but it’s a local area code. I should probably answer it. “Hello?” Phone: [silence] You: “Hello?” Phone: “………………………Hello!……………..You’ve been selected for a rare limited-time offer for some fantastic free—“ You: [click] In case you haven’t noticed, there has been a…

The Evolution of Convenience, From Blockbuster to #NetflixAndChill

Some of my fondest childhood memories involved going to Blockbuster with my dad after school. At our local branch, there was a large board filled with movie titles that were either in theaters, coming soon, or available now (if they hadn’t already been checked out). While my dad rushed to…

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I’m not the most coordinated guy in the world, but since this past Christmas I’ve tried to make a conscience effort to eat healthy and stay active. My Fitbit has been my fitness tracker of choice since December 2014, and I keep track of my progress through their iOS app….

Red Rover, Red Rover…

From the death of Muhammad Ali, to Hillary “clinching” the Democratic presidential nomination, to the shooting at the UCLA campus, this past week has had its fair share of big news stories. It’s understandable that some events will fall by the wayside when so much else is going on. With…

Damage Control

When I was still an undergrad at the University of Richmond, I wrote a Digital America piece on “the Streisand Effect,” an internet-age phenomenon that involves individuals inadvertently drawing attention to a topic by trying to…well, draw attention away from the topic. In the early-2000s, Barbra Streisand attempted to suppress…

The Feds vs. A Fruit

I want to share my (fairly unoriginal) thoughts regarding the Apple/FBI issue that has been in the news for the past month or so. Let’s start off with a quote: “I can tell you, the first time we do have trouble getting into a cell phone, we’re going to seek…

Low Prices and Low Expectations

I’m not sure if you heard, but an early leader in consumer electronics megastores is trying to make a comeback. Before I even begin, I want you to keep this playing in the background as you read my column. It sets the mood, and it features a man juggling VHS tapes. What more do you need? …

Backseat Moderating

It isn’t really my intention to get political in my Digital America column, because that kind of topic tends to almost immediately divide readers and force them to challenge their own personal beliefs by comparing them to those held by the men and women campaigning to represent them as elected…

Eyes on the Skies

I was listening to Opie and Anthony on the radio this morning and heard something that cracked me up, for whatever reason. The topic was conspiracy theories, and they were focusing on folks who believe that the moon landings in particular were a hoax (one of the comedians on the show was…