Podcast: The Future of Retail

Online shopping has forced us to rethink what retail shopping means. In particular, walking into a store to buy tech gear seems antiquated. Retail offers limited choice, higher prices, and often poor customer service. Do retail stores, particularly for hard goods, have a future? Maybe, but only if retail changes.


I somehow killed my Logitech G602 mouse, so replaced it with the shiny new G900. I call it a “semi-cordless” mouse, since it needs relatively frequent recharging. I just keep it attached during work hours, detach it for gaming. It’s light, which took a little getting used to, precise, and adaptable. I’m also starting to get used to the Logitech G810. We’ll see if I can avoid repetitive stress injury, but I like the feel of Logitech’s Romer-G mechanical keys.


The Netgear Nighthawk X6 is now up and running. Setup proved to be pretty simple, but I’m still a bit skeptical about the Smart Connect feature, which hides the dual 5GHz radios under one SSID, automatically allocating connections.


Eric wraps up XCOM, then contemplates XCOM2. I didn’t have much PC game time this week, but latched onto the iOS implementation of the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game as implemented by Obsidian. I also got in some quality board game time, including 13 Days, Mansions of Madness 2nd Edition (app-driven), Manhattan Project: Chain Reaction, and the super-asymmetric Vast: the Crystal Caverns.


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