Wednesday, October 7, 2015


It is a commonly held belief that the age of digital recording is bad for the music industry. While it cannot be denied that this new era of recording has caused drastic and long lasting changes to the way that the music industry functions, it is not entirely correct to say that the industry is really in decline as a result.

Multi-faceted disclaimers such as the above come from the fact that the changes to the way that music is recorded, produced, and sold have proven to be both positive and negative, and may affect the industry in several ways. For example, while the digital production of music has made piracy more prevalent, it has also made purchasing music easier, and more personal. Basically it has become another type of gadget, except this one is in digital form.

The way that music is purchased in the digital age has also received negative remarks from economists and critics. It has only recently become profitable to sell music on a song-by-song basis due to the fact that no hardware must be produced in order for a song to be sold whereas in the past a record, tape or CD was required even for the sale of a song released as a single. The prevalent sale of individual songs has lead to what is called by some “The Death of the Album”. The elimination of the album as a way of organizing and producing music would have large effects on the way that music is both listened to and purchased.

Some predict that the Death of the Album will lead to the end of conventional music sales as single songs become more profitable than albums, leading to all-digital music sales. Some music enthusiasts take a different approach and claim that the Death of the Album will simply mean that music will become increasingly superficial as recording artists attempt to make profitable songs rather than meaningful albums.

The Return to Vinyl

Fortunately, so far neither of these predictions seem to be coming true. Perhaps albums are not as stylistically consistent as they once were as more emphasis is placed on individual songs, but albums don’t really seem to be going anywhere. As for sales of music recorded on analogue devices, several recording artists have returned to releasing albums on vinyl due to their collectivity, vintage look, and arguably, sound quality.

Another result of music going digital is the large diversification that the music industry currently enjoys as recording artists are less reliant on vast, centralized fan bases due to reduced costs of production and increased availability of material. This trend can readily be seen in the recent expansion of “alternative music” paired with a reduction in “conventional genres” such as Rock or Country as listeners have more to choose from than those recording artists that become popular enough to be played on the radio.

This has created something of an anomaly in which music becomes popular because it is on the radio rather than being on the radio because it is popular. This is not necessarily a bad thing, however, as part of what makes music so important to culture is that it is shared. The radio is what keeps this aspect intact in the age of Digital Music, as two people can have drastically different music collections, but both know the words to the songs “on the air”.

i love gadgets

Life is much simpler when you have such great technological advancements available to you for everyday use. We know how hard our forefathers had it when they had to do most things manually by hand, and we should be that times have long changed since. Gadgets are what came out from this time of technological advancement, and today were gonna show you the top 5 greatest ones for daily use.

5. Beard Trimmers

A beard trimmer is what happens when technology meets male beauty. Having to use a razor should be a thing of the past now that you have something that makes the job easier and more versatile than ever. Let’s be honest, a lot of the time you want to just trim your facial hair and a razor just can’t do a proper job of that. If you have one of the best male beard trimmers, you can not only trim your facial hair to a precise length, but also be able to get it down to a near close shave in less time than you would with a razor.

Less maintenance and more versatility, what more could you ask for from a gadget?

4. Universal Remotes

These have been around for a bit but most people haven’t caught on yet. Universal remotes do what the name makes it sound like basically: they synchronize every electronic part of your house and make it usable through a single remote. You can open and close your garage door, every part of your home entertainment system, lights in the house… the possibilities are endless.

You won’t know how cool they are until you own one.

3. Ultra 4k HD TV’s

Not much has changed for men’s hobby patterns on a Sunday afternoon. After a hard workweek where you are just taking directions from someone, you want to sit down and watch the football game or some movies right? If you have been keeping along with the news, you would have probably heard the ultra 4k HD televisions. Well if you haven’t, these are amazing. They come as close to reality as possible, and the results are just stunning. You would actually think you’re in the Amazon river hunting for anacondas!

We suggest you wait till the prices drop on these televisions because they are still new on the market and very clearly overpriced.

2. Tablets

Tablets are becoming more user friendly and dynamic so it is a great time to get one now. Most people do have one, whether it be a Samsung or Ipad. You can get a lot done with a tablet that you normally would on a personal computer, and can do it while relaxing on your couch. Sometimes you don’t want to be hunched up in an uncomfortable computer chair when you just want to search for some gifts to get your wife and kids. This is when a tablet really comes in handy and you appreciate it.

There are many great deals on tablets nowadays and you can enjoy a decent one at a pretty low price.

1. Smartphones

Smartphones are definitely one of the top gadgets that every man should have. The days of flip phones are long gone, and what you can do with a Samsung Galaxy S6 nowadays is spectacular. Tracking your calories or checking your stock portfolio has never been smoother and more convenient with a smart phone. There are a lot of great ones out there and it is definitely necessary to have as a man in today’s world.

We recommend Samsung, Apple, or HTC smartphones for a great experience.


These 5 gadgets should be in every man’s possession so that your life is much more convenient and stress free. They are designed to make your life much easier, as well as provide you with the entertainment and usability to feel like a real man that is in control.


The relationship between “Niche Markets” and their consumers has drastically changed within the past two decades due to Online Markets, or “E-Commerce” facilitating far more expansive and accessible outlets to the obscure forms of media whether it be a band on the rise, a low budget film, or a television program that has gone off-air.

In the case of several of these “Cult Followings” much of the appeal comes from the feeling of exclusivity that can come from being dedicated to something that is not widely known, or “main-stream”. Niche Markets pose something of a ring in conventional marketing: they are often not easily catered to because they are small, and they often remain small because they are not well catered, and thus are not overly visible to potential consumers not already aware of the presence of the market.

These E-commerce Sites Are Really Just Sophisticated “Online Engineers”

For brick and mortar retailers to cater to a market, the market needs to either be national in scale, or smaller but with areas of great density. When the Internet is used to sell products, neither of these needs must be met, because the ability to ship products wherever they need to go, and the ability of consumers to locate goods without traveling mean that large numbers of sales in particular areas are not required to make an item profitable.

We are seeing less of this, and more of online checkouts.
We are seeing less of this, and more of online checkouts.

Bearing in mind the opening sentence to the paragraph and applying a little logic one can see that once E-Commerce facilitates catering to a previously under-reached market, it is easier for the market to grow. In this way it can be said that websites that cater to niche markets are contributing to social diversity by allowing “non-mainstream” commodities to be more easily obtained, when these items can not be profitably sold by conventional retailers, which in turn increases interest and engagement in fields that do not yet have national attention.

Possibly beginning with E-Bay, online markets began to cater to tastes that were not easily satisfied in conventional settings, especially niche markets, such as the fans of cult television shows or films. Early on, however, these auction-style sites specialized primarily in the sale of collectable items, meaning that even those that sold to niche markets were obtained by the original owners through non-conventional means.

In other words these sites were venues for hard to find things to be sold to small numbers of consumers, making them a less than pivotal point in the relationship between the Internet and Niche Markets. One thing that these sites did do, was to demonstrate the effectiveness of the Internet as a tool for locating non-centralized consumer bases. In time the internet would play host to a large number of sites dedicated to retail beyond the auction-style selling of specifically commodity merchandise. For a number of years, however, internet selling remained a big time corporate game.

As the internet became more common place and user friendly, however, it became a venue for smaller operations, such as small-time shops ready to show their wares to a much larger market. As you can tell, these online engineers have basically skewed something that used to be brick and mortar and pushed it to a colossal scale by making it readily available online. What is the return on this type of sophisticated risk? A multi billion dollar company that basically runs itself online. It really is crazy what the technology and the internet can do for a company.


Microsoft is the company you love to hate, for one reason or another. It seems that over the years there is a notion that lots of people dislike the software giant. We suspect former IBM employees are to blame for the hate or maybe anti-Windows and Pro UNIX/Linux fans. Whatever it is, we take a look at why so many have this loathsome relationship with the windows creator. Starting from their outspoken creator and billionaire giant, Bill Gates.

Bill Gates: The worlds richest man is also the worlds biggest philanthropist, so how can anyone hate Mr. Gates? It’s simple really; he killed any hopes of an open source desktop OS becoming mainstream. All for profit.

Steve Jobs: Lets be honest here, Steve Jobs hated windows. Why? because it stopped his OS from being number one. Many Apple fan boys still hold a grudge till this very day. Get over it guys, you have the iPhone and the iPad doing extremely well. Focus on your own company and leave the hate for Windows behind.

IBM: The company back in the day had delusions of grandeur, that’s until Microsoft snapped them back to reality. IBM wanted a world where they were the top dog in the desktop market, but unfortunately Windows had other plans.

Linux: Like all the others, Linux was the hopes and dreams of anti-Windows crowd. In the 90′s Linus Torvalds created the open source OS as an alternative to Windows. It never really toke off in the desktop market, Windows is still king. Linux fanboys are still annoying.

Unix: Only the old school dudes know what Unix is, so let’s just say that windows killed it, buried it, and left no trace behind.

Steve Ballmer: When Bill Gates relinquished his duties and placed Steve Ballmer at the helm, its only natural the hate would be redirected towards Mr. Developer himself. You signed up for this Ballmer.

XBOX 360 and One: Hardware failures might be the thing of the past since the company introduce a new and improved 360, but memories of RROD still linger. The haters had a field day back then, but now they are bowing to the excellence of these two entertainment systems.

Monopoly: Many accused the Office creator of Monopolistic activities, especially the FTC, which took Microsoft to court and won. Many saw the company as evil after that and still see it to this day. Many tech giants face this problem however so it is not all that uncommon.

Open Source: The open source community believes that all software should be free. Microsoft represented the opposite because the company likes to actually get paid for their hard work. Go figure, right?

It seems safe to say that all this hate towards Microsoft is really unwarranted. Being a large and prestigious company is actually very difficult, because every decision you make can negatively impact someone in one way or another. With that said, there is nothing really wrong that Microsoft has done and there are way worse companies out there to loathe instead.


Unlike other powerful billionaires, Bill Gates tends to stay away from the ever glaring eye of the media, that’s unless he’s giving away a few billion dollars. The man who started Microsoft and turned it into on of the biggest tech company in the world, has an interesting past that includes devious mischief and fierce business tactics. These days the world’s richest man focuses more on philanthropy then he does on software. He actually is one of the most active donators in the world, and he does a lot of good for different sectors in life. Needless to say that we love Bill Gates, so this one is dedicated to him.

Below is the ten things you probably never knew about Bill Gates:

  1. Gates was known as ‘Trey’  at home thanks to daddy Gates dropping his own “III” suffix.
  2. Bill’s first program ever written was in BASIC  on a ASR-33 teletype terminal and a GE system , the program was tic-tac-toe.
  3. Bill would modify his school’s computer system to place himself in classes with mostly girls.
  4. Bill Gates first met current Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer during he’s time at Harvard University.
  5. Bill Gates and buddy Paul Allen got the entrepreneurial bug after the release of the MITS Altair 8800.
  6. Gates was known to be a shark when it came to business, it is said that during meetings and presentations, Bill would interrupt whom ever was speaking saying: “That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard!” or “Why don’t you just give up your options and join the Peace Corps?”.
  7. The Gates household pays a whopping $991,000 in property taxes, somewhere a libertarian  is steaming.
  8. Bill purchased writings by Leonardo da Vinci, for a shocking $30.8 million at an auction. That’s lunch money for the world richest man.
  9. Bill may be an expert at spending the money, but man does he know how to give it away. Bill and his wife Melinda has given away over $28 billion to charity.
  10. 1987 was the year Bill Gates was first declared a billionaire at the young age of 32.

Heres A Little Bonus For Everyone:

Five ridiculous conspiracy theories about Bill Gates.

  1. Bill stole the idea for Windows from Apple. Laugh out loud on this one.
  2. He is secretly distributing vaccines to lower the population in poor countries. Quite possible right?
  3. He is a prominent member of the secret society group, Illuminati. Most possible out of the rest.
  4. Bill is the love child of Former United States Attorney, General Janet Reno. This is a fun one.
  5. Bill Gates, Ted Turner and George Soros to create the biggest left-wing think tank in history. Definitely.