Government

Republicans Capture House Majority
November 3, 2010

The Republican Party surged to victory in the House of Representatives in Tuesday's midterm elections in the U.S., with the GOP capturing a majority in the House but failing to overturn the Democratic majority in the Senate. Politicians associated with the CE industry posted mixed results on election night.

Health Insurance and the Small Business
October 6, 2010

As hard as it may be for many of you to believe, I have not yet reached the age of eligibility for Social Security and Medicare. A lot of that has to do with genetics and how youthful I still appear. After all, I was carded to buy an adult beverage as recently as 48 years ago.

The reason I bring this to your attention is that my family and I have just concluded the horrifying experience of finding health insurance coverage, at least until I am able to put my medical needs in the hands of the government. I now have even greater respect for the decision of my previous employer aggreeing to pay for my family's health coverage until just last month.

Retail Crime Bill Passes House
September 30, 2010

A bipartisan bill that would give the federal government new power to investigate organized retail crime passed the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday, drawing applause from industry groups.

I'm Just Saying...
September 22, 2010

The time between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is a time of reflection for Jews around the world. It is a time when Jews ask forgiveness and atonement for their sins during the past year. That being the case, perhaps many of you will seek my forgiveness for the articles I have written that you may have found fault with over the course of the last year or so.

PS3 Going 3D For Movies
September 16, 2010

Sony announced Thursday that a software update later this month will make the PlayStation 3 console work as a 3D Blu-ray Disc Player.

Economy & Jobs Survey Results
September 15, 2010

Last week's survey produced the largest response in the history of the Sachs Report Survey. There is no question that the questions posed in this most recent survey hit close to home. Also, for the first time, we were able to get some additional responses to questions with our "inside the survey" comments section. Our first question, which asked what is the most important idea currently being considered for moving the economy in the right direction, actually ended in a tie. Approximately 18 percent of respondents chose repealing health care reform, while an equal number stated extending the Bush tax cuts for one to three years was the way to go.

Competition vs. Unemployment
August 26, 2010

We currently have a vortex of conflict establishing itself in the mobile auto sound business. Two automotive retail and installation giants, one a big national player and the other a big regional player, are testing an alliance. As a free trade, open-markets wonk, I find no fault in this competitive challenge that will present itself to the independent specialists working in this space. But I have reservations about the timing. Hence the conflict.

The Imbalance of Fair Trade
August 11, 2010

When I speak with folks in the consumer electronics community today, I hear much about fair trade and how we should have fair trade with Colombia and other parts of the world. Fair trade is a wonderful, feel-good topic that many espouse-except when it interferes with their personal business practices.  

Google, Verizon Reach Internet Traffic Deal Amid Wider Talks
August 5, 2010

Betanews Several news services including Bloomberg and Reuters are reporting that Google and Verizon have reached a deal which would regulate how Internet traffic would be handled. While generally upholding net neutrality principles, it does seem to offer Verizon considerable leeway. The deal comes amid the FCC attempts to negotiate directly with major Internet companies over the matter. Google, AT&T, Verizon, and Skype have all been invited to Washington for closed-door meetings with the FCC