I’ve been shopping at Amazon.com for years, and have occasionally found the service’s product recommendations useful. But over time, as the store has become larger and its inventory more diverse, it’s become harder for those stressed algorithms to come up with truly useful recommendations. For me, this reached its apotheosis with the recommendation above, suggesting that I get some accessories for a recently purchased HDMI cable. The proposed accessories? More HDMI cables! I guess they could keep each other company. Or perhaps it’s part of a scheme by an alien species, a la “Or All The Seas With Oysters.” Not sure what the offspring of two HDMI cables would be; maybe a DRM-enabled, 1080p-capable coat hanger. Or bicycle.
By Marc Perton