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August 30, 2003

freedom of speech in software

/. alerted me of a great essay (archived) written by Phil Salin on why software is protected free speech and should not be regulated by . So yes, you must read it.

I agree with this whole heartedly. For quite some time I have always compared the act of programming to be more similar to an author crafting a novel than to some sort of act of engineering. In fact, this is my reasoning for why I didn't take to any of my classes at University and eventually flunked out. They tried to teach computer programming to me as if it was an engineering discipline and I just wasn't having any of it. I have been programming since I was ten and I have always felt (even if I didn't know it at the time) that it was a form of expression. As soon as I had completed any piece of code, I would immediately run off to grab whoever I could find to show it to them. I took great pride in having created something myself. The same pride I would have felt had I painted a picture, written a story, or composed some music.

I don't think anyone would disagree that computer and video games are a form of art and expression. Perhaps not something you would hang on the wall at The Art Institute of Chicago, but they are certainly expressive, have plots, tell you a story, and can be quite beautiful at doing so. Simply because it requires a computer to make it "go" shouldn't make it any different from a movie that requires a projector or a DVD player. After all, a DVD player is nothing more than a specialized computer that reads a certain type of software program off of a disc.

August 25, 2003

the FIRST get up kids song you ever heard

I made the following post to this thread on The Get Up Kids message board and it's just so relevant I had to duplicate it here as well. Argh! I'm so pissed at the RIAA. Who knows what other music I may have been introduced to if they didn't 187 Napster.

Back in the Napster days, near the end when they introduced that Featured Artists section or whatever it was called, The Get Up Kids were listed on it for the song Ten Minutes. So I downloaded it and I have been in love ever since!! Since then I have bought every single TGUK album/ep/split to release on CD, some of them more than once (long stories). I have also bought many on vinyl even though I already own the CD version. I have gone to every TGUK show in the Chicago area since (the Vagrant America tour will never be beaten) and I've laid out cash for countless t-shirts at the shows and off of BCD. My love for TGUK has lead to purchasing all the New Ams and Reggie CDs along with shirts as well. I saw New Ams at the Abbey Pub a few weeks ago, and I have tickets for Reggie at House of Blues this Saturday. All told I wouldn't doubt if I have spent over $300 on TGUK and company alone. Compliment that with further money spent on CDs/Vinyl/Shirts/Concerts from bands that have toured with The Get Up Kids such as Hot Rod Circuit, Saves the Day, Dashboard Confessional, Alkaline Trio, etc. All told, I may have spent well over $700 all stemming from the cycle of events kicked off from that one download off of Napster. I wonder how my story fits into the RIAA's file-sharing is destroying music theory.

August 21, 2003

pain in my ass SoBig

Okay I hate Microsoft now more than ever. SoBig.F has got to be the greatest assault to mankind yet made possibly by Bill and company. Since the latest variant of the SoBig virus began disseminating over the internet Monday morning, I have received over 2000 of these fucking emails. OVER TWO FUCKING THOUSAND OF THEM!! I just spent that last 3 hours purging all of there retched existence from Mail.app. And that doesn't even account for the time I spent on Monday and yesterday dealing with them as well. MY FUCKING GOD!!! Who do I send the bill for my wasted time? Time I will never get back. SoBig has essentially shortened my life-span. Fuck, I even ran out of space on my PowerBook because I got so many of the fuckers. So with that in mind, I do have comfort in the fact that I shall never see another SoBig virus email ever again as I finally added the appropriate rule to my .procmailrc file on the server so I should never see them again. In case you wish to do the same, here is what I put:
* ^X-MailScanner: Found to be clean
* ^X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 6.00.2600.0000
* ^Content-Type: multipart/mixed

August 18, 2003

congrats to apple

Wooohooo!!! I wish I was getting one!


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