Cory Doctorow has a good writeup over at the awesomely cool Boing Boing about his troubles with iTunes Digital Resource Management (DRM).
It’s exactly the kinds of issues Doctorow is going through that keeps me from spending any money at the iTunes Music Store. Not that it’s Apple’s fault, per se; it seems they did a really good job of talking the troglodytic music publishers into a semblance of a sane DRM scheme. Here’s Apple’s brief and breezy explanation of the scheme.
As a person who goes between different computers all the time and does Strange and Disturbing things to operating systems, adding the overhead of authorizing and deauthorizing machines so that I can listen to music I’ve bought is a complete show stopper.
Still loving the iTunes Music Store, though. It’s a great way to sample music. I’m just not going to buy anything from there and add DRM hassles to my life. Hopefully with time the labels are going to wake up and smell the burning vinyl.
Music: “Rise Above” by Black Flag [Opens in iTunes]
Includes Hollywood Dead, Tales from the Loop, Things from the Flood, The Court of Broken Knives, and Port of Shadows.
Nic has a retinal tear and has his vision is saved by a laser.
Includes The Storm Before the Storm, White Trash, Calypso, Tell the Machine Goodnight, Prince of Fools, and Provenance.
The Internet tells Nic to install Ubiquiti gear in his house, so he does, and now he has thoughts.
What I wish I’d known when I started podcasting.
Nic starts a new podcast about—gasp!—American sports.
Mostly excellent non-fiction in this installment. Includes Fantasyland, The Miracle of Dunkirk, Das Reich, The Undoing Project, Waiting for the Punch, Vacationland and Points of Impact.