inessential by Brent Simmons


You know how some albums changed your life? How it’s hard to imagine their not existing? Here are the ones that changed my life:

I Just Can’t Stop It - English Beat
London Calling - the Clash
(self-titled) - Velvet Underground
Murmur - R.E.M.
It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold us Back - Public Enemy
Ziggy Stardust - David Bowie
If I Should Fall from Grace with God - Pogues
Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart - Camper van Beethoven
(self-titled) - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Electric Warrior - T. Rex

DRM—Digital Rights Management—is an issue on today’s Scripting News.

Here’s the thing I keep not getting. Me, I don’t really want to play music or watch movies or whatever on my computer.

I’d much rather pop in a CD in my stereo or put a tape in my VCR.

So when DRM comes up, I just think to myself, “Who cares? Not me.”

But maybe lots of other people really do want to watch movies on their computers? I don’t know, it just seems like a weird thing to want to do. I mean, we already have TVs, right, and they’re pretty cool.

On principle I don’t like this whole DRM thing. But it doesn’t exactly get me up in arms, since it doesn’t affect me.

Or, at least I think it doesn’t affect me. I could be way wrong.

Schadenfreude. Via blackholebrain.