I Love Field Replaceable Stuff

Talking about saving some change. Battery in the Rotel UPS serviced out which is to be expected after five years. The last replacement I had purchased an entire battery kit which was quite expensive. This time, I noticed that the battery kit could come apart, wasn’t factory sealed. To my amazement, standard 12v, 8ah batteries, four of them. Matched them up at Batteries Plus which had a 10% off coupon if you order online and pick up in store. Good deal and all done.

And here comes a Prince inspired story…

As we all have them. It’s 1985 on an early Saturday evening and the fellas, we’re at the crib watching Purple Rain because that’s what you do before heading out to the club in Trier. The rule back then was, as diehard Prince fans, you had to have something purple on you when going out. Well Randy didn’t have anything so he decides to buy something.

Less than 30 minutes later, Randy burst back into the room….

Randy: “Hey Reese, guess what I got!”

Reese: (annoyed that the ~30th viewing of Purple Rain is interrupted) “What!!!…”

Randy: “A purple lighter, and I got one for you too!” as he proudly holds out the two lighters, one in each hand.

Rob: “Fool, you don’t even smoke”

Randy: “But the hunnies do”

Joseph (never call him Joe): “Damn, he’s right”

Me (the nerd): “Hunnies?”

Everyone else: roll eyes….

A clear example of how copyrights harm music

There’s a rare recording of Bob Marley doing an acapella cover of “Chances Are”, the Johnny Mathis classic. I could only imagine that it was a superb recording. So with wanting to hear it, I immediately head over to the page while thinking how great this will sound eagerly ready to press the play button.

Listen To Bob Marley Sing Chances Are Acapella In This Super Rare Audio – IReggaeNation.

In Britian

But at this point I paused to get my morning coffee as I think out loud… “what better way to hear Bob Marley sing Chances Are on a Sunday morning but with a nice cup of coffee”. I return with my coffee and click the link only to find out that the content is blocked, based on what country you’re in.

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Seriously….this happens. My coffee now tastes bitter. I’m wondering why this is so. Why block what has to be a great piece of recording. I can’t imaging that it is actively still being pressed and sold, it’s just sitting somewhere in an archive. So apparently the Harry Fox Agency, the same copyright company that actually claimed copyrights over the public domain works of Johann Strauss, somehow owns this copyright. I ask myself what’s the point in blocking this recording. Wouldn’t publicly sharing just lend to people wanting to buy the recording? I would.

You see, this is what frustrates folks who love music, and leads them to use nefarious measures to attain what they love. So I just want to thank the Harry Fox Agency for helping me keep my skills sharp. You see, digital copyright is an exercise in futility. Those who restrict access on the basis of money will always eventually loose to those who have the love for all forms of art. Our passions for the arts are greater than your passion for money.

“I can only imagine” that the recording is just so beautiful….yes, yes it is….