Wal-Mart Gives Consumers Number 1 Reason Why DRM is Not the Answer – ReadWriteWeb

Yet another good reason to avoid DRM.  I predict that we will see a lot more of this in the coming years.  Do yourself a favor, and buy music you can use, wherever and whenever you want.  There are plenty of sources for DRM Free MP3s, most of which are cheaper than the DRM versions offered elsewhere.  Look at Amazon, eMusic, and some iTunes music for starters.

Customers of Wal-Mart's digital music service will be in for a big shock very soon, just as Yahoo Music customers were. Wal-Mart has announced that they will shut down their DRM servers on October 9th. What does this mean for Wal-Mart digital music buyers?

If you have purchased protected WMA music files from our site prior to Feb 2008, we strongly recommend that you back up your songs by burning them to a recordable audio CD. By backing up your songs, you will be able to access them from any personal computer.

Wal-Mart Gives Consumers Number 1 Reason Why DRM is Not the Answer - ReadWriteWeb.

Home Brew, Junk Yard Ale

Just cracked open the first bottle of Junk Yard Dog IPA.  I've had it conditioning in the fridge for 2 weeks now and thought I'd crack one open for a taste.  The carbonation is pretty light, much like a Fat Tire, but it doesn't taste flat at all.  It has a strong hops aroma and bites a little at the start but finishes clean and smooth.

The recipe recommended 6-8 weeks of conditioning, so I'll give it another try in 3-4 weeks and see how it's doing.

Bookmarks for September 24th through September 25th

These are my links for September 24th through September 25th:

Hurricane Ike Still Sucks

My family still hasn't been able to get back on Galveston island, but we have some 1st and 2nd hand reports of damage.  Anyone east of 61st St will get to go back on Wednesday, but most of them won't have a livable house to return to.  No word yet when the west end gets to go back, probably next week yet.

Dad's house is ok and appears dry.  It was built better than current code and is raised about 9' above the ground on 12x12 posts.  The entire garage and all the contents are a loss.  No windows were lost and the roof, siding, and storm doors all look fine.  The storage sheds took a lot of damage, mostly to the roof.  They don't plan to go back til they have electricity, water, and sewer, but at least their house is livable.

My sister's house took a bath with just over 2 feet of water in the living area and 4 feet in the garage.  Mom's CR-V was in the garage and the water floated some things up onto the hood.  At the very least they'll have to gut the house and remodel.  There is a chance they will have to bring it up to code and raise, or rebuild the house to at least 11' above sea level.  The ground there is about 6' and the house is already up 2' so they don't have too far to go.  I think they half hope they can rebuild but that will depend on insurance.