Name: Michael Crawford
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Last Login: 2016-04-26 11:11:35
Besides writing programming tips as well as webmastering and web design tips, some of which are offered under Creative Commons license, I also play piano, and offer free music downloads, also under a Creative Commons license.
If you live near Portland, Oregon, or Vancouver or Seattle, Washington, check my concert schedule from time to time, maybe you can catch a live performance.
You can obtain a Free as in Freedom copy of my Compact Disc at my performances.
I also wrote quite a popular article back in July 2003 about legal music downloads offered by many of us independent artists.
I am dead certain that the phenomenal success of Apple's iTunes Music Store, as well as the ready availability of non-DRMed paid music downloads, is the direct result of my article being Google's top hit for legal music downloads for about eight years.
A while back the RIAA put up its own Legal Music Downloads index, but all the links were to RIAA Member Labels, all of which are paid downloads, most of which use DRM.
I have no problem with requiring payment to download one's music - if you offer so much as one complete track of your music for direct HTTP for FTP download, then I'll be happy to link you in return for your reciprocal link from anywhere on your own site - my backlink need not be on your homepage nor your download link.
But I do have a problem with DRM, as well as with incomplete "preview" downloads.
The RIAA's Legal Music Download page was #2, directly under my own #1, for maybe three or four months then it quite mysteriously disappeared!
A sincere and scholarly religious seeker occasionally experimented with mescaline. While spending an evening in his study amid his books, music, and works of art, rapturously intoxicated, he suddenly figured out the secret of happiness. After recovering from his initial exhiliration, he realized he could not trust himself to remember the secret, so he wrote it on a slip of paper where he would be sure to find it later. Sure enough, he felt groggy the following morning, recalling only dimly that he had discovered something momentous. When he eventually came across the slip of paper, he recalled that he had written the secret of happiness on it, and that he had felt quite certain of its power and correctness at the time he had written it. Hands trembling with anticipation, he unfolded the scrap of paper. He had written, "Think in different patterns".
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