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iPod tax

I’m a lover of music. I buy my albums, cherish them and put them neatly onto my shelves. I buy the “special” editions because I get more music (for, admittedly, more money, but I can take the hit). I make sure I rip them properly to my hard-disc, that it’s all tagged properly and that I can go through my complete collection easily. I listen to that music a lot. It’s why I bought an iPod back in August last year.

When you live in the Netherlands, you’re used to some crazy stuff. Drugs legislation is an easy one, but there’s a lot more. It amazes people every single day, those from abroad and those who’ve been here for as long as they live. “Terrorists” are a Dutchman’s worst fear, but in most cases the government takes the cake. I guess I’m okay with living here.

Sometimes, stuff happens. People get together, forge insanity, sharpen it with media attention and stab right through my heart and that of many others. It will not necessarily be new to you—I recall myself ranting about this to a select few some months back—but apparently some Dutch society of music rights protection (mind you, this is not the official Buma/Stemra) got a plan through to throw many euros of tax over MP3 players. This can be as pricey as € 25 over the price of my 20GB iPod (and even more on the new 30GB and 60GB versions!). The money goes to this crowd of bright minds.

It is on moments like this that I shake my head in despair. I paid a lot of money to get my music. Many people do the same and may want an iPod just as well. I guess you can fill in the lines. What’s the next prey? Hard-discs? Of a terabyte? Thank you, so-called “music rights protector”, and good bye.


Firstly I apologise to all of you who expected the jury’s words on the winner of the contest. They’re still crunchin’, but it shouldn’t be too long now!

Now, why “poo”? Internet Explorer, that’s poo. I was quite late to this post, but I feel like saying something about it. I’m going to try and think of what the bumming hell was going on…

It’s 3PM, and work’s been quite boring. But that’s just an illusion. Secretly he’s been working on something groundbreaking. Rounded corners! Oh my frikken’ god! I am so going to post about this on our collaborative blog and show the world our amazing web development skills! With childish glee and for the onlooker the parental melancholy when seeing a boy’s smile, doomed to fade and fail, the chap publishes his post. Only to be torn apart by people who have been online for the past five years. Who have read weblogs. Ouch!

Markus, your attempt is cute, but don’t think you’ve made this an enjoyable read. Or that you made the world a better place by publishing this post. Okay, I admit, I don’t know who wrote the MSDN article or how old it is and all, but purrr-lease… Oh, and Markus? Avalon is throwing people back to 1998. But now with slightly more modern graphics. Thanks a bundle.

Lastly, sorry about having neglected this site for a bit, but I had a rather difficult week. I hope more good stuff will be coming up, though.


and add a * html something::after {content:”IE is shit!”;}
Oh no…
that wouldn’t work :P
Sad eh.
a hack for a feature that wouldn’t work :P

Isn’t it a bitch that we have to deal with these sort of things only to remember that it’s unpossible? Sheesh…

Any of you got any cool paradoxes or ironic jokes/anecdotes/stories? I’m kind of pessimistic tonight, so hit it!