Oh I’ve thought about it. I know how to do it. I used to pirate all my software, even before P2P and it was multipart downloads on obscure BBS, Usenet groups… and of course afterward when it got super easy. [I leeched for a while, then started contributing]… But I dunno: I think it’s the challenge of it for me, working around it. I like Paint NET. I recommend it freely to people who are just starting out their editing adventures. I’ve learned lots of great plugins that do things that people like to do.

Oh I’ve thought about it. I know how to do it. I used to pirate all my software, even before P2P and it was multipart downloads on obscure BBS, Usenet groups… and of course afterward when it got super easy. [I leeched for a while, then started contributing]…

But I dunno: I think it’s the challenge of it for me, working around it. I like Paint NET. I recommend it freely to people who are just starting out their editing adventures. I’ve learned lots of great plugins that do things that people like to do.

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Last thing I remember pirating was Omnipage Professional — I think it was version 12, shows how long ago that was. That was four computers ago I think… probably around 2003 or so. Still on dialup at the time I think.

Used LimeWire…. shows how long ago it was. I think they got taken down a while ago. I’ve used torrent occasionally since then for books I couldn’t find any other way but the challenge of finding open source or otherwise free software and cobbling together workable solutions using tools I could recommend to anybody became the challenge that took over.

But if I found a killer software that I couldn’t manage to duplicate for free in any other way, I wouldn’t hesitate.

 

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I’m 45. 2nd stage GenX with the 8-bit and the WarGames and the dialups and the l337. Not millennial.

I know, nothing is to be changed or touched. Everything is to remain the same. Can’t make derivative art. Cant remix music. All music production companies must be paid in full for every music you listen to. Book publishers must be paid for every photocopy/scan of any page of any book they publish that you do, etc.

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n fact, once upon a time – you couldn’t even take your own photograph of portraits. You had to pay for prints in the museum. No cameras allowed. You’re lucky now, benefitting from liberal tech and liberal art culture attitudes.

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fuckin’ a, that’s a rarity. Never find people who know the area online. My best buddy was from Westfield. I went to Vail Deane in Mountainside from ’86-90 before it shut down in ’91 as Roselle Park schools were a little too crowded and nutso for me.

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He took me to all the churches in Westfield it seems. In one of them, he was able to get me time at their pipe organ so I could play it. He migrated to NYC after high shool and has been there ever since.

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Interestingly, he *also* did some Social Work stuff for a few years. He liked helping people out who had mental issues.

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Ah man, I left Roselle Park in 2002 for Naples FL so I probably never bumped into you. Worked at Schering-Plough before that, which I think turned into Merk or something since, not sure.

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Yeah, not too likely we’d have bumped into each other unless it was at a Duncan Donuts or something. I’d have just been some random late 20-something guy in a suit.

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Here’s me in 2002. messing with a new webcam, making a ridiculous stop motion of myself. If you were on BBS’ or online at all as a kid, there’s a good chance you’d have bumped into me there ’cause I was on all the local boards.. but I think they were dying by then.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MlSOE2Q3eI

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