5 October << 2001 >> 7 October
So, I was thinking that one of my difficulties now is that I have too much free time, and nothing mind numbing enough to fritter away that free time enough such that I actually appreciate its value and try to do something about it. So, I ordered a copy of Simcity 3000 Unlimited from Amazon.com. Okay, Amazon reccomended a strategy guide to me. Well, maybe they have it at the library. So, I ask Google for the mountain view public library's web site, do a catalog search, and find no strategy guide, but the software itself. Awesome! I can warez it off the library for a few days while my own copy ships!
Today, I went searching the two shelves of CD-ROM titles in the Media area of the library, but Simcity was naught to be found. Hrmmm. The card catalog said it would be there! I asked a librarian if maybe it was kept in a hidden stash somewhere. She verified what I had, with the card catalog, that it should be in on the shelves, and noted that it hadn't been checked out since August, which struck her as unusual for such a popular title. The thing must have sprouted legs, I observed. She entered the item as "missing."
Now, not that I condone, or would ever engage in, shoplifting, but I can kind of understand someone filching a copy off the store. Software costs money! But ripping off the library?! When you could just borrow the game for free!? That is the depths of depravity. Or, at least, stupidity! I mean, you could borrow it, and bring it to a friend with a burner, and get your own copy made. Or, find a friend who knows how to find warez and download the no CD crack, as I did today, because the Windows computer I have access to has naught a CD-ROM drive!