Our company got a call a few years ago from one of the two rights-management
companies that monitor usage of music in business. She wanted $360 per year
in royalties for our music on hold service.
I put her on hold.
A minute later, I asked: "Do you recognize the music?"
"No," she replied.
"It's Mozart and it's being played by the Soviet National Symphony, a
country that no longer exists. So, tell me, just who would you be paying the
She said: "Never mind," and hung up.
Those licensing people are crooks. A bar owner I know showed me what she has
to pay to ASCAP because she has karioke twice a week. Right. Like the
companies that sell the karioke disks haven't already paid ASCAP.....
Does she realize that "Happy Birthday" is still under copyright and that she
is liable for a royalty payment every time her waiters bring a muffin with a
candle and break into song?
In her case, you might suggest karaoke based on 18th century opera. That
will surely draw a crowd.
On 9 Feb 2007 14:18:38 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I inherited one once and it lasted in total probably about 30 years or
so and I was amazed how long it lasted. I really felt bad to abandon
it. I chose to buy a new microwave because I thought after 30 years,
the technology likely improved somewhat. And I also felt, if one part
fails, probably another would soon after and I didn't want to put too
much money in a 30 year old unit. I wasn't too concerned about safety
at that point because I would have asked to have it checked for safety
issues at the same time. The Amana was a nice microwave but heavy.
UPDATE ON MY OLD RADARANGE:
I managed to get the old screws out and have installed the new rubber
seal along with the clean mica-glass and everything else to ensure a
nice clean and snug fit. After reassembling the door and turning on
the Radarange, I used an Amprobe "microwave leakage detector" borrowed
from a friend. I honestly expected find a small leak (at the very
least). But there were none! I guess the only thing left to do now is
to make myself a bag of popcorn. Maybe after I shine all the chrome on
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