Under the Influence, Don’t Feed the Pirates

Summary: Through his column, Writing Under the Influence, Ken Circeo reveals the lighter side of the rough and tumble computer industry. The column is at once witty and truthful, and its humorous tone fills a critical void in an industry that often takes itself all too seriously.


“So I’m sitting at home reading blogs when my neighbor, Rance, calls and asks me if I can get him a manual for some pirated software he’s thinking about buying.

Surely you’re talking about some kind of computer game, right Rance? Something where Johnny Depp is hijacking ships all over the place and keeps running into those two dopey guards? I know you’re not asking about buying an illegally produced copy of a Microsoft product, because the last time I checked, that was slightly AGAINST THE LAW!”

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