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March 19th, 2015 by pirateadmin
I just finished sorting my new DVDR downloads for the last couple of months. As usual, these are only feature movies.
3 days to kill
A viking saga: The darkest day
Big bad wolves
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Edge of tomorrow
Embrace of the vampire
Flying swords of Dragon Gate
John Carpenter’s Vampires
Monuments men, the
Police Story 2013
Purge 2: Anarchy
Ragin Cajun Redneck Gators
Scorpion King 4: Quest for power
Space Station ’76
February is the month of book sales, and I have just spent around 65 euros on various books; novels, fact books, comics. That took a big chunk of my media budget, so once again I have to emphasize that it is not that I am not willing to spend my budget on legal media. After my book purchases are done, I have very little money left for this kind of “fun buying” and that’s why the above producers and studios did not loose anything from my downloads. If my wallet is empty, it doesn’t matter if I download a movie, as that is the same as refraining from buying it because I am broke. Simple as that!
March 14th, 2015 by pirateadmin
For me as a semi-physical pirate – in the sense that I download digitally and burn discs for physcial storage – storage space is a key factor. I have custom built shelves that are more space efficient than store-bought solutions, but even my media room and the shelves there are limited. Now that I have thousands of discs (and even more items if you count books, comics, vinyl LPs, bought DVDs and posters) I am storing new burned discs in a new way. I came up with this solution last year but have not implemented it properly until now. It’s not unique, nothing special, nothing that would keep Einstein awake, but it’s just that I had to realize that my preferred way of storage (individual jewelcases for protection and artwork) took up too much space, and there’s a specific point you arrive to when you realize that enough is enough.
So, new additions are being stored differently, beginning a couple of months back. It’s very basic; discs are now put in paper sleeves, which are put in plastic baskets. This isn’t only about storage efficiency (one basket can hold around 130 discs, whereas the same space can hold 60 jewelcases) but it creates entirely new conditions as well:
- I now store movies alphabetically, which is easy with the paper envelopes but nearly impossible with jewelcases, which are difficult to move around in a flexible way
- I now keep watched movies together with unwatched ones, because now there is space for that
- I no longer have to create custom artwork for the burned discs, which has been a hobby of mine. The paper envelopes can hold paper with artwork in them but the transparent window so small that it makes it not worthwile
- The baskets can be stacked on top of eachother so I am not limited to the shelves, but can store stacks of baskets on the floor
Here is the way I used to store burned DVDRs and how I store them now:
February 1st, 2015 by pirateadmin
It’s download Sunday again! The main day of the week for browsing tracker sites and choosing torrents to grab. Today is also the day The Pirate Bay got online again, after having been raided by the Swedish police a few weeks ago. I have checked out their “new” site; a few tweaks remain, but nice to have them back.
Some numbers that shows some of my situation right now:
- Current downloads: 4 DVDRs
- Current uploads: 70 (movies, music, software) of which 13 is active right now
- Best ratio: Alan Parsons Project – Eye In The Sky – 294.862 (shared over 294 times)
- Uploaded today: 5.62 GB
- Downloaded today (so so far): 1.32 GB
- Total ratio 3.248 (everything uploades vs downloaded since uTorrent was installed)
- Total number of torrents downloaded: 1298 (since uTorrent was installed)
- Downloaded music on harddrive: 229 GB / 31174 files
- Movies on harddrive: 470 GB (mostly DVDR, so around 105 movies)
- Downloaded DVDR movies burned on discs: 2735 (compared to around 650 store-bought DVDs and 1 BluRay)
That’s how it looks. And I’d like to say again; none of my downloads have replaced purchases. I simply could not have afforded to buy 2735 movies, so my collection would be those 650 bought ones.
January 18th, 2015 by pirateadmin
We Norwegian pirates have a lot to thank Swedish pirates for. Not only The Pirate Bay, but dozens of other torrent sites, as well as leading the way in what it really means to be a pirate. That is so much more than just grabbing free stuff on the net. However, speaking of piratism, there is a huge difference between Norwegian and Swedish pirates.
Sweden has a longer and wider tradition of piratism on the net. This has resulted in Swedish pirates being much more active in capturing and uploading content. In fact, if you want Swedish content, you can find most of it online but Norwegian content is often completely absent. Swedish movies, audiobooks, and TV can be easily found. Missed last week’s episode of a talkshow? It’s online in some pirate bay. Norwegian talkshows and documentaries can only be seen at the website of the broadcaster (for as long as they determine and in the format they choose). It seems that Norwegian pirates are either more lazy, or they have not embraced the tradition of pirating things.
I feel that the Norwegian pirate scene is less concious about piratism in general. It appears that Norwegian pirates are pirates “for fun” or because they have surplus time for it. While Swedish pirates are more serious and looking to improve society through piratism. At least, the core of Norwegian pirates who are serious is smaller than the Swedish core. Ironically, Swedish ISPs helped creating this situation by early on developing broadband access in almost all parts of the country.
Sweden, un point. Norvege, zero point. Again.
January 8th, 2015 by pirateadmin
December is always a special busy period; presents, cookies, trips, family gatherings… so less time for everything and anything computer-wise. Therefore, only these movies were downloaded last month:
American Ninja 2
American Ninja 3
Hell on wheels season 3
Joy Ride 3
Klondike season 1
No one lives
X-Men 5: Days of future past
See you soon!
December 10th, 2014 by pirateadmin
And so it appears that The Pirate Bay has been raided again, and shut down by Swedish police. This morning I wanted to find some file utility software, and it’s convenient to get it from TPB, even though there are free software out there on the developers’ sites. TPB is not just a place to get free stuff, it is also a convenient place where you don’t need to fill in a form, request an email to be sent to you and download from a third party place, like I had to to get my file admin tool. Just like YouTube is convenient for browsing songs and full albums, all in one place, easy to use interface and no hassle.
In the pirate community, it has been speculated if this raid is the final nail in the coffin for TPB. Even one of the founders, Peter Sunde who was recently released from prison for having aided piracy, thinks TPB is no good anymore, and would not mind seeing it shot down for good. Well, he may be bitter it did not do for him what he wanted to, but “everyone else” (except the people in the entertainment industry who can’t get their heads around basic things like consumer power) hopes the site will be back soon. If it doesn’t resume delivery of torrents, there will be others.
November 1st, 2014 by pirateadmin
Hello again. Been a bit busy the last few weeks – not just downloading, but working. However, here is the download list for August, September and October 2014. I still try to limit what I download to save space in my shelves, but now I have found a new way to store DVDs which takes up much smaller space, so I have to find other reasons to not grab everything, hehe!
12 years a slave
300: Rise of an empire
A million ways to die in the west
Adventurer, the: curse of the Midas box
Air force one is down
Amazing Spider-Man 2
Captain America 2: The winter soldier
Dyatliv pass incident, the
Force of execution
Guns and girls
Hansel & Gretel get baked
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Legend of Hercules
Need for speed
Zero Theorem, the
Cliff Martinez – Only God Forgives (soundtrack)
Cliff Martinez – The Knick
Aphex Twin – Syro
Kylie Minogue – The Abbey Road Sessions
Klaus Schulze – Shadowlands
Also grabbed 10 episodes of United States of Bacon, as I wanted to keep the recepies for future reference, hehe!
August 5th, 2014 by pirateadmin
So, July has passed, it has been very hot and I have been busy doing other things than scanning the web for movies. I am sure the MPAA executives and Hollywood producers are happy for that fact, but nevertheless, here are my July 2014 DVDR grabs:
Armour of God 4: Chinese Zodiac
Raid, the 2
Ironclad 2: Battle for blood
August promises to be much better!
July 22nd, 2014 by pirateadmin
This just in from VG247:
The British government has decriminalised online video game, music and movie piracy, scrapping fuller punishment plans after branding them unworkable. Starting in 2015, persistent file-sharers will be sent four warning letters explaining their actions are illegal, but if the notes are ignored no further action will be taken.
It’s a step forward that the government bodies of the UK makes it official that “pirates” will be victims of explanatory letters, and nothing else.
The scheme, named the Voluntary Copyright Alert Programme (VCAP), is the result of years of talks between ISPs, British politicians and the movie and music industries. The UK’s biggest providers – BT, TalkTalk, Virgin and Sky – have all signed up to VCAP, and smaller ISPs are expected to follow suit.
I could have told them this years ago, and saved them frustration, time and money!
VCAP replaces planned anti-piracy measures that included cutting users’ internet connections and creating a database of file-sharers.
Which would have been a relatively bigger harm to society than the filesharing itself.
Geoff Taylor, chief executive of music trade body the BPI, said VCAP was about “persuading the persuadable, such as parents who do not know what is going on with their net connection.” He added: “VCAP is not about denying access to the internet. It’s about changing attitudes and raising awareness so people can make the right choice.”
I am sure those letters will be heavily coloured by government and industry propaganda.
Officials will still work to close and stem funding to file-sharing sites, but the news appears to mean that the British authorities have abandoned legal enforcement of online media piracy.
If piracy is not a crime – which it can’t be since the authorities choose not to prosecute (are they not forced to, if they are aware of it?) – why go after the content providers?
Figures recently published by Ofcom said that nearly a quarter of all UK downlaods were of pirated content.
Which does not equal to any significant losses. If I do not walk into a store to buy milk, that is not a loss. It is competition.
July 5th, 2014 by pirateadmin
Here’s the June 2014 catch of DVDRs from the interwebs:
Hatfields & McCoys
Hobbit 2: Desolation of Smaug
Last rites of Ransom Pride, the
Loyal 47 ronin
Revenge of the Ninja
Robocop (2014 remake)
Surviving the game
Wolf Creek 2
World without end (miniseries)