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.