New stacks

March 14th, 2015 by

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:

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Download Sunday statistics

February 1st, 2015 by

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.




Norway vs Sweden

January 18th, 2015 by

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.



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    This blog is written by a media pirate, Long John Silver, and is published by an independent publisher to protect the identity of the pirate. If the blog is abruptly deleted, it has been killed by the host, the police or the media industry.