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Fri, Jun. 29th, 2007, 11:12 am

Today is my last day in this job. I don't start the new one until next thursday. I've downloaded all of the current season of Dr Who plus the "Curse of Fatal Death" special from a few years back, all of Torchwood, Resident Evil 4 for the Wii and season two of Supernatural. I don't expect I'll need to leave the house for a while.

Then its into Activision on thursday to crush some dreams.

Fri, Jun. 29th, 2007 10:59 am (UTC)
ffutures

Where did you find Curse of Fatal Death? I've been looking for ages and haven't had any luck.

Fri, Jun. 29th, 2007 12:20 pm (UTC)
mr_wombat

Usenet - I have a giganews account and I found it by searching through Binsearch. Thats where I get all my downloads these days, popular stuff gets reposted a lot so I was able to catch up with all the new Who (I missed the boat badly there and wanted to watch it from the beginning), Torchwood, the special episodes and whatever else caught my fancy. Generally I use it to keep up with Lost, Battlestar, Heroes and a bunch of other stuff, way more reliable than torrents but shorter lifespan on the downloads (120 days on giganews, 99 on most other services)

I think you can get a 3 day, one gig free trial come to think of it.

Fri, Jun. 29th, 2007 03:15 pm (UTC)
ffutures

Thanks, but I'm really not going to sign up to a download site that wants my credit card details...

Fri, Jun. 29th, 2007 12:21 pm (UTC)
mr_wombat

Oh, come to think of it, I have a domain with space and bandwidth free on it, I could just stick the episodes up there. Its in a two part format so I assume its a rip of the DVD instead of the original four episode format.

Fri, Jun. 29th, 2007 03:16 pm (UTC)
ffutures

OOK!!!!!

Fri, Jun. 29th, 2007 11:03 pm (UTC)
mr_wombat

There we go, they're up on my site now, I'll leave them there for a couple of days. You can snag part 1 here and part 2 here

As for the CC thing.... I know what you mean, I'm a little more free and easy with mine and I haven't been stung yet but I know well enough that not everyone is terribly fond of using it for anything more exotic than amazon.com though. Giganews is one I make a very... confident exception for, partly because I'm certain enough its reliable but mostly because the risk is outweighed by the amount of stuff it gives me access to and more importantly the speed with which I can get at it.

Sat, Jun. 30th, 2007 10:31 am (UTC)
ffutures

Many many thanks - it's just that I've been the victim of card fraud three times now, given the nature of their business and its somewhat questionable legality I'd prefer not to take the chance. Or the chance that their records might one day be impounded by FACT or whatever...

Hadn't realised that they'd be such big files - hope that my downloading them hasn't put too much of a dent in your bandwidth.

Sat, Jun. 30th, 2007 12:10 pm (UTC)
mr_wombat

Nah, its cool, I get three gigs a month and the normal monthly transfer rarely breaks the three hundred meg mark, so you've doubled it while leaving it insignificant :)

Fri, Jun. 29th, 2007 12:13 pm (UTC)
followthebird

Yay for new jobs!

Fri, Jun. 29th, 2007 12:20 pm (UTC)
mr_wombat

I concur. Yay for Dr Who also, and a lower capital yay for Torchwood because it isn't quite as good I think.

Fri, Jun. 29th, 2007 02:33 pm (UTC)
followthebird

Yeah I really have to catch up with the Dr Who Episodes

Fri, Jun. 29th, 2007 03:48 pm (UTC)
nightmares_fear

Aw, end of a moderately miserable era.
*sarcastic sniff*
Enjoy your couch potato flavoured week - it sounds wonderful.

Sat, Jun. 30th, 2007 10:00 am (UTC)
caturah

I know I am teh dumb when it comes to things tech, but where can I download Who from? I really need to catch up...

Sat, Jun. 30th, 2007 07:18 pm (UTC)
mr_wombat

Well, *personally* I use Giganews and Binsearch to get all my stuff. Giganews is a usenet provider, in that they hold all the newsgroups and associated files.... its a little like filesharing and torrents except that everything is stored on one central server so.. think of it more as one gigantic website with millions of gigs of files on it. I pay something like twenty dollars a month for access to the site and for that I can download twenty five gigs of data per month.
Binsearch is a usenet search engine, you simply enter what you're looking for into the search fields, set the time period to 120 days (all usenet servers have whats called "retention" or how long they hold onto the files after they're posted) and create an nzb file. Nzb files are like a torrent file, they tell your newsreader what you're trying to get. After that I shelled out twenty quid for a newsreader (newsbin) which allows me to download the files. Giganews has a special offer for newsbin which cuts the price a bit.

Short version:
1) get an account on giganews
2) get newsbin
3) Set up newsbin using the information provided by giganews
4) Search on binsearch for what you want
5) Tick the files, click on "create .nzb"
6) Open the nzb file with newsbin
7) Wait a few minutes
8) Decompress the files
9) Enjoy.

Sometimes the files are corrupted, in that case you need to use .par files to fix them. You use Quickpar for that. Par files contain redundant bits of data that will repair a broken file. They're not downloaded automatically by Newsbin to save on bandwidth but theres a "scratch" tab on the downloading area of newsbin that lets you select them - just double click on the relevant ones to get them.

It takes a little getting used to but I prefer it to torrents, I get what I want pretty much immediately and theres some rarer stuff on it, like the old children in need Dr Who special for example.

Mon, Jul. 2nd, 2007 10:37 am (UTC)
caturah

Oh cool, thanks so much