Help save LokiTorrent!

LokiTorrent.com is being sued by the MPAA, and they want your help! Or more precisely, they want your money to pay for legal fees.

For those of you unfamiliar with LokiTorrent, it is a bittorrent (p2p file) tracking site. It doesn’t have any pirated or illegal material on it’s servers, it simply tracks the tracks the hash ID and the IP addresses of users connected to each particular torrent. As such, this tracker and its members and owners have absolutely no way of checking what people are sharing and it is the responsibility of the user to check that the content of the files which they download are legal in there locality.

If LokiTorrent is shut down as, as Suprnova.org was, then hundreds of ligitimate torrents will be disconnected (not to mention the more questionable ones!).

LokiTorrent are looking to raise $30,000, the minimum required for legal fees, and at the time of writing they’ve raised $11,520. So if you use torrent files, and support P2P in general, then scoot along to their site and offer any assistance you can.

Kudos to Sonofon

I recieved this text message from Sonofon, my mobile network provider here in Denmark, last night.

Til information:
SONOFONs kunder opkræves ikke for opkald foretaget eller modtaget på DTACs net i Thailand fra 27/12 20:00 til 29/12 23:59
Hilsen SONOFON

For those of who who don’t speak Danish it means that they have an agreement with DTAC network in Thailand so that customers can make and recieve calls free of charge until midnight on the 29th. Hopefully that will make it easier for anyone to get in contact with their loved ones after the disaster.

Well done Sonofon! ;)

Return of the E-zine?

For those of you who don’t know what en e-zine is, it’s an electronic magazine. My first experience of an E-zine was in the 80′s on my C64 and it came on a 5 and a quater inch floppy disk. The electronic magazine, contained much the same articles and information as a printed computer magazine, but with the added bonus of music, and interactivity.

E-zine’s did quite well in the 80′s and early 90′s on the 8 and 16bit systems, until the Internet became established. They were made available by demo groups everywhere via BBS systems and post outs, usually costing you nothing more than the cost of duplicating the floppy and postage, or the time and expense required to download it over you 1200 baud modem.

Infact, so popular were e-zines on the PD (public domain – much like an early version of gpl) scene that Brian and myself even produced a tape based ezine, for c64 owners living in our own loacality. It had to be tape based because even though we had disk drives, we were in the minority, early adopters so to speak. It contained all the game reviews that two kids could come up with, a flashy inteface with parallax scrolling, done in assembly, some cool tunes ripped from demos and also show cased some of our own upcomming c64 demos and games. All in all it went and sold quite well. Although the money we made from it probably never paid for the countless hours of work that went into proudcing them. Still, it was fun, a learning experience and we could buy a couple of ice-creams and enough chocolate and cola to fuel us through the production of the next issue.

Now, after all these years it looks as if the e-zine is back, although without the music and parallax scrolling! Home Computer Magazine is a free downloadable pdf magazine, which is written by veteran “glossy computer magazine” writers. It’s about 40 pages long, and features some neat interactive features where you can click on references and links in the magazine and be whipped off to the relevant site straight away. Being an e-zine it also has the benefits of animation and higher quality screenshots in game reviews than those available in the printed counterparts.

Home Computer magazine is 100% free to download and makes it’s cash from advertising space sold in the side columns of the pages. Cynics of advertisment driven magazines, who feel it may “taint” the content can read this. The magazine is available in two versions, one for broadband users and one for people on slower connections, although the only real differnce is the quality of the graphics. You can download via bittoerrent or regualr http, and the full size version clocks in at around 10mb.

The magazine is well put together, and is suffering a little from the initial stages of it’s infancy, ie, user letters page is a little sparce, but these things occur with printed publications as well. All in all, it’s a well rounded little publication, that I expect will really take off once it gets out of it’s intitial teething stages.

How to speed up FireFox!

Ove the Christmas period some of my geek friends have pointed out to me, that while FireFox is an excellent broswer it can be a little slow at times. Well, with these tips from FreeRepublic.com you can make Firefox burn up those webpages. (This tip is for broadband users only!)

Type “about:config” into the address bar and hit return. Scroll down and look for the following entries:

network.http.pipelining
network.http.proxy.pipelining
network.http.pipelining.maxrequests

Normally the browser will make one request to a web page at a time. When you enable pipelining it will make several at once, which really speeds up page loading.

Alter the entries as follows:

Set “network.http.pipelining” to “true”

Set “network.http.proxy.pipelining” to “true”

Set “network.http.pipelining.maxrequests” to some number like 30. This means it will make 30 requests at once.

Right-click anywhere and select New-> Integer. Name it “nglayout.initialpaint.delay” and set its value to “0″. This value is the amount of time the browser waits before it acts on information it recieves.

Finally, close the browser and openup again to take advantage of your new speed.

Gmail Give Away

Okay folks, I know I said I was gone from the blog until the 27th, and I am… but I’ve got a stonking 12 Gmail invites to give away, and I’ve already hooked up all my mates with them so.. who wants one!!

Just leave a comment with your details.. (I need first and last names in order to send them out).. and tell me why you think I should send you a gmail invite! And saying “because it’s Christmas”, isn’t a vaild answer ;)

Happy Christmas and stuff…

Hi all,

Today I’m bowing out of my blog until the 27th of December, as I pepare for Chrimble here in Denmark. For those of you who don’t know, Christmas Day is actually celebrated on the 24th here, with all the present opening and stuff, so tomorrow I will be begining the cooking for the 24th.

Basically, beginning the cooking means, just roasting the duck, as I have all the baking done, and everything else will be cooked on the morning of the 24th. This year, I’ll be spending Christmas with the fat cow and Mogens & Kirsten, in my house, and on the 25th we will all go to Mogens & Kirstens to continue the festivities, where we will be joined by Line, Flemming, Kathrine & Ditte. I’m really looking forward to this ;)

As always, this will be yet another year, where I will not be “home” in Ireland, to see my folks, brothers and sisters, grandparents, Chaz & Bev, or any of my multitude of mates and relations. Rest assured that I miss you all, and will try to get home this year.. I promise.

To the nearly 31,000 of you who have visited my blog since the 1st of December let me wish you all a “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year”!

I will of course be back with you all before new year, probably on the 27th, so I’m really only disappearing for 4 days..

Oh… ;) I just looked out the window and the snow is bucketing down! Lovely…

Anyway, that was the “Happy Christmas” so here’s the stuff… Make sure you check out this excellent piece on Susan Mernit’s Blog about P2P and why, stamping on Bittorrent will only make it stronger. You might also want to check out this entry from Broadband Daily about Prodigem, a web-based, largely idiot-proof system for allowing independent content creators to create hosted torrents.

Happy Christmas everyone! :)

Give credit where credit is due

Okay, I’m going to sound like my grandfather ranting here, but he always told me to “give credit where credit is due”, except of course, when I was serving behind the bar. “That”, he would say to me, “is the quickest way to loose your friends and your money!”.

Well, what has this got to do with anything? While I was surfing Blog Explosion this morning, I came across “DaTaste.com Tasty Blog“, which is a great blog that is full of humorous pictures and entries. In fact I visit it most days, but today I noticed something that annoyed me. There was an image posted, that I have on one of my experimental blogs, but on Tasty Blog, there was no credit given to the original creator of the image, or where they recieved it from.

I don’t know who made the original image, but I gave credit to the blog where I found it, with a simple (via blogname) hyperlink. Nice simple, and everyone is happy.

Now, I’m not claiming that Jay got the image from one of my blogs, it’s highly unlikely that he did, but I do know of at least one other blog on the BE circuit that has the image posted, and had it up before Tasty Blog.

Before, I get hammered here, and get Jay’s back up over at Tasty, let me say, that I’m not attacking your blog Jay. I like your blog, am a regular visitor and rss subscriber, I’m just using it as an example of something that I see becomming more prevelant in the blogosphere. If you borrow content from anywhere else, then credit should be given. Simple.

Suprnova.org is no more – Woe is Me!

The demise of SuprNova.org, which has long been the heart and sole of bittorrent file traders, is a bitter blow to my heart. Having lost a valiant battle to stay alive amid spiraling costs and legal pressures the beloved behemoth has fallen, and taken a piece of my soul with it.

No longer can I search it’s hallowed archived for classic tunes that are lost to the publishing world and unavailable on CD, but most painfully of all, no longer can I find the gems of Irish and English TV that used to sit, awaiting my browser click to stream onto my desktop.

Now, I shall be forced to find a new haven that will satisfy my craving for video from home, or else be forced to live a banal and empty existance in Denmark without Red Dwarf, Faulty Towers, and all the other shows that I hold so dear but cannot find for love nor money (or love and money, or even love for money!) here.

Woe is me! Turn out the lights, for it is dark in my heart without SuprNova, and my eyes should not spite my heart without her content!

Total Anarchy

For anybody wondering why I didn’t post anything yesterday, here’s my excuse, Anarchy Online.

Anarchy Online is a MMORPG (massive multiplayer online roleplaying game) of the sci-fi variety. Normally this type of game requires a monthly subscription fee in order to play on the hosts servers, but now Funcom have made the game completely free to play. That’s right! No fee for the client, and no fees to play up until the 1/1 2006.

You guys know me, and you know I love free stuff, so it goes without saying that I’ve been trying out this one. There are expansion packs available for the game, 2 of them I think, which cost about $30 a pop, but you don’t need them to get fully absorbed in this online world and to enjoy the game.

If you’d like to play the game yourself, it’s avaliable for free download via bittorrent from AnarchyOnline.com, or just use this link to here to start the download. Be warned however, that this is an 817mb download, so I wouldn’t reccomend trying to download this on a dial-up connection ;)

In order to get a free account to play until the 1/1 2006, you must download the client and register an account before January 15th 2005.

If anybody wants to hook up for a little team work online, I won’t be to hard to spot. Just look out for “Oflaherty”.