USENET Binaries

4 03 2009

Getting started with USENET Binaries

Usenet is mainly used for chatting/posting messages in newsgroups, but it’s also possible to download or post binaries (files – Pictures / Movies / Music etc.). While usenet has a lot to offer it is also pretty difficult for newbies.

Availability (par files)

The Binaries service on Usenet is a service most ISP’s will provide for free. The main problem with the free binaries service from your ISP or most ISPs is the availability or a low retention which will cause files from being incomplete or simply not available anymore. This problem is partly solved with par files (repair files). The best option would be to use a payserver for the binaries usenet service. Payservers offer great availability and speed.

Downloading and NZB files

For downloading binaries from Usenet you will need a client.  The most easy way to obtain a certain binary would be to use a special Usenet searchengine that can create NZB files (usenet variant of a torrent file).

Usenet Clients for downloading Binaries/NZB files

Search Binaries/NZB

Binary Newsgroups (some examples)

FAQ

  • Binaries4all


Free on demand movies and tv shows in dvd quality

4 03 2009

Why bother downloading those movies with bittorent/Edonkey or bother with newsgroups as you can view the lates movies on demand in DVD quality online. On demand online streaming HD entertainment might have seem impossible a few years ago, but it’s todays reality.

The following sites provide FREE online on demand movies and tv shows:

  • ABC * (ao Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy Lost)
  • CBS *
  • FOX * (ao 24, Prison break, Bones)

* = if you live outside the US you might need an US Proxy service. You can select an US proxy from the following lists: Proxy Server List.

Online/Live TV:



Play HDTV Content

4 03 2009

To play HD content which can be found on the internet you’ll need the following:

There are also two all-in-one options:

Download HDTV Content



Getting started with Bittorrent

4 03 2009

Step 1: get a client

Step 2: setting up the client

Usually you do not have to do anything. However if you are useing a router or a firewall the bittorent port which is needed to connect to other computers might be blocked or not routed to your computer.  Standard port is 6881. it is recommended to change this port to eg 46881, because the standard port can be blocked by ratio/member websites or your ISP.

Step 3: getting torrents

Torrent websites and serach engines:

Terminology

  • leech:
    A leech is usually a peer who has a negative effect on the swarm by having a very poor share ratio – in other words, downloading much more than they upload. The term leech, however, can be used simply to describe a peer – or any client that does not have 100% of the data.
  • peer:
    A peer is one instance of a BitTorrent client running on a computer on the Internet to which other clients connect and transfer data. Usually a peer does not have the complete file, but only parts of it.
  • seeder:
    A seeder is a peer that has a complete copy of the torrent and still offers it for upload. The more seeders there are, the better the chances are for completion of the file.
  •  torrent:
    A torrent can mean either a .torrent metadata file or all files described by it, depending on context. The torrent file contains metadata about all the files it makes downloadable, including their names and sizes and checksums of all pieces in the torrent. It also contains the address of a tracker that coordinates communication between the peers in the swarm.
  • tracker
    A tracker is a server that keeps track of which seeds and peers are in the swarm. Clients report information to the tracker periodically and in exchange receive information about other clients to which they can connect. The tracker is not directly involved in the data transfer and does not have a copy of the file.

  More Bittorrent



Want anonymity?

4 03 2009

I think you probably need some anonymity when surfing the internet. Most websites are storing personal information about you, without asking or your permission, you probably don’t even know it. The personal information that is collected contains detailed information about the websites you visited, information about you (ip address, mac address, isp, location). But also all the information that you leave behind when using a webshop or website that needs you to register.

Spyware and virusses

Spyware and virusses also collect personal information. Because they require a different aproach they will be discussed in a later item with links.

The following websites deliver a service which allows you to continue your websurfing anonymous:

Probably a lot easier is making use of a (anonymous) proxy service. Just install Tor and a proxy or use one of the proxies supplied by the proxy websites. It just takes a few seconds to set up, but after that all internet communication will be anonymous: