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Comcastic! Or is it?

As the battle between ISPs and users goes on, Comcast has made a new announcement on bandwidth limits. As of October 1, 2008, every user will have a 250 GB limit on bandwidth. This includes upload and download of any items, even web browsing. Comcast claims that 250 GB is enough to send around 50 million e-mails, download 62, 500 songs, or download 125 movies (not HD!).

The battle between Comcast and its users has been raging for a while. Due to piracy, Comcast tried to throttle users using BitTorrent clients. This led to many unhappy articles all over the nets of users complaining that their BT wasn’t as fast as before.

Comcast was brought to its feet as it finally removed its throttles. Now, it’s imposing a new limit. Is it really fair?

Well, considering that there are other ISPs (Verizon, AT&T, etc.) have no limit on their bandwidth, this still is a pretty good deal. 250 GB is a lot of bandwidth to be using in the first place if you are an honest person who uses the web. If you are a pirate and like to torrent movies, this still is pretty good for more high power users.

To use 250 GB of bandwidth is quite a lot. Playing games, downloading applications, music, and movies, surfing the web, and uploading to ftps, barely brings my neighbor to 50 GB a month, and he’s sharing his connection to the public world!

I believe that unless you are hosting an illegal server or something, using 250 GB is pretty godlike, and you should tell me your secrets. As long as Comcast isn’t throttling connections, a slight limit is appreciable. Besides, other companies limit to 20 – 60 GB bandwidths.

If you aren’t happy, then move to Verizon FiOS… whenever that comes to the area.

Voltaire.

Firefox and The New World Record!

Well, as of today, June 2nd, 2008, Mozilla has set a new Guiness world record for most software downloads in 24 hours. Today, Guiness sent the official confirmation that Firefox 3 did indeed set a world record. According to the Mozilla Blog: “ From 18:16 UTC on June 17, 2008 to 18:16 UTC on June 18, 2008, 8,002,530 people downloaded Firefox 3!” As most of us know, Mozilla’s servers were overloaded with downloads the first few hours, but things picked up from there.

//blog.mozilla.com/blog/2008/07/02/were-official/

As of now, Firefox is being used by more than 180 million people in over 230 countries. Firefox definately is a quality product, so IE users, get on the band wagon before the mob comes to burn your house!

Rockin Friday!

Iron Maiden's guitarists

Hello again, and welcome to another edition of Rockin Friday!

It’s been a while, and unfortunately not a whole lot of underground stuff for you today. Next week I think I’ll look into how to rip iPods and whatnot, but for now just a bunch of random stuff.

Now bear with me American readers, as I will talk about two British music festivals. The first of these is Glastonbury, which is so famous it may even be known across the Pond. But otherwise, it is an annual festival, mainly populated by indie bands although it has plenty of other acts too. It runs for 3 days, and attracts a massive crowd every year, being the biggest greenfield festival in the world. This years festival has sparked some debate by announcing a certain rapper as the main headline act.

Jay-Z

There we have Jay-Z wearing a wonderful pink sweater. Now, of course, announcing a rapper as the headline act at an indie festival is going to cause some issues, and many people have vowed to boycott the event. While I don’t blame them for not paying for an act they wouldn’t want to see, some of the fuss people have been making is a bit OTT, and in fact some people have been calling them up for prejudice and racism. Perhaps that’s reading a little too much into it, but they certainly have a point about them not being open-minded enough.

Now, my next festival is a perhaps less well known rock festival called Donnington Download. (It used to be known as Monsters of Rock if that’s more well known). Now, in their own words, it is a punk rock/heavy metal festival (I may have paraphrased slightly), but in all honesty it’s a primarily heavy metal gig. So imagine the furor when last year MCR and Linkin Park were announced as headline acts besides the legendary Iron Maiden. Now, both bands were bottled and booed, as both are understandably tagged as ’emo’, which is, of course, a major offense to all things heavy metal. Now don’t get me wrong, I personally have nothing against the two bands, and in fact enjoy some of their songs. I think it was wrong of the organisers to have them as headline acts when you look at the calibre of some of the bands supporting them (Megadeth, Machine Head, Slayer, etc). But what can you do? Throw piss at them? I’d rather enjoy the show to be quite honest.

This year, alongside the equally legendary Kiss we have Lostprophets and the Offspring, two bands which I actually thoroughly enjoy. But in similar fashion, this has kicked up a major fuss, what with Lostprophets being ’emo’ (Listen to their first two albums and tell me that!) and the Offspring not really being a metal band. Ah well, some people are blinded by their prejudice, be they gansta wannabes, indie kids or metalheads, and they’re unlikely to change soon.

(Lostprophets in full swing at one of their more recent shows)

That’s all for this week. Next week I’ll hopefully have something a little more underground for you, in fact I have something in mind. But otherwise enjoy your weekend and this fairly old song I recently rediscovered!

Rock on! \m/

Download Music without a Program, Free.

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Well, that’s not entirely true. You will need Notepad and an internet browser.

Open your browser, and navigate to http://www.projectplaylist.com

Project Playlist is a wonderful site where individuals upload songs they own for the sole purpose of use that does not infringe copyright laws, such as posting the song in a playlist provided by Project Playlist that you can embed to your MySpace, Facebook or website/blog in general.

Search for your favorite song, one at a time. For this tutorial we’ll use a personal favorite of mine: the man with the machine gun – typed right in the search. In this case it will be the second song in the search as of this date. You can preview the entire track to make sure it’s error free and the right song. Find the version you’re looking for, and click (visit site) to the right of the title. You will see a green URL in the top frame with some other Project Playlist graphics and text. Make sure your URL ends in .mp3 or .mp4 anything that you know you can play. Next, open Notepad and copy/type in this small HTML code:

<a href=”http://www.public.iastate.edu/~froboy/Ryan/The Black Mages – The Skies Above/07 – The Man with the Machine Gun (Final Fantasy VIII).mp3″>The Man with the Machine Gun</a>

or:

<a href=”URL HERE”>NAME HERE</a>

File > Save As… and click the drop down box to “All Files” and type something like man.html so the file becomes an HTML file that will open in your default browser. The alternative to this is just saving it as a regular .txt file, however you need to enable file extensions so you can see it on the file and edit the full name to name.html instead of name.txt which can be done through Folder Options in Control Panel and the View tab under “Hide extensions for known file types” remove the check mark.

Now open your new .html file and you should see a regular link (possibly blue) which you can right click and hit “Save Target As…” or something similar. Save the file to your hard drive, and within a short amount of time you should have your file! You may also left click the link and it will stream within your browser or within your default media player, depending on your setup. Enjoy : – )

God speed, and Best wishes.

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Alternatives To Demonoid

Since Demonoid is down, once again… *sigh*… I, Voltaire, want you to know where to go to get your torrents.

There are some hot options like the top public torrent site, The Pirate Bay , Mininova , Isohunt , TorrentPortal , as well as others.  As for private trackers, I would check out AradiTracker .

However, my favorite is Torrent Search Engine Searcher. Yes, long redundant-sounding name. Heres the deal: Its a search engine that uses the search engines of many other torrent sites. Its real name is TorrentScan. All I will say is you can access The Pirate Bay, Mininove, Isohunt, and many other popular torrent sites from this site.

Happy Hunting!

Give Away Of The Day: Always Free, Guaranteed.

Today, I have decided to reveal something I found out not to long ago. I learned that there is a place on the internet that gives free software and games everyday! They are free downloads and are your to use forever if you choice to download and install it.

Directly from the website comes this knowledge:

The idea behind this initiative is that many sites and publishers offer trial downloads; but only we offer giveaway downloads. What does that mean?

Basically, every day we nominate one software title that will be a Giveaway title of that day. The software will be available for download for 24 hours (or more, if agreed by software publisher) and that software will be absolutely free. That means – not a trial, not a limited version – but a registered and legal version of the software will be free for our visitors”

Of course, the only drawback is that you must install and activate the product within the time limit, so you have to install and run the program on that same day.

Giveaway of the Day

Bioshock: Game Ending

Warning: Due to the recent release of this game, this is deemed a spoiler.  Watch at your own risk.

FlashGet

What is FlashGet?

It is a download manager. You can use it on RapidShare and in general to speed up your downloads.

“FlashGet is a leading download manager and has the highest amount of users on the internet. It uses MHT(Multi-server Hyper-threading Transportation) technique, supports various protocols and has excellent document management features. FlashGet is a freeware without any adware or spyware.”

We have had a question: How in the world do you use this program?!??

Well, not to fear!

Using google, i found a complete tutorial for FlashGet. It is virus-free and is very large and useful.

Download it here: Tutorial

Some features of FlashGet

Call anti-virus automatically

– increase the download speed and stability

Optimize the system resource

SupportHTTP,FTP,BT,eMule and other various protocols

Powerful files management feature

So start downloading faster today!