Limewire – Once Popular, Now Defunct

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Based on the Gnutella protocol, Limewire was one of the best known file sharing clients. Initiale released in 2000, it was available for Windows, Mac and Linux, and was dominantly used to download music, although BitTorrent support was added later, too. After a long battle in court, they finally gave way in 2010 and disabled all newer versions using a …

PeerBlock Review

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PeerBlock, along with it’s predecessor PeerGuardian, has been around since 2003 as one of the first ways to protect file sharers from unwanted attention from anti-p(r)ivacy outfits and everyone else trying to analyse and track the networks, such as government agencies. Is it really worth the effort to install this free software to your computer, and how effective is the …

DMCA Experiment, Part 2: Ramping Things Up

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Now that we got our first takedown in step 1 of this experiment, things are going to get a bit more effective and aggressive. Since the sheer amount of possibilities and variations in header, file sizes etc. are just too many to test using our home Internet connection, we’re moving to a VPS, a virtual private server you can rent …

DMCA Live Experiment: Refuting A False Takedown

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Here is our exchange with Newshosting. As part of our DMCA experiment, we wanted to find out how providers react to DMCA takedown requests and how the whole process works. It took a while after the takedown for the message to reach us, but when it did our account was restricted from posting. Follow us as we file an appeal …

CactusVPN

The Main Guru Logless Providers, VPN, VPN Reviews

Quick Overview: CactusVPN is a good option if you need a VPN for file sharing, accessing websites blocked in your country – either by censorship or because of geo-limitations – and has a good, no-nonsense client that makes setup rather easy. Speeds are good to great, especially the server in the Netherlands gave us some of the best results we …

QuickPar Tutorial – How To Repair Your Downloads

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This article describes how QuickPar works and how to repair Usenet downloads with it. If you’re looking for a tutorial on how to create your own parity archives for your own Usenet uploads, please check out our guide on how to upload to Usenet:  How To Upload To Usenet, Step 2: Creating Recovery Using QuickPar Anyone who has been using …

Are There “Exclusive” Newsgroups From SSL-News?

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Usenet was always meant to be accessible to anyone, and especially when it comes to binary newsgroups were all the files we love so much are posted, all are available without any limitations. However, in 2014, some Usenet forums became notorious for some bold claims, concerning so-called “private” or “exclusive” newsgroups. The claim is that these forums (or Usenet posting teams) …

Binreader – Easy And Down To The Bone

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Quick Overview: Binreader is a very lightweight and easy-to-use NZB downloader with a very limited amount of features, but very easy to use. It is reasonably fast, although you should definitely change the configuration a bit for best results (see our guide on how configure Binreader here). Downloading is fast and easy, and there’s no way you’ll get distracted by …