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It’s Comcastic!
Jan 29th, 2008 by Babs

http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20080129-p2p-users-blast-comcast-in-fcc-proceeding.html

Comcast’s contract with Arlington was supposed to be renewed last year but because they wouldn’t play nice they only got a one year, temporary renewal instead of a multi-year contract. Methinks they are going to have some ‘splaining to do if they want to keep their asses out of the flames when they are up for renewal this year.

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WTF?!
Jan 18th, 2008 by Babs

Because I love my teenager and really don’t want to kill him because he has been bugging me ever since the computer came home to download the eps of Bleach he’s missed, I headed on over to Mininova. Only it keeps timing out. So I headed over to the Pirate Bay to see if they have episodes. They do, but everytime I try to download them I get a 503 error. Hmmmmm.

Just for shits and grins I decided to load a few new proxies into Firefox and try both sites again. I had a much higher than usual failure rate with my regular source for proxies, but once I finally found one, I had absolutely no problem accessing either site. :(

Somebody’s blocking me somewhere.

In other news, Ben is missing another day of school. This time courtesy of the bus driver. Despite the driver passing him on the way to the stop and the fact that one of Ben’s friends pointed out to the driver that Ben was ruinning for the bus, the driver drove offanyway. We’ve had problems with him singling out Ben in the past, so he will be having a new hole reamed in him this afternoon (if the car, which is in the shop, is fixed by then, that is).

BTW, did I miss the memo that LJ’s is now a breeding ground for idiots?

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A “new” toy for the P2P crowd?
Oct 23rd, 2007 by Babs

I’ve been hanging out at the Pirate’s Bay forum and finding much to say (pro and con) about PeerGuardian. Someone suggested for users of utorrent to drop the program and use a “good” ipfilter.dat file. Well, in an effort to find a “good” file I stumbled across this.

Supposedly you can use it to download various blacklists, then convert them to files that can be used by PeerGuardian and other IPblockers. Given that I couldn’t begin to figure out how to unblock an incorrectly blocked IP address via utorrent, and I’m already using PG, I’ve decided to give it a try.

It took me a bit of learning, but I managed to figure out how to download sources, create a list for PeerGuardian, and install it, so it should be a piece of cake for the computer savvy. :)

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Torrent stuff
Oct 11th, 2007 by Babs

Okay boys and girls. Got seasons 2 and 3 of Duckman available for download!

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Life
Oct 8th, 2007 by Babs

So, I’d been using the gold method that davensjournal suggested, while waiting for my doctor’s appointment. I awoke Friday morning to find the stye draining. :) I still kept my appointment with my doctor, but I will be on the phone with HMO Blue tomorrow in regards to moving to the clinic my boys’ Pedi moved to. I love Dr. Ham and Lisa, but the other staff have got to go. Friday I spent an hour in the waiting room because there wasn’t an exam room open, and the bitch doing the patient shuffling forgot all about me… And then had the nerve to lie about it, to both me and the doctor. Adding to it all is the fact that my doctor was quitre (gee, I wonder who I have on the brain?) surpised that I had to wait almost a week to be seen.

Anyway. It’s a stye, it’s draining, and I got a prescription for some goop to get rid of any infection. :P I was instructed to apply warm compresses to encourage it to continue to drain. I think I’ll brew up those corriander seeds, dip a washcloth into that and use that as a compress (allowing some of the brew to drip into the eye) before I try the eye goop.

I wasn’t able to pick up my notebook paper Friday. I picked up 400 sheets on Saturday and started writing today. Got 570 words written. Not much considering how much I was bitching earlier, but I did manage to make a major dent in the plot as a whole (if only in my head).

I uploaded the torrent for the second season of Max Headroom to my account on The Pirate Bay. Within 20 minutes I had 34 leechers. :) Folks have been taking the 27th Lancer audio and running. Bastards! After monitoring the seeds I’m finding it’s best to keep at 5 seeds at a time, so as soon as one reaches it’s goal, I’ll upload another. I think the second season of Duckman will be next. If anyone happens to stumble across torrents for “Doctor, Doctor” let me know!

Still tightening the belt. We’ve gone urban dairy with the purchase of a large box of powdered milk. Considering we’ve been drinking skim, it’s not that bad, but the boys are still pitching a bitch. Ben is insisting that, as a growing teen, he needs real milk. Jarret is just whining about the taste, even though he’s never really had the stuff straight (thus far I’ve been using it in the macaroni and cheese, and homemade bread).

I did pick up a cheap earring holder. It’ll save me money in the long run. I keep losing my earrings and having to buy new pairs. I also bought some yarn to make a runner for my altar. Hopefully it will be done in time for Samhain. The stitch I’m using looks pretty!

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