An Eco-Village in Los Angeles

Just wanted to share this video I’ve just watched on YouTube about an important subject. In the days of Trump and prominent climate change deniers it’s important to raise the profile of projects like these. Enjoy the video.

Los Angeles is one of the most polluted cities in the USA. Cars, money and fame are a big focus. But it’s not all about consumerism. There’s also the Los Angeles Eco-Village! The sustainable village is located three miles west of downtown L.A. Residents live more sustainably and intentionally with community right in the city! The eco-village has a lush courtyard garden where they grow their own food, community compost to reduce their waste and enrich their land, and a chicken coop made with reclaimed materials.

There’s also a tool library so residents can share tools, a bike room for bike parking and a bike shop for fixing bikes and a food buying club which is mostly unpackaged and waste free and far less expensive because they order in bulk. The multi-ethnic, mixed income, gender diverse community ranges from infancy to the elderly. Most residents reduce their carbon footprint by cycling and using public transportation.

Families that don’t have a car save $25 per month on rent! And rent is far more affordable than most of L.A. LAEV educates through tours, talks, workshops, conferences and public advocacy. Share this video if you think the word needs more Eco-Villages!

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Additional Resources

To access other US only content and indeed from anywhere in the world then you need a VPN or proxy server. I’d like to suggest this one which I’ve used on my holidays for nearly a decade now, I started using it to watch Sherlock Holmes on the ITV Hub channel, a UK only TV station.

If you are interested in the privacy concepts about hiding your location, there’s a useful post on rotating proxies here.

Jarvee Installation Tutorial for Beginners

Here’s a very useful video which shows you the very first steps you need to take to install Jarvee.    It ‘s a tool which you can use for managing and promoting all sorts of social media accounts, but I basically found it when I was searching for a free trial of an Instagram Bot.

It’s very easy to install and you can even use the free trial account to get started, just click the graphic below to get the link to the free version.

The video assumes you are running it on a VPS (virtual private server) but you don’t need to do this.  IT can be run on your home PC as long as you have a decent computer, a reasonable internet connection and some proxies for hiding your IP address.  Remember though you will have to leave your computer on for Jarvee to function most effectively.

Video Transcript

What’s up this is Sam from Influentgram.  In this video I’m going to show you how to download the social media automation tool Jarvee and set it up on your VPS.  To begin we need to sign up for Jarvee so click on the first link in the description so you get to this page here and now we’re going to click on try Jarvee today for free.  Then we get to the page where you see all the different packages now to begin we’ll just take the starter package which allows you to automate up to 10 social accounts.  It’s free for five days and afterwards you pay 19.95 dollars per month.

On the next page check again that you have actually chosen the right package which is the free trial and then enter your email address and then click start free trial now. You will have received an email from Jarvee and if you’re not already logged into your VPS you need to do that now.  If you don’t already have a VPS setup I have a step-by-step tutorial on how to get a free VPS for  one year I’ll leave a link to it in the description so go to Microsoft Remote Desktop and click on your VPS and your VPS password and click on the arrow and our login to our VPS.  If you’re using a Windows you only need to click on your VPS file and then it will automatically connect you to your VPS.

Before we begin we need to disable ie enhance security on our windows VPS so we don’t get any trouble browsing with the internet explorer so to do this. Go to start then go to server manager then go to local server and on the right side you find IE enhance security configuration click on on and then here on administrators turn it off.  Click okay then you can go up to tasks and click on refresh and then you see that it is now turned off we can close this again and now we’re ready to move on and download Jarvee.

Go to your email inbox from your VPS Internet Explorer and open the email they have sent you in the email you see your username which is your email address that you signed up with and your password to proceed we’re going to need to download the installer so we just click on the link download the installer.  Then to download the derby installer we click on recommended direct download and we will save it on the desktop.  So I’ve downloaded it and saved it on to your desktop just double-click it and click run then click Next I accept terms in the license agreement next then again next and then click install.  Now we will finish installing Jarvee so we can just click finish and it will automatically launch our VPS need to sign in with your email address and password that they have sent you by a email click on sign in.

Congratulations you have now successfully installed Jarvee on your VPS in the next video we’re gonna go over the main settings and we’re gonna set up our first Instagram account if you found this video helpful please give it a thumbs up and subscribe to the channel

Hope you found this useful, will be a few posts this week before I go quite for a well earned break in Portugal.

20 Things to Do in Los Angeles

Video Transcript


Los Angeles. Entertainment capital of the world. Ready for it? It’s coming for you.

In 3, 2, 1… Hollywood Boulevard Take in a movie at El Capitan, Hollywood’s legendary landmark theater and home of the first spoken drama Kodak Building.  It’s got the best view of the Hollywood sign. Hollywood Star Walk or the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The walk is over 3 1/2 miles long, with over 2500 stars. Mann’s Chinese Theater. It’s filled with celebrity names and their hand print and shoe prints too.

Rock of Fame .

At the entrance of the legendary Guitar Center on Sunset Boulevard, are memorial plaques with the hand prints and signatures of your favorite rock-n-roller. Hollywood Forever Cemetery . It is one of the places you would come to celebrities. The catch is that they’re all dead.

One of the best views of Hollywood and Los Angeles is from Runyon Canyon. The only way to get there will cost you a 15 minute hike. It’s the LA smog, which will get you when you’re hiking. I’m huffing and puffing right now. Ever wanted to see the Hollywood Sign up close? Why not hike there.

A famous landmark and people watching spot is Canter’s 24 hour Deli. La Brea Tar pits, where a lot of animals met their death. LA County Museum of Arts is one of my favorite stops, contemporary art at it’s finest. Free Museum Days Fan of TV and talk shows?

Get ready to see some Free Live Tapings. Duration of the taping could last anywhere from three to five hours. LA has a lot of food options for many diets and being vegetarian I’m glad they have an option for me. Fill ‘er up!

Convenient and car-friendly lookout for viewing the city is Griffith Observatory. Offers one of the best night views of Los Angeles city, but did you know by day it’s a great park for hiking? The Comedy Store on the Sunset Strip is a legendary venue which showcased some of Hollywood’s most famous comedians.

How bout some evening fun? Los Angeles has a killer night scene. Can’t go anywhere without finding something L.A. hip. A trip to Los Angeles wouldn’t be special without a visit to Venice Beach. Stroll down the boardwalk, see some acts and some interesting characters. If you like this video Until the next video, travel safe, smart and fun



For those who travel and want to maximize their entertainment benefits can I suggest that everyone outside the US switch to the American version of Netflix.  It’s way better than all the other versions and you can try it out here.

The same program can also unlock UK television as well, essential if you’re a fan of the BBC.   read about this functionality in this post entitled BBC Smart DNS,

Vacation Travel Guide – Los Angeles

Video Transcript

Los Angeles is situated in Southern California, on the West Coast of the USA. Home to 18 million people.

Los Angeles is a collection of distinct cities that rolls out from the dry Santa Monica Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. L.A.’s sunshine, her entertainment industry and her openness to newcomers and new ideas has made the city a magnet to dreamers.  Many of those whose dreams become reality, like Walt Disney and John Paul Getty, poured their wealth back into the city, helping make L.A. one of the great culture capitals of the world.

Downtown Los Angeles is a center of global business and home to some of the finest examples of American civic architecture. It’s also the birthplace of the city. Wander down Olvera Street, one of the oldest surviving areas in L.A., to experience the colors and tastes of Old Mexico. Just across the road from Olvera Street is Union Station, one of the world’s great railway stations. You’ll be forgiven if you experience a sense of déjà vu here; Union Station has been featured in almost 30 big-budget movies, including Pearl Harbor and Blade Runner. Stroll south to Little Tokyo, or J-Town as the locals know it, which is home to Buddhist temples, galleries and museums. While you’re there, why not try some super-fresh sushi? After all, the California Roll was invented right here!

Half a mile to the west is the Walt Disney Music Hall. Looking like pieces of sheet music thrown to the wind, this stainless steel wonder is home to L.A.’s Philharmonic Orchestra. Hail a taxi for the short ride west to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The one-hundred-thousand-piece collection at LACMA houses works that span the ages, from the classical periods through the edgiest street art. Right next door is a very different kind of gallery.

At the La Brea Tar Pits and George C. Page Museum, remains of incredibly preserved mammals, insects and plants are continually excavated and brought once more into the Californian sunshine. Heading further west, along Wilshire Boulevard, the aroma changes from the smell of tar pits, to $ mon-neeey $

Welcome to Rodeo Drive, in the heart of Beverly Hills. This is the world’s most expensive and exclusive three blocks of shopping. But you don’t have to be a star to enjoy Rodeo Drive; most folks are content to window shop. But there’s more to Beverly Hills than just bling! Only a street or two away awaits a world of leafy boulevards and incredible homes and gardens. Head north to Hollywood, the epicenter of the world’s entertainment industry. Track down your favorite star on the historic Hollywood Walk of Fame, and catch a movie at Grauman’s Chinese Theater, the most famous first-run movie theater in the world. Take a walk on the wilder side of L.A., to West Hollywood. WeHo is a haven for artists and designers.

As evening falls, boogie on down to Sunset Strip, home to iconic clubs such as The Viper Room and the Whiskey a Go Go. ♪ Boogie On Down ♪ Griffith Park is the largest and wildest urban park in America. Here, perched high on the slopes of Mount Hollywood, and offering superb views of L.A., you’ll find the Griffith Observatory. Built on land donated by mining magnate Griffith J. Griffith, admission to the main building and grounds is still free of charge, according to his wishes.

Universal Studios is the oldest continually running movie studio in America. It features a theme park based around its blockbuster movies and popular TV shows, however the star attraction is the studio tour, which winds its way through acres of sound stages and back lots. And if you have that sense of déjà vu again, it’s no wonder – some of the sets have been featured in dozens of movies and are still in use today.

20 miles southeast of downtown is Knott’s Berry Farm. Originally a berry farm in the 1930’s, this theme park has grown into a family favorite with child-friendly rides, short queues and offers a real taste of America’s pioneering heritage. Just down the road, in Anaheim, is Disneyland Park. Since its opening in 1955 over 600 million guests have delighted in seeing Disney’s much-loved characters brought to life.

The Port of Los Angeles, the biggest container port in the USA, sits on San Pedro Bay. Climb aboard the USS Iowa, a World War II battleship which saw service in some of the most dramatic episodes in world history. Nearby at the Aquarium of the Pacific, 500 marine species sway, swirl and dive through the various marine systems of the vast Pacific, from the sun-drenched coast of Baja to the frigid waters of the Arctic. Long Beach was once the birthplace of California’s surfing scene, but a breakwater has now tamed the wild waves, making the beach an ideal destination for families.

From Long Beach, hop aboard a ferry, and take a one-hour trip to Catalina Island. Once the home of otter hunters, smugglers and gold prospectors, these days day-trippers and weekenders are far more interested in working on their golden tans and escaping the frantic pace of the mainland. Heading west from L.A., Santa Monica is one of the most popular resort towns in the US. Santa Monica epitomizes the California lifestyle of sun, sand and the body beautiful! And right at her heart is her iconic pier. Things get a little funkier just down the coast at Venice Beach. Long the center of L.A.’s counterculture, Venice is more than just a beach, however. The main attraction here is the promenade.

So pull on your in-line skates and join the colorful and sometimes bizarre human parade. After the craziness of Venice Beach, head 5 miles north to the tranquility of the Santa Monica Mountains. The Getty Center houses the extraordinary art collection of billionaire John Paul Getty. Water features prominently throughout the complex, encouraging quiet reflection. Hire a convertible and follow the scenic Pacific Coast Highway to Malibu; 21 miles of prime Californian coastline scented with salt and coastal sage. Many of L.A.’s stars live in homes that cling to these dramatic hillsides by the Pacific,  which is the perfect metaphor for L.A.. A city built on an unshakable optimism and a devotion to creation – both human and natural.

Welcome to the City of Angels


Some handy tips for doing your research online before you visit LA.  Firstly for booking trips and accessing US only resources – this is a useful tip use US residential proxies like based in this blog post about sneaker proxies.

If you can’t make it to the US and want a taste of the films and movies they get in their version of Netflix there’s an interesting post here about unblocking Netflix without using a VPN,


The Best Museums and Galleries in San Francisco

San Francisco is full of educational and historical museums and galleries. The information provided in the museums will help you discover San Francisco as well as art, culture and history. Interactive exhibits will entertain adults and children alike. Below we have highlighted some of the more popular museums in the San Francisco area. We hope you will find a few to visit while you are here. If you search around online to make your hotel and car rental reservations then you can often find some great discounts. If you’re outside the US it’s worth using a VPN or something to give you a US IP address as you’ll get better deals. There’s quite a lot of choice but you can actually use the one I subscribe to to watch British TV in the USA.


  • Bay Area Discovery Museum – Hands-on interactive exhibits for children. Ongoing classes, performances and special programs. 557 East Fort Baker, Sausalito (415) 487-4398
  • Cable Car Barn & Museum – Learn the history of San Francisco’s cable cars and see the underground cables that pull the cars along the tracks. 1201 Mason/Washington (415) 474-1887
  • Coyote Point Museum – Colorful environmental exhibits, computer games, an aquarium and wildlife habitats of the Bay Area. San Mateo (415) 342-7755
  • Exploratorium – An interactive science museum housed in the Palace of Fine Arts. Reservations are required for the Tactile Dome. 3601 Lyon/Marina Blvd. (415) 561-0360
  • Lawrence Hall of Science – This children’s user-friendly museum features interactive experimentation in geology, animal behavior and plant life. UC Berkeley (510) 642-5134
  • Randall Museum – Designed just for children, this museum offers ongoing classes in art, science, computers and a petting zoo. Museum Way/Roosevelt (E, 11) (415) 554-9600
  • Maritime Museum – History of West Coast steam navigation. View figureheads, ship models, art and photos. Polk/Beach (415) 556-3002
  • Mexican Museum – This museum is devoted to the fine art, folk art, culture and history of Mexican and Mexican-American/Chicano people. Fort Mason, Bldg. D (415) 441-0404
  • Museum of the City of San Francisco – Explore the City’s history through photographs, maps, paintings, antiques, artifacts. The Cannery, 2801 Leavenworth/Beach (415) 928-0289


  • Thomas Kinkade Gallery – The authentic source for current releases and vintage originals from the Painter of Light (TM). 781 Beach/Hyde (415) 440-0270
  • Lahaina Galleries – Featuring sculptures, paintings and prints by John Cosby, Adolf Sehring, Jan Parker, Gary Swanson, Kudo, Andrea Smith and more. 645 Beach/Hyde (415) 749-1000
  • Wyland Gallery – One of the world�s premier environmental marine life artists. Original oils, sculpture and watercolors, gifts from the sea. PIER 39 (415) 398-1922

For more information on changing, switching and hiding your IP address then check out this useful link where you’ll find loads of proxy related information.

Getting those Golden Sneakers

Ok so I’m a web guy, I make my living online doing all sorts of stuff including web design.  However I’m always looking for different opportunities to diversify my income.  If you spend much time looking for ways to make money over the internet, you’ll find loads of people willing to sell you blueprints and their special schemes.   In the most part when I have parted with some money, these things have been overpriced rubbish so I’d suggest you be wary if you find something like this.

Sometimes though you see people making real money, without trying to sell it to you and it’s often extremely intriguing.    Take for example a young man who I was talking to in a bar downtown last week, whom I discovered made his entire income selling one specific type of item online – sneakers.  It sounds unusual,  but apparently it’s a huge competitive market that exists pretty much entirely online.   The primary goal of this chap was to get as many pairs of the limited release sneakers from the big names and then sell them on for a profit.

Sounds simple, but it’s not as these sneakers are extremely difficult to get.  Pretty much like the tickets for a big concert it’s a matter of speed and luck trying to buy off the online sites when they are released.    But this young man didn’t rely on luck he used something called sneaker bots to automate the purchase attempt.    These are software programs which can automatically try and buy pairs of these sneakers from all different retailers when they’re released.

It sounds simple but there are complications mainly that in order to use this software you have to ‘hide’ the concurrent connections.  There is only one method to do this and that’s to use proxies.    Now I’ve used a lot of proxies in my time for a variety of reasons.  The last one  was when I spent a few weeks staying in  Paris, and of course I needed to watch UK TV online in France, well I needed some entertainment in English.

Many individuals devote literally thousands of dollars a month on using proxies, a reality which shocks many. If you do a quick google search you’ll find lots of lists of free proxies all over the place. Many are certainly listed as being super secure and elite, therefore why on earth do people shell out lots of money on them.

Well to start with, it is necessary to keep in mind in which any person who has the vaguest clue about online privacy, anonymity and the risks of cyber crime would certainly never go anyplace near a free proxy server. At best there poorly set up proxies accidentally left exposed by some overworked on-line admin someplace, which means that you are actually most likely stealing bandwidth if you make use of them. At worst, and it’s an increasingly likely situation the proxy has certainly been left open deliberately in order to rip off user credentials like emails, accounts and passwords. It’s not much of an option really, so you ‘d be encouraged to stay well away from them.

There is a big market for safe and genuine proxies for a range of uses and one of the most popular is actually buying sneakers from online web retailers. You see all the big retailers of sneakers (trainers in parts of Europe) release limited edition versions of their sneakers which are very much in demand. You can try and buy them online but it’s very difficult to do and you ‘d have to be very quick and luck to even grab as single pair.

Certainly since they’re rare and valuable then some people want to obtain lots of these– there’s an obvious profit opportunity there even if you usually do not prefer to wear them. So just how do individuals have the ability to acquire lots of these sneakers online from palces like Supreme, Footlocker and Nike well these guys pretty much use software applications.

There are lots of automated tools and robots which you can tweak to attempt to purchase these sneakers the moment they become available. Assuming that you get the right set up you can buy bunches of these for whatever purpose you prefer. The software simulates a human customer but with infinite patience repeatedly trying to buy the specified sneakers up until they achieve success. Lots of individuals buy up loads of these and certainly run successful businesses simply selling these shoes at inflated prices.

TO maximise their opportunities they install the software programs on high availability web servers with considerable amounts of bandwidth. These could be programmed remotely to leap into activity as soon as a new release becomes available.

The issue is that unquestionably the sellers really don’t like this and try and block access to all automated attempts to purchase the sneakers. They search for things like numerous connections from the exact same IP addresses and ban these immediately. Which implies even in the event that you have your very own server if it attempts to often to purchase the sneakers then it will get banned and the server and software program will be simply unusable.

The remedy is to add another layer of safeguards by making use of sneaker proxies to conceal your location and allow the software or Bot to revolve it’s identity in order to keep operating. It’s not actually tough to do but the vital requirement is that these are sneaker proxies with a specific configuration.

The first important component which you’ll certainly never get with free proxies is actually to ensure it has lots of residential IP addresses. These are generally rather hard to obtain due to the fact that these addresses are only typically handed out by ISPs to home users. The majority of online retailers understand that people attempt to hide their locations and often block all non-residential IP addresses automatically. Regular commercial VPN and proxies will possess commercial IP addresses so won’t work in this situation.

This is what makes sneaker proxies so unique, they should definitely have residential IP addresses that makes them pretty much undetectable from normal home users. It’s also what makes them so expensive as obtaining, supporting and running these sorts of residential proxies is pretty costly.

There are a handful of companies around who have actually managed to secure and specialize in residential IP proxies but there certainly aren’t many.

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Is Selcincro an Option to Abstinence to Alcohol

The founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, Bill Wilson wrote his famous book over 70 years ago describing his utter powerlessness when it cam to alcohol.  His confession about hitting rock bottom and changing his life have of course helped millions over the years gain freedom from alcohol by abstention.

Now ever since that time, the vast majority of experts and medical advisers have always followed this route when dealing with people with alcohol problems.  Anyone with any sort of issue with alcohol is advised to completely give up and never touch a drop again.   It’s the de-facto advice you’ll get from virtually everyone in the medical profession but the sad thing is that often  it simply doesn’t work.

It is of course a binary solution, you either fail or succeed, there’s no middle ground, no room for improvement or partial measures.  For every person who comes through the famous seven steps and leads a life of sobriety there’s probably many more who just give up completely.

However now addition specialists are beginning to think that this approach may not be correct.   In the US and Los Angeles imparticularly  many addition experts and physicians are suggesting that another route is not only just popular but perhaps more suitable for dealing with alcohol problems.

The way we treat and handle alcoholism is being changed by a variety of developments but one centers around a process called the Sinclair Method which aims to help drinkers drastically reduce rather than abstain from alcohol.  The method works in tandem with a drug called Selincro which you can read about here.

The drug is taken by an individual at least an hour before any drink and the idea is that it reduces the pleasure that each drink provides.   It contains the active ingredient Nalmefene which is designed to reduce the endorphins which are released when people drink.  The idea is that the brain begins to dis-associate the pleasure/reward with continued drinking.  The results and trials have been impressive, the average success rate is somewhere above 80% and the average reduction is about 62% in the fall in alcohol consumption.

The impressive thing is that it changes the focus from a titanic all or nothing battle with alcohol which unfortunately many people lose into one were you can gradually reduce their alcohol consumption.

The drawbacks are that although you can continue to drink using Selincro, you must take a single tablet before you drink in any 12 hour period.  That rule is for ever and without exception which obviously can be expensive unless you can get the drug on some sort of prescription.

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Los Angeles Launches World Cup Bid

Well it could be true, and for soccer fans it’s pretty exciting – the World Cup might be coming to Los Angeles.   Compared to much of North America we soccer fans do pretty well, but shortly we might have a chance to watch the best players in the world in our own stadiums.

Of course, we do get to see these players but usually when they’re semi-retired and looking for that last big pay cheque.  Or we have to watch on TV, I personally have invested in a VPN such as this to watch Match of the Day online, the Premiership soccer show broadcast by the BBC.

The latest development in LA’s bid to become a host for 2026 moved ahead last Tuesday following the city council decision to permit a private group to try and secure the international sporting event on behalf of many Southern California cities.   The hope is that LA World Cup 2026 will become a reality and many factions are behind this bid.   The Host Committee has set up a  Limited liability company to support the bid and the group comprises the LA Football Club.  They combined will bid on behalf of Inglewood, Pasadena and LA, a movement that eases the financial responsibility the setting of events, according to town officials.

There is an expectation that this is going to be a rousing success, called City Councilman Paul Koretz, who voted to back the bid. I do not see the threat from any other of the bidding organisations at all.

Previously this month, the L.A. City Council balked at the contract put ahead from the United Bid Committee, the 3 country group is cooperatively seeking to host the World Cup in North America. That proposal would have required the town of L.A. To pay for services such as police, even when games were stored in Pasadena. Los Angeles, that is among 25 U.S. Cities which may be host sites for the World Cup, it is likely to become the main contender for the championship game. Last software to host the World Cup are expected in March, and FIFA, the regulating body of international football, will select the winner in June.

Whether this happens or not we will have to wait and see.  From coverage in other nations press and media it seems that the LA bid is being taken seriously, it was recently covered by the British media which I access and stream UK TV abroad using the VPN mentioned above.

The football federations of the U.S., Mexico and Canada combined forces to present a combined bid. Morocco, that has submitted its bid, is the only contest. Separately, the council agreed Tuesday to approve a contract between LA Airports of the world and the U.S. Soccer Federation linked to the marketing of games and enticing visitors to the airport. The contract was accepted despite concerns from some lawmakers within a lack of legal protection for the city and the airport.

Torrents or Not – the Risks

I’m a pretty law abiding sort of guy, but I do find my behaviour becomes a little bit more flexible when I’m online. I’m not talking about overt criminality or anything like that, more taking use of available resources that perhaps I shouldn’t. My temptation is normally due to two distinct factors –

  • Love TV Shows and Movies
  • I’m lucky enough to travel a lot

How should these two factors combine is basically this – I am always waiting for the latest series of a variety of TV shows – Walking Dead, Game of Thrones and a myriad of others. Unfortunately when you’re travelling you can miss out on these releases as they’re often scheduled at different times. A show might be released on one date in the US and then a few weeks later in Europe, so if I’m travelling all my friends have seen in way before me – and yes they usually can’t resist commenting.

Streaming UK TV

You’d think that it wouldn’t matter because of the Internet but no, I am an avid HBO subscriber but am completely unable to access my subscription when outside the USA. It’s kind of stupid really that the online facility is blocked from me at the one time I actually wish to use it.

Now I can mess around with IP changers and stuff like that, but am always frustrated that I just can’t watch it quickly without problems which is why I am tempted by torrents. This is a way of sharing files between a shared community. Basically someone uploads a file and shares it on their computer then as people download they become part of the swarm and share it too. The result is that you can download movies and music very quickly indeed by using these ‘torrents’.

The problem is that you’re still breaking copyright and even if you have a legitimate right to access in one country doesn’t mean you have in another. It’s a crazy situation but unfortunately so it’s due to us having a licensing situation which kind of ignores the digital world we live in. Worst still when you download a file like this, it’s extremely simple to track down who downloaded it. It’s worth reading this article on anonymous torrenting for some background on the technicalities.

Basically you’re wide open to DCMA litigation, people get caught and fined all the time. In reality if you use a third party access point i.e. one that is not registered to your home address you should be alright. This is because although your IP address is recorded it won’t be associated with you directly if you are downloading from a coffee shop or hotel.

So when travelling it should be safer, although this doesn’t help with the very real problems of sharing your hard disk out to a bunch of strangers. All in all I don’t think torrents are worth the effort but I wish the media companies would sort out their licensing so people who travel aren’t penalized like this.

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