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Bauhaus Covers and eMule

The astute amongst you may have seen that I was listening to a Bauhaus covers CD whilst writing an earlier post. Well, it's certainly an interesting album and has a few good covers on it. Once I finish it I may let you know what's what (I'm only on track 5 now because I stopped and got dinner, spoke to my Mum, and have been pisisng about on eMule....

....what a handy link into....

eMule is a peer-to-peer downloader. Kathryn told me about it on Wednesday and I've been meaning to have a poke about one for a while. I used Kazaar a few years ago but took it off the machine for some reason or other. eMule doesn't download spyware or anything to your computer and is an open source program so it has a couple of advantages over some other software. Now I'm very new to this downloading malarky but it seems a bit slow at the moment. Anyone know how to speed things up? All I've been downloading at present is songs but I wouldn't mind downloading videos at somepoint.

Found a few Sisters tracks that I've been wanting (Comfortably Numb, Confide in Me, Cry Little Sister, etc), several The Bravery tunes, and a host of Nine Inch Nails tracks/covers/duets (including one with Garbage apparently and a duet with Marilyn Manson covering Like a Virgin!). Once they (finally) download I'll let you know if they're any good...... just wish it'd hurry the f**k up.

Anyway, I'm going to leave the old PC running and go and start watching Season One of The Shield as I've had it forvere and still not seen it. I will get round to watching Richard III one day. Honest.


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Feb. 26th, 2005 11:09 pm (UTC)
Bert uses eMule as well, it has tons of rarities on there but it sometimes takes absolute ages to download.
I wish I had that NiN & Garbage and the NiN & Marilyn Manson track too :'(
Feb. 27th, 2005 12:48 am (UTC)
Have Sisters actually really truly done a cover of Cry Little Sister? Every time I see it it's just the band who did it for the Lost Boys sound track and that ain't Sisters...
Feb. 27th, 2005 02:16 pm (UTC)
It appears not. When it finally downloadded it was the same song from the Lost Boys Soundtrack. I deleted it as I have the soundtrack on vinyl and (I think) CD and really don't need a mp3 of it (or really have any desire for it).

Feb. 27th, 2005 10:17 am (UTC)
Win MX
Have you tried Win MX? Again no spyware downloads and usually good for music.

There is another one which combines Emule with DOnkey and another network.

Damn if I can remember the name!

Feb. 27th, 2005 02:16 pm (UTC)
Re: Win MX
Thanks for the tip. I haven't tried MX but might look into it.
Feb. 27th, 2005 02:25 pm (UTC)
Re: Win MX
No probs

Feb. 28th, 2005 04:28 am (UTC)
I've used various Bittorrent clients, all of which crashed randomly on Win98 and worked well on Windows XP. There's a lot of anime at animesuki.com, all fansubbed stuff not licensed in the US. I know there's a couple of decent comics torrent trackers out there, if you have that particular addiction.

My local library also has a lot of CDs and graphic novels, as well as a few DVDs. We've gotten the anniversary edition of Alien, which was really interesting.

As far as the speedup, I think port forwarding and firewalls make a big difference. Most of the p2p clients reward "playing nice"- if someone is sending you bits of a file, you send them bits of the file. If, on the other hand, your firewall makes it tough for them to find you, you may download, but not see the speeds you'd otherwise see.

I got awesome speeds downloading a Knoppix distro on Bittorrent. Lots of seeds and lots of peers helps. Weird little files that few people seed tend to run slower (can vary depending on where everyone is located).

Hope that helps!
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