Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Private Trackers Mean Work!

I just recently received an invite to an unnamed private tracker site. I'm not new to the world of private trackers by any means, but this one runs so efficiently that seeding is quite difficult to manage. Today I've put quite a bit of effort into coming up with a way to get established on the site.

Like any decent tracker, your seeding ratio is important to keep yourself as a good member. Some strict ratios coupled with inactivity restrictions leave any member that is new to the site to work hard in order to stay a member. My solution? I found an old CD which, at first glance, didn't appear to be in the list of available torrents and proceeded to rip it, abiding by the vast catalogs of rules the tracker wishes you to use to name and rip your files. With FLAC ripping taking quite some time as is, I very quickly invested a few hours time into this project, but completed it nonetheless. Yay!...right?...not quite.

Ripping in progress.
After pouring my time into learning the proper use of the rules and completing my torrent, ready to upload, I discovered that the CD had already been uploaded a long time ago. Guess I just searched for the wrong keywords or skipped over the existing torrent when looking to see if it already existed. Argh!

All-in-all, I don't feel as though my time was entirely wasted. While I'd have loved to have had that extra boost to my ratio as I'm starting out with this tracker, even without it, I've learned the rules and process. This will make all of my future rip/uploads for this tracker go by much quicker!

Thanks for reading!

Monday, May 30, 2011


How could I forget with my first post that it was Memorial Day?! My thoughts go out to those that have been doing such a fantastic job at keeping us all free! Thank you for making life possible in this country!

Happy Memorial Day!

Windows restarting.

Doesn't it bother you that windows restarts on its own? It sure bothers me. Makes me want to use linux more often.