Pirate Bay / Bittorrent / TiVo / Free Anti-Virus
In today's TOURBUS, three Swedish pirates prepare to walk the plank! You'll learn about Bittorrent, and the dangers of digital downloading.
Could YOU get sued for file sharing? I've also got an intro to TiVo, reviews of three free anti-virus programs, and a new Top Twenty. Read on!
Pirate Bay - Grand Theft Audio?
In 2003, three young men from Sweden created a website called The Pirate Bay, which is essentially a catalog of all the illegal downloads available on the Internet. The site helps people search for and download copyrighted music, movies, TV shows and software. But this pirate ship may be sinking. In a trial that just concluded, the operators were portrayed as criminals for "promoting other people's infringements of copyright laws".
The defendants could face jail time and massive fines. But what about the users who did the downloading... will the authorities come after them (or you) next?
BitTorrent is a peer-to-peer file sharing platform designed to deliver large files over the over the web. In a nutshell, BitTorrent speeds up the download time by getting smaller chunks of large files from many different sources.
Although the technology is marvelous, it has become the most popular tool for the distribution of pirated digital content such as films, music, games, and software. Learn how Bittorrent works, where to get the software, and potential legal issues...
There's no doubt that something has impacted popular culture when it becomes a verb. Xerox, Google, and now Tivo are all action words. So if you haven't yet gotten with the program, literally, maybe now is the time to join almost four million others and take control of your television.
Is TiVo just a glorified VCR, or is it really a revolutionary new way to watch television? Get the scoop on TiVo here...
It's easy to be confused by all the free antivirus products. Some people swear that Avira is the best, others claim that AVG or Avast is definitely the way to go. They all start with "A" and claim over 50 million users. According to AV-Test, Avira detects 99.8% of all malware, and does well at avoiding false positives.
But AVG and Avast have their own strong points, too. Read my reviews of all three, along with reader comments, and choose the one that's right for you.
Casey Kasem has the Top 40 locked up, so I've decided to stick to with the Top Twenty. Every so often I go through the logs and see which articles were the most popular. So here are some selections from the current Top Twenty, ranked by readership volume.
Check 'em out, post your own pithy comments, and use the handy "Send this article to a friend" link in each article so your friends will be almost as smart as you!
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