I think the same @joker but I have so much archieved that I'll never get around to watching it all. I'm posting to you when I really should be watching my downloads. LOL
@mekon Same here will never watch all of my movie downloads and almost as bad with the TV shows.
@joker I have movies that I probably won't watch for a while, but I do intend to watch them all, eventually. As for TV, I don't d/load it if I'm not going to watch it :)
I just visited quark today and he gave me a movie (The Trojan Horse) but the quality was not good enough so I deleted it. I will only watch TV or movies that are top quality.
I think I'm cured - for the past week I have only been uploading. That said, I visited Quark today and he gave me 'Phoo Action' - I don't know if it's a film or TV programme but it's very funny.
I note that an American TV company is going to make a series about Robinson Crusoe - they have hired 'The Grand Turk' (a ship that visits Scarborough and Whitby every year - it is a replica galleon). It should be an enjoyable series.
I can honestly say we have a lot but have watched every minute of every file except for the very newest stuff and the chick-flicks (which the missus has watched endlessly, just like my cheezey scifi movies) and nothing takes long to get seen. Sometimes it is a happy happenstance that I get a batch of netflix with 4-5 episodes per disc and a whole series via internet at the same time and then things take a bit but never for longer than a week. If I downloaded more than I needed or truly wanted enough to watch, I would consider that addiction, unless there was some monetary incentive which puts this conversation in a whole new realm.
Back in the 80's and early 90's I was addicted to acquiring software by the above definition.
When I went to totally free software on the otherhand, my acquisition need dropped to exactly what I need. Strange, that.
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If this is addiction... So... I have been a addict my whole life! lol
I'm not sure that the actual downloading is the addiction. Perhaps it's the desire to collect or watch programs that are no longer airing or do not air in the area one lives (or one cannot afford to add those networks to one's cable or they're not offered).
I was a collector before I discovered torrents. I'd either tape (before DVD and TiVo) full seasons of my favorite shows and keep them for later watching. I'd buy DVD's whenever I could afford to.
When I moved to Mexico this became a problem. Many networks not available, and the shipping costs to buy DVD's (in English of course) made it prohibitive. This, I don't think it a rationalization, but maybe it is....
Watching what you download is called consumption.
Downloading things you *know* you will probably never watch would qualify as addicition.
That's a good definition.
So that makes me addicted.
All Hail At The Altar Of Gimme.
Every series I download I put onto DVDs and make attractive colour case inserts (with an appropriate picture along with title and season/episode numbers.) The inner cover is usually supplied by Quark and it comprises the episode names, their byte size and time duration.
It's better than stealing hub-caps!
Guess that makes me "slightly" addicted. Hmmm...
All Hail Those Who Give More Back. LOL.
I am slowing down now. I will download a film (hush my mouth) that I think is interesting but I have almost stopped downloading TV series - partially because Quark downloads them for me. I tend to download things that will help me upload to 'The Shows' so's I can get some points.
@mekon More TV than movies at the moment. I'm really strict with myself ratio wise. I prefer to upload at least twice what I d/load. Because of not-so-good bandwidth I can only have four streams running at once. A lot of the time, it's four that I'm seeding. :)
@devaasha - a maximum of only 4 - you poor thing. I've usually got 12 running and I think I could have many more but don't. Quark often has 20 to 30 running. For the last 7 days I've not been downloading - only seeding to try and get healthier ratios.
my download speed runs about 700-800 sometimes if really lucky 1000 upload is set at max of 75 unless I only have one seeding then I will crank it up to 200 but it seems very few ppl can suck it down that fast guess I am one the lucky ones
@mekon - Four is better than none. I'm in the middle of Mexico, I'm thankful I've got fairly consistent broadband at all :D
In theory I could notch up the speed a bit by paying more money but I have more time than money, if you know what I mean. And it's not like I can't do other things meanwhile.
Much faster and you''ll be watching before downloading!! LOL
@devaasha - your point is well made (damn - I could have posted that in the 'get points thread!'
I tend to forget that not everyone has Internet access and/or Broadband.
Downloading is one of my addictions! The other is watching TV.
Not sure I am addicted to downloading since a lot of the crud out there I would not waste free bandwidth on, but since getting into torrents I am finding an almost insatiable appetite for trying new shows. So I suppose I sample a lot more stuff now than I ever would before..
But this is still total consumption and really its only good for the studios because I now will try shows straight from the air (well after heavy editing but the point is, buying what they are selling) so it would be just like them not to like it.
@mekon - I have a friend in New Jersey who can't get broadband. Friends in Boston who simply can't afford it. Interestingly, here (MX) dial up is virtually non existent. One either has DSL (from Prodigy of all folks) or cable modem from our cable system. They sell speed in tiers. We got the mid-tier.
Amazing the places where there is virtually no internet.
Even more surprising is the hotels/motels (in the US) that have no connections at all. Traveling down here, dial up was the only thing we could find in Arizona (Motel 6) and nothing was what we found in southern Texas.
When we stopped for a night in San Luis Potosi (about half way between to border and here) there was free broadband on tap. Go figure. :|
@whiplash - There are several series I'd never have even heard of were it not for torrents. I'm watching more TV and no commercials, what's not to get addicted to :D
@davaasha The motel chain La Quinta has broadband in most of its sites. Of the nine I've stayed at this year seven had wireless.
We were comfortable moving to Middle Of Nowhere New England because we could get broadband here 10 years ago. It's not cheap and we only have cable, but we are connected to the world (and tv) because of it.
@devaasha - you do surprise me. One imagines that the USA is all covered by broadband access. I know that some countries, like Cuba, do not have broadband. Here, in the UK, our libraries have dozens of IT broadband terminals and WiFi access. I often pop into my local library and use an IT terminal - it's free to members.
@mekon - You'd be surprised who has good broadband and who doesn't. There are a lot of places in the US that simply aren't covered because the companies don't feel the population is dense enough to put out the effort.
Mexico is coming into its own. Maybe slowly but steadily.
@tm5 - I've not seen a La Quinta in the US and haven't stayed in one here in Mexico. Traveling down, we picked the least expensive motels we could find. Although most had, at least, dial up, few had broadband and at least 1/3 had nothing. This was 3 years ago, so things may have improved.
From what I understand (news, articles, etc.) Canada has the most coverage of any other country in North America. Don't know about Europe.
The library here has broadband as well, unfortunately, my laptop's battery is useless (won't hold a charge) so it's not so portable. Dell no longer sells replacement batteries for this model (4 years old).
You make a good point there.
People if you go to buy a laptop.
Ensure the following that
* Rechargeable batteries are available.
* Supplied with or buy a charger.
* Buy a spare set of rechargeable batteries.
* It has a mains alternative which use at every opportunity to prolong battery life.
Remember rechargeable batteries can only be
recharged for a limited number of times then will fail.
@devaasha Canada doesn't have the most coverage, just the greatest % households with computers & broadband (my 80 year old father has broadband!) but 'rural' Canada (~90% of landmass) is too sparsely populated for consistent dial up. For them satellite will make a difference; no wires to lay & maintain. At the cottage, 90Km away, there is only dial up (costs more than unlimited broadband in the city). Another 20Km west, no access at all.
On the upside, none of my rural friends and family have a downloading addiction. They think I'm crazy, but enjoy the discs.
As for my addiction, I recently added 'Vincent' to my family of XHD. He is #5, 1 T and close to half full as I have been downloading, but unable to watch much for a couple months now.
Much like the Jolie-Pitts, I'm considering adding to my 'family' again, very soon. I am watching out for a suitable 'orphan' even now.
Yeah on this long weekend we have to back up all four TB...I fear the process....
@jazzband - hard to be addicted to something one really can't access (I would imagine torrents on dial up would be extremely painful and frustrating).
I'm still collecting "Colombo". I'm about 1/4 of the way through season 9 (there are 12). Way behind on my movies (both d/loading and watching).