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We are getting scattered reports of some trackers either getting hacked or exploited in some way, and then the userbase begins to get PMs (on the site) or even e-mails with scam e-mail, usually a request for donations in Bitcoin. It isn't clear how these exploits are occurring, whether it be a hacker getting a staffer's password and accessing the userbase that way, or actually using a hacker technique such as SQL insertion. (Note I am a relative tech n00b, so I cannot get into the specifics of what that means.)

However, this blog article is written for regular tracker members and what it means for them. First, be wary if you get an unsolicited PM from a tracker and it looks suspicious. Some may fool you, if it comes from "System" or an actual staff member. If the PM asks for...
I wrote a blog article years ago about what would constitute "unwanted publicity" at private trackers and why respecting "publicity" rules at trackers was important. Back in the day, the culture was to never talk too much about private trackers on an open forum or blog, especially one read by the general public. Even here at TPS, we would almost never post full URLs of trackers and just use their nicknames or letter acronyms. Now some trackers were so secret you were not supposed to even discuss them at all, so some members would refer to them with a letter and a few "*" s , like F*N for the now defunct scene tracker. This would backfire as people not members of the secret tracker would get curious and want to know more.

Well how times have changed. I think one big change was the...
Lets see where was I

Oh yeah, driving to work and my phone rings. Its my wife and see says Homeland Security is there and I should come home. Nice way to start a Monday morning off.

I get home and there’s a dozen agents all over the place inside and out. Now I’ve read the law and am capable of making an informed decision, my decision was that I’ll get slapped on the wrist and sent home, no problem. I walked in my house and got frisked, was given a search warrant that was dated on the previous day. Damn they got a Judge on a Sunday? Well anyways the proceeded to take my 2 computers, the laptop and my children’s 3 computers, numerous disks and flash drives, and my MP3 recorder. They failed to take the USB Hard Drive that was lying on the floor or the 6 channel FM receiver...
Good morning ladies and gentlemen,

I'd like to thank you for the warm welcome. There is so much to tell and do here and I'm sure we've got plenty of time. But let me start out by answering a few questions and hopefully filling in some of the blanks.

When they first came and raided my house back in May of 2010 they took 6 computers, after personally hounding the local ICE office for 3 months straight I got 3 of them back. What had taken so long was the ineptitude of the techs at our Buffalo Office. They had trouble searching the files of 6 unencrypted computers. Obviously they needed more training because 2 of the computers they gave back had counterfeit Windows on them.

At this time I decided to stop all the R&D I was doing, you see a year before that I got sick of watching poor...
The following text is an excerpt from today's entry in my Wordpress music journal.

As you're undoubtedly aware, media servers occasionally require a bit of maintenance and today was that day.

For days the Windows 10 free upgrade offer had been calling to me from the bottom of my screen. After nearly a week's hesitation I gave in and accepted the offer. Of course, this was a Microsoft upgrade, so it wasn't going to be a smooth ride. Three failed attempts and a non-responsive Windows Update later I found myself once again growing tired of Windows issues.

Curiously, my fiance was experiencing similar difficulties with her own machine - her latest Windows Update had run for an eternity with no response. Manual installation attempts were fruitless so we gave up and ran the...
This topic came up on the forums so I thought I'd explore the topic a little further. Seems like the topic is a little more nuanced than I thought. Read on.

There are some "pirate" sites which clearly "for pay" and "for profit" sites. Some are streaming sites and some may have DDL links. Their methods include either a fee to enter the site, or a "pay as you go" plan where you pay for what you download or stream. Some of the better known ones involved sporting events or popular movies. Now I've stated before I'm against these kinds of places, as filesharing should not be about profiting. Besides, I would prefer to buy the real thing than pay a "discount" for a pirate product. (This goes for fake and unlicensed merchandise as well.) Furthermore, if owners of such sites are busted,...
I've already wriiten a blog article on how making dupe accounts here doesn't pay because within time, they all get caught. Well we just caught another one. Read on.

Months ago we banned a guy. I already forgot what it was for, but it was more or less for general dishonesty. Then he made a dupe account and came back, and within a few weeks the dupe alarm went off and we banned him again. So every time an applicant from his area applied to TPS, I'd reject it unless the application was stellar.

Well for his third attempt at making a dupe account, his IP was hundreds of miles from the location of his previous accounts, and his application seemed a little different from his previous. So I didn't want to just reject the application because he was from the same country as the banned...
Still getting caught up on "Entourage" episodes. The most interesting character on that show (in my opinion) is "Superagent" Ari Gold (played by Jeremy Piven). This is a guy who I actually can identify with - Type A, success driven, and a workaholic. He, like me, thinks of career as a game with winners and losers, and though you can't win every time, you keep score and try to win more than you lose. In addition, although lots of the show involves the "boys" picking up women and "living the good life," the more interesting parts of the show involve the backstabbing, cutthroat world of Hollywood, and the politics and power plays people in the "industry" use to succeed in that world.

Well this kind of "office politics" doesn't just happen in Hollywood, it happens in all areas of...
OK a non-torrent article. Cue the music...

Superhero, by Jane's Addiction (Theme Song for "Entourage" )

I'm cruising through Beverly Hills, 90210 with my entourage (my office manager, who I suppose is like E) and her son who is driving us in his car (I suppose he's Turtle). Pull up to Mastro's Steakhouse on Canon Drive and valet park, to meet with someone who really wants to do business with me, so he's buying. Get a Grey Goose martini with 3 olives stuffed with blue cheese (stirred, not shaken. You don't need to...
[The article below is an edited excerpt from my music journal. My recent audio project would not have been possible if it weren't for file sharing communities, and I wanted to say THANKS!]

This morning saw the conclusion of my latest archival project. The world’s longest-running ambient radio program, Hearts of Space began broadcasting slow music for fast times back in 1973. The original program was a 3-hour set, shortened to its present 1-hour format when the show began public radio syndication in 1983.

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Since syndication Heats of Space has aired 1080 hour-long episodes showcasing quality ambient music each week for over 30 years. After unsuccessful searches on public and...