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      15.12.2011 21:53
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      Is legal media downloading the way of the future? It seem so.

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      A message we're all used to seeing, whether it's on our computers, games consoles or even on our phones.

      Media is pretty much my life; video games, films, music, books, technology, and computers. I use computers and technology all the time and keep track of the latest technology and media. So you may be thinking that I get all the latest technology and love the new ideas, such as touch screens or downloading media. But you'd be wrong.

      It's always great to see what they can do with technology and it's great to have different options for getting media. Many people already download bonus content for games, or even full games and people have been downloading music for years. All the time new products are becoming available for download.

      New games, extra game content, new books, new films and, of course, the latest music. There's no doubt that there's a market out there for downloadable products, especially with most of the younger generation constantly on mobile phones. However, is legal media downloading the way of the future?

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      Last generation saw the PS2, Xbox and Gamecube go into battle with gameplay, graphics and extra features such as being able to play DVDs all being used in the war to prove which was best. This generation the PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii have all gone to the next step with wireless controllers, movement sensors and downloading content and full games.

      While they may offer some free content most of it you have to pay for and in most cases it costs far more for full games than if you were buying them from a shop or second hand. In fact, on average, I reckon I'd probably have had to pay out at least three times as much if I'd downloaded all the games I have. I buy a lot of games online and get them delivered, but even including the cost of petrol to go to the store it would still be far cheaper than downloading the game.

      Being able to download extra content for games is a nice option, although due to the cost not something I ever do, but plenty of people do. It's a much easier option to simply download the content for games as it doesn't take as long to download as full games.

      Of course, it's not just video games that can be downloaded. Mobile phones all have games on now and usually you have the option to purchase more. Making more media available on mobile phones is a good idea as people can download any application or game no matter where they are. So if you're travelling somewhere and you are bored you can just go to the online store and download an application. There are even many free ones. However, it does also lead to the problem of people spending their lives on their mobiles.

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      With companies such as LoveFilm offering films streamed straight to your TV, PS3 or computer it's hardly surprising that downloading films is becoming more popular. People want to be able to click a button and receive the film almost straight away, they don't want to have to go and get a disk. Streaming allows you to watch it straight away with no downloading so in the future streaming more media rather than downloading will probably be the way forward.

      For those who want to watch a film over and over downloading is probably the better option. It is stored on a storage device and you can just click to play it any time. While this may seem the way forward as there's no need to go anywhere or put up with hundreds of disks lying around, storage devices aren't always cheap and there's always the risk of technical problems.

      It is also leads to illegal downloading. For years people have been illegally downloading films, some of which aren't even out yet and which people have filmed at the cinema or gained somehow and most likely shouldn't have. The chances are it will be hard to stop this.

      I'm sure that streaming and downloading will probably lead to film companies such as LoveFilm and Blockbusters competing to try and get the newest films out to you in the fastest way possible, which may not sound a bad thing, but it means that the technology you have has to be better to handle the speeds the film could be sent and the quality of the film and that, of course, costs money.

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      Music is probably the first thing most people think of when you say about downloading. Napster was one of the first music sharing systems until it was shut down because of the music industry complaining, but it was around this time that online media started to take off. Music is another form of media that has been downloaded illegally for years, but downloading legally has also become more popular with sites and programs such as iTunes and Amazon where you can download songs and, usually, for much less than a CD would cost. MP3 players and Ipods have replaced portable CD players, giving people more reason to download instead of buying a CD. MP3 players are being brought out with more features and more memory so it looks as though downloading music is here to stay.

      As with film, downloading is not the only option. Besides buying a CD you can also stream music. So while you may need downloads for MP3 players or Ipods when on a computer, or even watching TV or using a games console, many people stream music instead from websites such as Youtube or programs like Spotify. It saves on storage space and you can even get programs/applications or websites when on the move as many mobile phones now have them features on them so there's no need to download anything (other than perhaps a small application).

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      Books are often a forgotten media, especially now with the Internet being widely available. If you look at a book you'd probably wonder how it can be improved. After all, we used books for centuries without changing them. Books too have now entered the digital age, although whether you consider this an improvement is another matter.

      Since the Internet became popular being able to buy books has become much easier as many sites across the world sell and ship them, but that also led to stories and information being posted online or downloaded and now we have e-books (electronic books) and many devices to choose from to store these e-books on and read them.

      I can understand why people would prefer e-books as you can store them on a small device, take them anywhere and read whatever story you wish when you wish, but when just sitting at home there's no reason why an e-book would be better than an actual book.

      Without technology I would be completely lost. I also have loads of books that are currently fighting the video games for space on my shelves. Yet somehow the idea of having a device with digital books stored on it doesn't really appeal to me.

      I think in the end it all comes down to one point for me; cost. Is there any point in paying for a device when I can read anyway without it? Then there's the cost of the e-books themselves. I love to get a good deal. I can go on eBay or even walk into a bookshop and find a book for less than £1 or one that is half price. With an e-book you may get odd sales on certain books, but you have to pay the price that's set because there's no one else selling it. There's no such thing as a second hand e-book that people can sell on cheaper. I can't afford to keep paying out the prices they charge for e-books. If I was to buy a e-book reader it would be so I could read more often, but with them prices I'd end up reading less often because I'd have to wait until I could afford to buy another e-book.

      I like reading stories online, but if I'm not by a computer or it requires buying and downloading an e-book to read it then I'd much prefer to read an actual book. There's no waiting for a download and I spend a lot of time in front of a screen so it's nice to escape that.

      E-book readers such as the Kindle seem to have become the next big thing and if it gets more people reading that's never a bad thing. I think books will be around for a long time yet though. Like any other technology or digital product, e-books and the devices still have their disadvantages.

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      I think downloading will become more popular and I've no doubt that more technology will be available in the near future that will bring media to us in new ways. Still, I think there's a lot to be said for having physical products rather than digital and I believe there will always be a market for them. I'm quite happy to download certain products (e.g. extra game content or music), but I like being able to get a good deal and sell products on when I don't want them anymore. Sure you may find a digital product on sale every so often, but the companies will probably always have a lot of control over the prices and you obviously can't sell a digital product as second hand like you can a disk or book.

      There are problems such as hacking and illegal downloading. No matter how much companies try and stop it there will always be someone out there who can manage it and if everyone's paying and getting products online it gives hackers even more reason to hack as they've more to gain.

      Teenagers are used to using the Internet and technology and as more people grow up using it downloading and streaming media will most likely be more popular. Currently there are many people who aren't as familiar with technology or they simply dislike using technology for everything. While ever there are people who don't just want digital media there is a market for physical products.

      Legally downloading media is the way of the future, but I don't think it will ever be the only option and if ever everything does become digital I think streaming all media is probably going to be more popular than downloading. Downloading has its advantages, but not enough for it to be the only option.

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      31.10.2011 16:09
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      90% of all music downloaded online is stolen, simple as, the internet killing the music industry stone dead. The 10% that is purchased is mostly the popular songs, the day of the album track as equally scarce as music sales collapse. Or so it looks. The music industry is claiming that because everyone can choose to buy online they have bigger sales reach and so can afford to off set the huge theft. If an albums total sale was one million copies worldwide in 1990 and one million in 2011, regardless of how many copies are stolen in 2011, its still sells the same sales, right? That is the logic the music industry is desperately clinging to. Let's not forget that back in the 1970s and 80s when most of us were kids we did the same thing and taped our favourites off the Top 40 every Sunday night on the Radio One chart run down, our two fingers simultaneously poised above the play and record buttons so we didn't get to record the annoying DJ's waffle over the song. We never could time that quite right could we, the camp sound of Peter Powell announcing Gary Neman and Cars was still number one on your TDK C90 unavoidable. In fact DJs are always trained to talk over record segways to stop us doing what we were doing so to scupper and spoil our recordings, an illegal act to record any music under copyright laws.

      Once music went digital it was unavoidable that most tracks would be pinched online, the nature of the World Wide Web to do exactly that and share information and files. CD sales have really suffered in the last ten years and so the high street music store all but extinct, HMV likely to go bust next year. Some of the more precious and successful artistes thought their fans would stay loyal to them and battled on with CDs, hoping those fans would not pinch their music online. That certainly proved not the case when indie kings Radiohead tried an experiment to test that fan loyalty when trying to figure out how to make money from their online music sales. In 2007 they released their album 'In Rainbows' online with the caveat that punters could pay what they liked for it, from £0.00 to whatever. It was a disaster, one third of punters paying 0.00 pence and the average price offered ending up at around £4 pounds by the time they pulled the offer three months later. If intelligent Radiohead fans, well aware that stealing music destroys the artist, wouldn't play fair then who would? The band did recover physical sales when the CD was released by shifting 80,000 box sets at £40 each on top of the regular high street CD sales, those purchases almost an apology by their fans for paying nothing for the download, and turned a healthy 1.5 million sales by the end of 2007. Prince decided to go one better and just give his new record away free with the Daily Mail, the increased tabloid sales and great PR eventually meaning that record made more than his last one. You have to innovative to make money these days in music.

      The top ten most downloaded songs of all time on Apples ITunes....


      1. "I Gotta Feeling" by Black Eyed Peas
      2. "Poker Face" by Lady Gaga
      3. "Boom Boom Pow" by Black Eyed Peas
      4. "I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz
      5. "Viva la Vida" by Coldplay
      6. "Just Dance" by Lady Gaga & Colby O'Donis
      7. "Low" (feat. T-Pain) by Flo Rida
      8. "Love Story" by Taylor Swift
      9. "Bleeding Love" by Leona Lewis
      10. "Tik Tok" by Ke$ha

      The above printed list on their website was Apples celebration last year of its ten billionth music download. It's all mainstream pop and perhaps reflects more of the growing use of Itunes download in the last five years than the most popular songs to record. But spare a thought for the Gallagher brothers this year. Noels solo projects record has sold as many copies on its launch week as Liams did all year. Not surprisingly their vanity projects don't feature above, suggesting the college kids who are the bulk of indie music purchases are not stealing music as much as they were.

      Film...

      So if nearly all music is being stolen then once most film and TV is delivered online the same must happen there, right? Now that we have superfast broadband to download bigger files somewhat quicker it's going to be a breeze to steel film and television, and if the movie industry loses big sales this way then they just won't have the money to invest and make smaller more intelligent movies and so Transformers 10 and the like inevitably the norm, robots bashing each other forever more!

      The movie industry intends to counter this huge threat by releasing films on all platforms simultaneously, the punter having the choice to watch the film at the cinema or at home on stay snug and see it on the TV, laptop or even the Smartphone. They have also increased the amount of films they release at the cinema in 3D as it's harder and bulkier to pirate. Its human nature to want something for nothing and so the mass theft will continue online but its also human nature that the same people will moan when the movies they like are no longer made.

      Most pirated downloaded films of all time..........

      Rank---Year----Total download----Films gross to date.

      1 Avatar (2009) ------- 21 million times ($2,782,275,172)
      2 The Dark Knight (2008) --------- 19 million times $1,001,921,825
      3 Transformers (2007) 19 million times ------ $709,709,780
      4 Inception (2010) 18 million times-------- $825,408,570
      5 The Hangover (2009) 17 million times-------- $467,483,912
      6 Star Trek (2008) 16 million times------- $385,680,446
      7 Kick-Ass (2010) 15 million times --------- $96,188,903
      8 The Departed (2006) 14 million times ------- 289,847,354
      9 The Incredible Hulk (2008) 14 million times -------- $263,427,551
      10 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007) 14 million times --------$963,420,425

      As you can see they are mostly films watched by the 18-40 crowd in the last five years and big budget multiplex hits at that, computer savvy kids wanting to see the big event films for free in their bedrooms. Therefore it's rather ironic that the films that are the least likely to be downloaded are the ones that will be ditched to find revenue to make the Hangover 3. Just how much cash those 21 million downloads world wide lost Avatar is anyone guess, but an interesting table all the same.

      SO the way around this must be to incorporate the internet provider monthly fee with a royalty to the entertainment companies for the 'use' of their copyright. What if big and frequent torrent downloader's that are easily monitored by the internet providers are asked to pay more for their monthly internet and so a percentage goes to the film and music makers that way? I think Spotify do something similar with music and that has seen some revenue flowing from free music through the advertising model ending up with the music producers and artists. The current system of a free for all can't continue. I know the film industry on mass have recently bought a lawsuit against BT broadband who told them, through the courts, they have 14 days to shut down access to a file sharing site called Newzbin2 that transmits pirate films to a potential 6 million BT subscribers, so to set a precedent on stopping IP providers providing access to steel film and music content. If that works it could see movement to save both the music and film industry. If it doesn't then we will end up with new films simply being broadcast on your TV set and the cinema experience no more, another reason to stay home and eat too much. Mind you it would save on those extortionate popcorn prices, still the world's biggest food mark up profit.


      As far as the future of home downloading goes you can only really see your cable TV connection playing a much bigger part. After the nation has been effectively forced on to digital the likes of the BBC no longer have a monopoly share and so will only lose market share and power and so that digital wire will see allsorts coming down it. Therefore we will no longer have a use for the BBC and so the license fee will eventually go, radical downsizing already under way due to the austerity measures at the BBC. Therefore our viewing habits will change as our attention spans drop and we will flick away to our hearts content. But I also see the TV and computer monitors merging to become one and so we can bring up our favorite internet pages, like facebook and hotmail....or4D porno! Most people are beginning to spend more time online than watching TV and so it makes sense to merge the two. We can already watch TV content on the various Iplayers and often the picture is better than our home TVs. If we are honest some of these brand new flat screen tellies are not great on freeview on a digital aerial as far as the picture goes. I would much prefer to receive an internet quality picture through my TV. And with HDTV and 3DTV on the market and holographic TV in development then clearly downloaded stuff will have more clarity to it in the future.

      So summing I really don't think we have a choice on how we will get our TV in the future and legal digital has to be the way. If we keep getting our content illegally then the music and film industry will shrink rapidly and everything will be real-time. But the interactive nature of the changes to the media will be exciting and harder to pirate and I'm sure your mums will love holographic Bruce Forsyth's on Strictly Come Dancing on your living room floor. I for one wouldn't mind once around the shagpile with Holy Valance!

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        10.07.2008 13:49
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        Excellent, you really cant go wrong.

        Cant find something that you really want to download?... Look here

        www.mininova.org is the best place ever for downloading absolutley anything for FREE....Yes for FREE.
        (please beware of the copywrite laws when visiting this website as when i say anything you really can get anything, movies, full albums, songs, software, games)

        This website is one of the best websites of its kind and is similiar to the popular www.piratebay.org.

        The website itself is one of the largest torrent listings in the world. It was created in 2005 and is ever so popular. It came around following Supanova, which was closed down due to legal reasons. People who visit mininova.org can upload torrents to their website, these are anonymous and do not log your IP address. Mininova also has a lot of copywrited material, which it why i explained that you can get absolutley anything on here.
        It is reported that the word 'mininova' ranked 9 on Google's list of most queried terms in 2006.

        To use Mininova you will need to download p2p software, i personally use Utorrent, and this can be found on their website. Once you have got this you are ready to go. You will then need to visit mininova and type in the search box what you are looking for, i am sure you will get a long list of options to download from. The items with the most seeds will be the quickest. Click on the item and then press 'download torrent', once you do this a pop up should appear asking you what software you want to open this torrent with, you need to select utorrent. You will then get a message saying which items do you want to download, once you have decided oress 'ok' and your download begins. You can choose wherever you want this file to be saved.

        There is also ratings, comments and thankyous under the summary of whatever you are going to download so you can see the quality before you do so.

        ** what is a seed **

        A "Seed" or "seeder" is someone who is online and connected, and has a complete copy of what is being downloaded, available for upload so that you can download it. A Leech is someone who doesn't have the full version, and is downloading it (It sounds bad, but we all have to be leeches to become seeders).

        Like I said please be aware of copywrite issues as you can get absolutley everything from this website. Great if you need to download shareware or trail versions as this is legal, any other downloads will not be legal.

        Have fun... I do!! :)

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        ~ ~ As some of the older members will probably be aware, the mad cabbie has been known to have a good little rant every now and again about the availability (or should I say NON-availability) of a good Internet connection here in Dublin, which does little to warrant its new title as the “I.T. Capital of Europe” in my opinion.
        Up until August of 2003 I had to make do with a pay-per-minute dial up connection, initially from the old state monopoly provider, Eircom, and then laterally from one of the newcomers to the telecommunications market since deregulation, Esat BT.
        Then we eventually began to get offered “no limits, flat rate” connections from the various Internet Providers, the first of which was the excellent offer from my current ISP, Ulster Television. (The TV company based in the North of Ireland) For €29.99 per month I get a complete telephone and internet package that allows me to surf for 180 hours per month at anytime of the day or night.

        ~ ~ Over the last year or so there has been a big push from both the ISP’s and the Government to try to get internet users to change over to the new Broadband technology, with some belting “always on” flat rate packages now available with the various companies. (Isn’t competition great?) The only problem is that the “copper wire” telephone connection to my house (built in 1951) isn’t capable of sustaining a Broadband connection, (or so they tell me!) and Eircom, who STILL own my line, can’t even begin to give me a date when this might be rectified.
        So it looked as if I was stuck with my current connection for the foreseeable future. I’ve done everything possible to speed up the connection, even paying for an ISDN line to be installed, and my current connection speeds are in or about the 70 to 80k/bps mark.

        ~ ~ But then I was made aware of another possibility. Wireless Broadband, offered by a company called Irish Broadband. A small aerial on the roof of your house and off you go, with connection speeds (download and upload) in excess of 1Mb. €199 installation charge, and then a monthly cost of €44.99 for an always on connection. Hold me back, thinks the mad cabbie, and immediately fills out the application form. But two months later I’m STILL waiting for connection due to the unprecedented demand. (Must be a lot more than me with “copper wire” problems by the looks of things!)

        ~ ~ Then yesterday morning I get a phone call from my best mate, who is raving and frothing at the mouth about a new software application called “OnSpeed” that he has just downloaded from the Internet. (He’s in the same position as me; no Broadband available on his phone line!) Get online quick Ken is his advice. Only €39.99 per year (£25 Sterling in the UK or $44.99 in the USA) and this marvellous new software utility will give you near Broadband speeds from your existing dial-up connection. He’s already downloaded it, and can vouch for the veracity of their claims!
        I had a vague recollection of reading a good review about the software from my good friend “jillmurphy”, who had downloaded it to improve her crap Internet connection when she moved from the big smoke down to the wilds of rural Devon, so my next stop was to re-read her review. Right enough, Jilly is well pleased with it, and so was the one other review I read.
        A quick bit of mental arithmetic later and I had decided that I could save myself the €200 installation charge, plus a further €500 per year with this utility. (€39.99 one-off charge, as compared with the cost of the wireless broadband I’m waiting to get installed)

        ~ ~ Out with the old credit card, log onto the site, (http://www.onspeed.com/) and a couple of minutes (and €39.99) later I’m the proud owner of my new software utility. Oh happy days!
        It’s only a 1Mb download, so takes you no time at all to download, and it has an installation wizard that takes all the hard work out of installing it, which is very important if you happen to be technical dunce like the mad cabbie! Another couple of minutes and it’s installed, and I’m eagerly anticipating my new super fast Internet experience.

        ~ ~ OnSpeed claim to give you close to Broadband connection speeds from you existing dial-up ISP.
        Their website proclaims that with a dial-up connection you will obtain speeds of up to 5 times faster than your existing dial-up connection, 8 times faster if you are using a GPRS connection (what’s that?) and even up to 3 times faster if you already have Broadband. (Phew!)
        They reckon it will work with any Internet connection in any country, and on any PC or Mac, and, of course, you can install it yourself without the need for any expensive new technology or any engineers having to call to your house!
        This increased speed is achieved by re-routing your request to download a web page from your existing ISP’s server to their own, where they instantaneously compress the data and send it back to your computer. OK, so far so good, but does it actually work?

        ~ ~ Well, in the case of the mad cabbie, the answer is (unfortunately) a resounding NO!
        At least not to the extent that I would consider it a viable alternative to a Broadband connection, which is the way the company are marketing the product.
        When I first tried it out I can’t say I noticed any perceptible improvement on my existing connection, and my first impression was that I had somehow made some sort of stupid mistake (not unheard of) in setting it up, and that it wasn’t actually running. So I clicked again on the small icon it had placed on my desktop to load the installation wizard, only for a message to pop up stating that the utility was already running, and did I really want to uninstall and re-install it.
        So I went back to the OnSpeed home page, where they have a clever little test that checks the speed of your connection. Three tests are run; one including a picture and text, another with text only, and the last with picture only. I run the test with the OnSpeed utility enabled, and then again with it turned off. (You can turn it of using the little OnSpeed icon it loads onto your toolbar) Various tests later I was even more confused, as I received conflicting results. Some of the time the web page would load a wee bit more quickly using OnSpeed, while other times it was actually quicker when I had it disabled! I stress the words “a wee bit more quickly”. What you are talking about here (at least in my case) is an improvement from about 70 to 80k/bps to around 90k/bps at best.

        ~ ~ I then tried some other “speed tests” at pages suggested by Jilly in her review. (http://www.pcpitstop.com/internet/Bandwidth.asp and www.numion.com/YourSpeed) No difference noticeable. Again the speeds were (at best) only marginally better than I was achieving before installing OnSpeed.
        So I then tried fiddling around a little with the settings, by clicking on the little globe icon that sits on your toolbar. I reduced the quality of the images I would receive on web pages from medium (the default setting) to low quality. OnSpeed tell you this will considerably impair the quality of the pictures you receive, as they are compressed to the maximum amount possible, but that by doing this you will further improve the speed at which web pages load. Hmmmm. A slight distortion of the image quality right enough, BUT (and this is a BIG but) no noticeable improvement in the loading speed!
        Back to the speed check pages again to ensure that I wasn’t imaging things. Nope, I was right. The results were much the same as before, with variable results, and no real increase in loading speed!

        ~ ~ There are various other features that you can play around with using OnSpeed, such as blocking banner ads and pop-ups, etc. But to be totally honest, I was so disillusioned by the whole thing at this stage that I couldn’t be bothered messing around with it any further. Instead I went back to the OnSpeed homepage, clicked on the “contact us” button, and left them a message stating that I wasn’t at all pleased with the results I was obtaining, and was availing of the promise they make on their web page of an “unconditional 14 day money back guarantee”. So far I’ve had no response, but it IS the weekend, so we’ll see come Monday morning whether or not they are as good as their word. (I’ll update this review when I know)

        ~ ~ I must state here that I would seem to be in the minority when it comes to being unhappy with this utility. The OnSpeed web page has links to various reviews from some very prestigious and generally trustworthy computer magazines, newspapers, and websites that generally sing the praises of this new technology. And it would appear that both “jillmurphy” and my best friend here in Ireland are both more than happy that they have received excellent results and value for money. But I have to speak as I find, and as far as I’m concerned I won’t be cancelling the application I’ve made for a wireless broadband connection.
        Not recommended by the mad cabbie. But who knows, maybe it WILL work for you. It might just be worth a go, IF as they promise they are prepared to give you a full refund if you’re not entirely happy.

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        © KenJ October 2004

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          11.05.2001 04:33

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          09.01.2001 19:16
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          I have been using softseek.com for about a year now. They have a massive selction of free/share ware all organised in an excellent directory system. What's more helpful is the accuracy of it's seacrh facility. It lists the results with a % to how close it matches the word of phrase you originally typed in, very useful. Every download has its own page describing the program and usually has a snapshot of what the program looks like. It lists the authors name and allows you to view all the software produced by a particular author to. My favorite feature is the ability to search for just freeware, I love using that. Its good to know what licence a particular download holds before you download it. Softseek also offers a bi-weekly newsletter, listing whats new, editors picks and the top downloads. This is also useful. The site itself is very easy to use. It includes some charts, such as editors pick and most popular downloads. All in all if you like downloading freeware, try out this site, if you are a software producer softseek allow you to post your program on their site too, a good way to get your software exposed! Happy downloading! (or uploading if you are a software producer)

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          06.10.2000 07:40
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          Windrivers is a site that contains a mine of information for all computer users. As the name suggests they specialise in being a one stop place for drivers, in addition to this they also have a number of very usefull links to help files on a many computer issues. With new products finding drivers is not a problem, they are on the company website, users still have the supplied software to use. Over a time these products are superceded, the drivers and resources for these therefore become harder to find. Many manufacterers don't seem to be interested in supporting users who have produucts over a year old. Windrivers becomes indespensible here. Type in either a product name or manufacturer and various links appear to the relevant download site, these ar enot always easily accessible through the manufacturers main portal. If this fails they operate a number of forums - specific to manufacturer - where you can post your own request for information. I've used this a couple of times with good results. I always try Windrivers.com first, they normally lead to what you're lokking for.

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          16.08.2000 17:08
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          It is claimed to be the #1 resource Windows support and drivers. Most of us should have the same problems sometimes such as the driver file fo a particular hardware is malfunction, without any particular known reasons; or perhaps you wish to update your driver files for your graphic cards or sound cards, etc. you will probably (I guess about 95%) you are able to download the required driver files from this site. This site is very informative and full of resources indeed. In addition, there are almost zero broken links and the server works very fast. Furthermore, stocks information updates of some particular computing companies can be viewed here. In short, this is not only a site for you to seek and download the files you need for your Windows system.

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          17.06.2000 20:18
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          We all know how reliable Pc games are don`t we? Its part of the PC culture that a game is release unfinished or full of bugs that make it totally unplayable. What do you do look for cover mag disks with patches on or visit http://www.patches-crolls.de/index3.html This site contains hundreds and hundreds of patches for old and brand new games. The site is well designed and very easy to navigate you can list the most recent patches or view by Alphabet Letter. There are links for other machines and other operating systems including Linux. There is also a search engine on this site if you need to use it. Download speed is from good to average depending on which FTP you use I prefer the German one as it does seem to be faster than the others. At the last count I think there was around 3000 patches here so why get them anywhere else.

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