If things happen the way they have in the past, Doctor Who should air on March 22nd or 23rd, the Saturday before Easter in the UK. The new season will probably air, hopefully like it did this year, a week after the final episode of the new season.
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From: Dean L. Kaufman <deanlkaufman@...
Sent: Saturday, December 1, 2007 3:22:03 PM
Subject: [torchwood] File Sharing - What Is It? - #1
24 more days and there is a brand new Doctor Who story.
Some time in January, the BBC starts airing the uncut new season of
January 26th, BBC America starts airing the edited new Torchwood
episodes. Many people here have BBC America.
In March or April 2008, will be the new season of Doctor Who.
You can wait to see the Doctor Who Christmas in mid or late 2008 on
the Sci Fi Channel. You can wait until 2009 or 2010 to see the Doctor
Who Christmas special on BBC America when they list it as a new
The new season of Doctor Who slated for 2008 will probably not air on
Sci Fi until July or later.
You read the posts here about James Marsters up against Captain Jack
or the thrilling moment when Donna Noble finally tracks the Doctor
down again or you can see it yourself.
By the way, Sci Fi butchered the episodes of Doctor Who from the last
season. Buy the DVD set and see all the things that will never be
shown on Sci Fi.
If you sincerely want to see these episodes as close to the time of
airing as possible, then you need to learn the basics about file
The most important part of file sharing is the word "sharing". If you
get into file sharing, it is important that you keep the computer you
are using on for extended periods of time.
For whatever reason, there are people out there who do not like to
miss their favorite television shows. If their VCR or digital video
recorder fails, waiting for repeats does not work as well anymore
because sometimes the first showing is your only chance to see the
Word has it that NBC is very close to canceling "Journeyman" , If you
miss an episode, you may have thought there are no options for seeing
that particular episode. There are those who call file sharing
piracy. I call it a sign of the times as to how technology is
changing and shaping our lives.
If I download the new Torchwood season and hand out DVD's to friends
who like it, I am helping to spread the word about the show. I start
charging people to get those DVD's, I am infringing on the copyrights
of the BBC.
Here is a checklist of what you will need to start file sharing.
You need a a computer with a great deal of free hard drive space which
you will be filling up with material you download.
You should have DSL on your computer because dial-up will take forever
to download something.
If your computer is noisy and will make it hard to sleep if you are in
same room with it, you need to relocate your computer to another room.
You need a DVD writing drive on your computer, hopefully with
the "Nero" DVD burning program, Nero Vision and Nero Smart Start tpo
make data DVD's.
You need blank writeable DVD's that are hopefully DVD+R on them.
You need jewel cases to put the new DVD's you have made into safe
You should have speakers on your computer so you can hear what you
You should have your own DVD player hooked up to your TV set to watch
what you have burned.
I am going to assume that many here are going to want to download the
Doctor Who Christmas special "Voyage of the Damned".
To download TV shows and other things, it is also important not to
download any movies from any site or you could get a bill from a movie
studio wanting to be paid back what they feel you owe them. Leave
things to TV shows that go over the airwaves. If you want a copy
of "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince", wait until it comes out
officially on DVD.
The most important part of downloading is having a very good download
manager. There are many out there, but the best is Azureus. You can
get a free download of it at azureus.sourceforge .net/download. php
Azureus, represented by a dark blue frog icon, controls what you are
downloading and what you have already downloaded.
You now have Azureus on your computer. The files it downloads are for
the most part in a data format called bit torrents. The best way to
describe a bit torrent is to compare it to a jigsaw puzzle.
With a jigsaw puzzle, you have a finite amount of pieces. When you
assemble all the pieces, you have what appears to be on the box.
Azureus takes the program that is up on a file sharing site and breaks
it down into jigsaw pieces called bit torrents, reassmebling them in a
file on your hard drive.
The first top of the screen on Azureus has many drop down menus.
Below that is a section that shows what you are currently downloading.
It will tell you the file name of what you are downloading. It will
tell you the total size of the file that you are trying to get. File
sizes are in MB and GB sizes. GB files will take up far more room on
your hard drive and a DVD than other MB files.
The next part is a running track of how much of the file you have
The next column is the percentage of what is done so far of the
download. A download at 98.6% is porbably going to finish in a few
The next column is the down speed of the download. The fastr the
speed, the faster you have the file. The more people who have the
download already are known as seeders. Trying to get the file
identifies you as a leecher or a peer. The more seeders online with
the file you want, hopefully the faster your download will be. The
less people seeding may take your download way longer than you might
The next column is the up speed. Just because you don't have the
whole file yet does not mean that others like you want that file
also. Up speed is a way of indicating to you that others are grabbing
the jigsaw pieces of the file you have so far because Azureus knows
you have those pieces. Up speed will become more important later.
The next column is ETA (estimated time of arrival). That tells you a
rought approximation of when it is hours, days or minutes until you
have the entire file.
The next column is status of download. Some sites may make you wait
until you can get a file until a waiting time of a set amount of hours
has passed. If the status is "downloading" , then you are in good
The next column is seeds. This tells you how many people are online
with the pieces of the puzzle that you need. You can't see the big
picture until you have all the pieces. If there are no numbers there,
the person could have shut their computer down or figured nobody
wanted the file. Even for people stuck at 99.8%, the download will
finish one day.
The next column is for peers. Those are people who like you want the
Doctor Who Christmas special. The more people that want it, the
longer it may potentailly take to arrive gift wrapped on your hard
drive in a manner of speaking.
The next column is for tracker status that will give you error
messages if something is wrong with the download. If it mentions that
waiting time is in effect, you have no real recourse until those
amount of hours have passed. At that time, your download will begin
That concludes things for the top portion of Azureus which control the
downloads. The next part of the screen deals with the completed files
you have downloaded.
The next segment of this post will occur when I sit down to write it.
All for now.
Dean L. Kaufman
Laguna Woods, CA
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