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MST3K Torrents: Specimen Jackpot!
A couple years ago I toyed with eDonkey and the Digital Archive Project as a means to collecting MST3K episodes. Turns out eDonkey is widely and rightly regarded to be a terrible piece of software, and the episodes weren’t well-seeded, so that went nowhere, and I opted to rip a low-quality ShoutCast channel for a couple dozen episodes.
Today, reminded of DAP by this comment at Lifehacker, and aided by a search on Demonoid.com, I was led to this page at The Pirate Bay, with links to torrents for every known available episode, all high-quality and all fairly well-seeded.
Setting up a BitTorrent Tracker
So I’ve spent the last couple days trying frantically to get a BitTorrent tracker installed, mostly for the use of my internet acquaintances, their friends, and my friends. Really just a dedicated alternative to YouSendIt and all those other bullshit file sending sites that always have one catch or another.
So, just as a test, I installed OpenTracker, a bare-bones tracker that has no interface, just an announce url. It worked, to my amazement, with minimal effort, but the fact that anybody with the announce url could use it bothered me, and the idea of having searches and invites and requests and all the other bells and whistles of ‘real’ torrent trackers was too tempting and, I felt, within my reach.