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, 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.

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