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I finally got enabled into torrenting a few months ago. Everyone told me to stay away from this place or that place, and stick to Mininova. I was fine with that because I found most of what I was looking for there. Now, however, Mininova is gone. And I'm lost in cyberspace because I don't really know what's good out there. People basically put the fear of god in me about just generally searching around. And I know demonoid is still gone.

So, where to go, where to go? Are there places you frequent that don't require a sekrit handshake (or if they do, can you teach me the handshake?)? I have never been all that great with this stuff.

Thank you to all the people who gave me LJ snowflake cookies. Wow, I thanked a few people last night and then today woke up to a metric ton of them, and it was super sweet and made me feel really happy. I heart you guys.

Someday, when I get some more energy (I've been sick off and on for the past week, something that kind of scares me a little, but I'm trying to just wait it out), I have a bunch of stuff to write about teevee, but that will have to wait.

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koalathebear
Dec. 8th, 2009 09:07 am (UTC)
Hi
I have a few posts on that topic :D

http://koalathebear.livejournal.com/1232299.html
http://koalathebear.livejournal.com/1240000.html

This article was also helpful: http://lifehacker.com/5415321/ten-alternatives-to-mininova - Monova is good but beware of the porny ads :P

gwyn_r
Dec. 10th, 2009 05:13 am (UTC)
Oh, awesome, thank you! I admit, one of the things I liked about Mininova was the absence of super porny ads.
shmuel
Dec. 8th, 2009 11:13 am (UTC)
I don't know if you're interested in specifically British torrents, but if you are, thebox.bz is pretty amazing. (But it does require paying attention to your ratio, especially when starting out. It's not actually hard to keep it in the clear, though... best bet is to pounce on and seed some of the free soap opera episodes as soon as they're posted, to build up credit.)
gwyn_r
Dec. 10th, 2009 05:15 am (UTC)
Oh, good to know. I tried a sekrit place today that has a similiar issue, but I'm finding that I can't configure to be connected. I've wasted way too much time on it, so I think I will find alternatives, and this is good to know about.
kirbyfest
Dec. 8th, 2009 11:53 am (UTC)
Email me.
flatlanddan
Dec. 8th, 2009 12:38 pm (UTC)
There are indeed ways. If you're still looking, flatlanddan AT gmail DOT com. They'll kill me if I teach you the secret handshake in public...
gwyn_r
Dec. 10th, 2009 05:15 am (UTC)
They know where you are...
vchrusch
Dec. 8th, 2009 01:08 pm (UTC)
You're not the only one who discovered that Mininova sort of disappeared. Isohunt is a good alternative for the time being.
belmanoir
Dec. 8th, 2009 03:25 pm (UTC)
Isohunt's the one I use and I've had good luck with it.
gwyn_r
Dec. 10th, 2009 05:16 am (UTC)
Fabu, thanks both of you!
greenpear
Dec. 8th, 2009 01:32 pm (UTC)
The no secret handshake place it google.

Say you're looking for Charlie Jade episodes. Type in "Charlie Jade rapidshare" or "Charlie Jade megaupload" or whatever.

Then it's only a matter of panning through everything to find what you want. Sometimes it's a hassle but I've found nearly everything I've looked for.
ixchel55
Dec. 8th, 2009 02:04 pm (UTC)
I've always had very good luck with isohunt and piratebay. Also there's tvtorrents which I've used for years and never had any problems with. You have to sign up, which in a way is good because it means that not just anyone can go rummaging about. They start you off with 1GB of credit for downloading and the only thing you have to do to build your credit is seed back. They're only TV shows - old, new, American, British.

Also, no torrents but very handy is tvshare. People upload shows onto servers like Megaupload. They're very good about taking requests, too.
slavelabour
Dec. 8th, 2009 02:11 pm (UTC)
{hugs} Feel better!
merryish
Dec. 8th, 2009 02:12 pm (UTC)
Emailed you! :)
carbonel
Dec. 8th, 2009 03:06 pm (UTC)
My favorite place, now that Demonoid is gone (possibly to return), is Fenopy.com. It has feelthy peektures, but seems to be otherwise reliable.

I really miss Demonoid, though.
elynross
Dec. 9th, 2009 11:18 pm (UTC)
Man, me, too. Best place I've found for ebook torrents. :(
ninasis
Dec. 8th, 2009 03:39 pm (UTC)
I go to torrentz.com and search for what I'm looking for, and get a list of torrent sites that are offering the file. They break the results down by publicly available sites and those requiring registration/membership so I can avoid the latter. It's never steered me wrong in the years I've been using it.
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gwyn_r
Dec. 10th, 2009 05:17 am (UTC)
Hey, so I'm not the last person to know! ;-) Yeah, sadly, they lost in court. Wah.
shmuel
Dec. 21st, 2009 01:20 am (UTC)
Just in time for Christmas, Demonoid is back! Old logins work, if you have one... if you don't, I think I can hook you up with an invite code.
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