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Anybody want to explain Usenet to me like I'm seven?

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by cheesesteak, Apr 27, 2011.

  1. Mar 31, 2012 #261 of 1642
    dilorc

    dilorc Nice Guy

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    ...and when you are downloading, log into the server and run the top command. You'll see a like near the top that looks like this:

    Cpu(s): 1.5%us, 0.2%sy, 0.0%ni, 98.3%id, 0.0%wa, 0.0%hi, 0.0%si, 0.0%st

    See if the "wa" number gets high. That means that the CPU is waiting on something, usually Disk IO.
     
  2. Mar 31, 2012 #262 of 1642
    innocentfreak

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  3. Mar 31, 2012 #263 of 1642
    Malcontent

    Malcontent Aka: Smiling Bob

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    Just a FYI, both resell Highwinds usenet service. Highwinds does remove content because of DMCA take down requests. HBO, XBOX games, ect. are targeted. If you download targeted content quickly then you shouldn't have a problem. But if you wait to long or try to download old targeted content, you will run into problems.

    What some people do is get these cheap $5 unlimited Highwinds deals and then buy non expiring (one off) usenet blocks from Astraweb or Blocknews as back up servers. When they try downloading missing content from Highwinds, your usenet client downloads the missing pieces from your back up server(s) automatically.
     
  4. Mar 31, 2012 #264 of 1642
    Hoffer

    Hoffer Captain Chaos

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    I recently downloaded like 7GB for a movie that was posted over 2 years ago. This was RAR and PAR files. I had something like 99.8% of the parts needed to repair/extract the file. Such a let down.
     
  5. Mar 31, 2012 #265 of 1642
    ScottE22

    ScottE22 How YOU doin'?

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    I am relatively new to Usenet and -- since it's kinda like Fight Club -- I'm glad I found this thread...

    I'm using SuperNews which, I believe, re-sells Giganews for a significantly lower rate. I'm still paying monthly at $10 because I haven't been 100% convinced I want to keep it. I'm using SABnzbd, Sick Beard, and Couch Potato on an always-on iMac. I use the system as part of my cord-cutting set up to grab cable shows like "Storm Chasers" and "Covert Affairs." I then play the content back on my Roku via Plex.

    For relatively recent content, I have never had any issues. The downloads are lightning fast. For older stuff, yeah, same problems as mentioned before.
     
  6. Mar 31, 2012 #266 of 1642
    Malcontent

    Malcontent Aka: Smiling Bob

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    These programs are very useful if your using usenet blocks. It saves you from wasting them. Also useful in saving you time and bandwidth in general.

    NZB Download Checker

    http://www.softpedia.com/get/Internet/Other-Internet-Related/NZB-Download-Checker.shtml

    NZB Completion Checker

    http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/File-Management/NZB-Completion-Checker.shtml

     
  7. Mar 31, 2012 #267 of 1642
    crowfan

    crowfan The Dude abides

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    Grr...another one, this time a newer one, got all the way through then crapped out on repair. "Repair failed, not enough repair blocks (1725 short)."

    I'm gonna try out these tools linked above.
     
  8. Mar 31, 2012 #268 of 1642
    Malcontent

    Malcontent Aka: Smiling Bob

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    How old was the content?
     
  9. Mar 31, 2012 #269 of 1642
    crowfan

    crowfan The Dude abides

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    I just deleted it so I'm not sure, but I think it was ~400d. I'm trying yet another that's about 257d. It's much faster.
     
  10. Mar 31, 2012 #270 of 1642
    innocentfreak

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    Not sure if you are using sbanzbd or not, but if so if you click on the title in history it will tell you what failed. Sometimes it is just the nfo or preview file or some extra file that you don't need.
     
  11. Mar 31, 2012 #271 of 1642
    Malcontent

    Malcontent Aka: Smiling Bob

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    I tried downloading a couple of random NZB'S around that age from Blocknews and didn't have any issues.

    Try using SSL port 5563. Try switching to the European server. If no joy then test out non SSL ports 23, 2000, 880, 8080,9000 and see if anything changes.

    Have you tried any other usenet clients besides Sabnzbd? I'm not familiar with any clients for Mac or Linux. Try to find another client and see if you get different results. Even if you have to use a free trial period.

    You might consider shooting Blocknews support an email. They may be able to trouble shoot your problem. Their support is top notch. They answer emails on weekends.
     
  12. Apr 1, 2012 #272 of 1642
    crowfan

    crowfan The Dude abides

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    Holy crap.

    I switched SSL ports and tried a newer file and bam, it's much faster. Downloaded a gig in a couple minutes. Before it was about a half hour per gig.

    I'm going to keep playing around with the settings, but this is much better. I may still fire off a support email to check that everything is as it should be, but this is much better.

    Thanks everyone!
     
  13. Apr 1, 2012 #273 of 1642
    markz

    markz Hilarity Ensues

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    I was 1 block short on something the other day. :(
     
  14. Apr 1, 2012 #274 of 1642
    ScottE22

    ScottE22 How YOU doin'?

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    :up: :up:

    Enjoy! You'll be approaching your bandwidth cap in no time!
     
  15. Apr 3, 2012 #275 of 1642
    ScottE22

    ScottE22 How YOU doin'?

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    Have any NZBMatrix users noticed issues in the last few days with CouchPotato and SickBeard failing to "snatch" files that you know are out there?
     
  16. Apr 3, 2012 #276 of 1642
    Malcontent

    Malcontent Aka: Smiling Bob

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    API / RSS Server Issues (Updated 3.April)

    http://nzbmatrix.com/forums.php?action=viewtopic&topicid=47459&page=1

     
  17. Apr 3, 2012 #277 of 1642
    ScottE22

    ScottE22 How YOU doin'?

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    Interesting. Thanks for sharing.

    Two other questions...

    What software/processes are folks using to add metadata and convert for Apple TV? Handbrake is great for conversion, but doesn't do metadata. iFlicks is great for both but it's $20. I am now trying iVi which is $3 but requires a little more hand-holding to get the correct metadata.

    I'm also curious if anyone has tried to run their own NZB tracker using Newznab (I think that's what it's called).
     
  18. Apr 3, 2012 #278 of 1642
    ewolfr

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    nabmatrix also keeps a separate site for server/service updates here:

    http://nzbmatrix.info/
     
  19. Apr 4, 2012 #279 of 1642
    crowfan

    crowfan The Dude abides

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    I jailbroke my AppleTV, and I use aTV Flash (black) on it. That takes care of the metadata for me. I just point it toward the folder where the file is stored, and it identifies the file and shows me the correct metadata onscreen. It also has a Plex client that you can install.

    Speaking of Plex, does anyone use it with files from usenet? It's not playing the files I got from usenet, but the built-in Firecore media player plays them fine. I'd rather use Plex, but it's not working. Anyone seen this?
     
  20. Apr 4, 2012 #280 of 1642
    ScottE22

    ScottE22 How YOU doin'?

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    I use Plex to stream to two Rokus (Roki?) an iPhone, and an iPad. No issues with (most) files from Usenet as long as it's set up to transcode.

    Also looks like NZBMatrix is back in business. I woke up to a bunch of new content in my Usenet folder. :up:
     

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