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Cancel Cable: How Internet Pirates Get Free Stuff Paperback – January 24, 2011
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An essential primer on File Sharing for those not in the know.
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Chris Fehily won't exactly call [middle-class consumers] suckers, but he will show them -- as well as college students, crackers, digital anarchists and others -- the Pirate Way.
--J.D. Lasica, socialmedia.biz
If you're technology averse and want to enjoy the fruits of piracy you should find this book has great appeal.
--Moshe Reuveni, R-Views
From the Back Cover
1. The Terrain
2. Understanding BitTorrent
3. File Types
6. Installing a BitTorrent Client
7. BitTorrent Search Engines
8. Finding Torrents
9. Customizing Your Client
10. Downloading Torrents
11. Movies and TV Shows
13. Music and Spoken Word
14. Books, Documents, and Fonts
15. Applications and Games
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Top Customer Reviews
If you're an average Joe with low to middle internet skills, this book will prevent headaches, save your computer, and explain the price of gullibility. Accept as fact that internet pirates are technically savvy, and a few of them are malicious and may be a notch brighter and more experienced than you. You're an easy mark without experience. Cancel Cable provides knowledge. Chris Fehily knows his audience. People looking for something for nothing aren't likely to be cautious and skeptical, as they should be. Most of them aren't going to do the research needed to avoid the traps and false starts involved in downloading a DVD or game for free. It's easier to buy the item legally.
In sum, this book is a shortcut. It's a well-written quickstart guide similar to any number of computer books that you own or have thumbed through. The topic is a little racier, but the goal is the same: getting your computer to be more useful.
If you're not pirate material, but still want to know how pirates operate, then read this book for an explanation of the process and the very elegant technology behind it. I found the chapters that describe how this alien world works to be the most interesting.
But there is none of that in this book. It is both a primer and a quick-start guide to the world of BitTorrent piracy: why it's done, how to do it, and what the pitfalls are.
But even if you're not a 'pirate' there is a LOT of excellent information here for 'normal' PC and Mac users.
Chapter 4 about Malware is a common sense introduction to threats that alone is worth the price of this book-- the other sections on files & archives are as well.
In fact, even without the sections on piracy this would be a good book for parents to understand just what is on their children's machines and why they should be secured.
In fact: I absolutely recommend this book for parents. If your child is talking about 'Matroska files,' 'seed ratio,' 'warez' or other such Greek-- and you're wondering what these terms mean-- you need this book. Even if they aren't, their friends are. Trust me on this one.
The only downside is that this book is written in an unapologetic, direct and matter of fact tone-- like The Art of War by Sun Tzu. Despite piracy not being my favorite topic, I found it to be a very concise and refreshing read.
Make no mistake: Lawyers that deal with intellectual property, system administrators, and your 12-16 year old son/daughter already know what is in this book.
Ignorance is no excuse. I highly recommend this book.
Chris Fehily is the author of many programming and computer books. His signature style is direct, simple, and succinct. When you need a working example (instead of a theoretical explanation) one appears; same goes for graphics. And you can't beat the price. Happy downloading!
This P2P stuff is more complicated that I had realized, especially if you're doing battle with your ISP (I have one of the "bad" ones), and I haven't had the energy and courage to actually tackle torrents (I'll continue waiting a few weeks and watching movies on Netflix with zero hassle). The plaintive cries for assistance on the vuze.com and utorrent.com forums were enough to convince me that I was probably going to find this more frustrating than fun. But I suspect the book does give a reasonably tech-oriented person enough grounding to get started in this field, especially since it gives lots of links to places to find help. And even without downloading a thing, I felt that I got my money's worth from the book: it was amazing to discover just what's out there, and how this whole business works.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So, this book tells you what a bittorrent is, it tells you how to get multimedia for free, saves you money from canceling services like Netflix and cable? You bought the book? Read morePublished 19 months ago by no thank you
I was hoping for a little more then just instructions on using torrents to watch television shows. Things like alternative ways to watch shows or ways to get cable channels a la... Read morePublished on September 16, 2013 by Kendo
It's an interesting but very technical. I read it and still have no idea what it said. What I did take away from it, is if you get into this stuff, you open yourself up to hackers,... Read morePublished on January 5, 2013 by Linda in MO
This is a devastating how-to to share information that we could originally share anyway.
I was amused that it was difficult to get a publisher. Read more
This is decent. It is not as complete as I would like but it is decent. Very direct and to the point about what you can get free and where to find it.Published on June 9, 2011 by Michael Beloved