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Let’s face it: save for daily classes and schoolwork, college students have a lot of down time to entertain themselves. Walking through the halls of any freshmen dorm, it is not uncommon to see kid after kid staring intensely at their laptop with headphones plugged in.
On campus, streaming media is the only possible way to enjoy music and movies without feeling the looming presence of giant corporations breathing down your neck for pirating their files.
This can be avoided easily by Google searching “proxy sites” and clicking your way through the available links.
Proxies mask your I.P. address, allowing you to access material that could have previously been blocked due to your internet provider (i.e. living on a college campus!) Once you move off campus and are hooked up to your local internet provider however, the freedom to stock up your hard-drive with high quality movies can be daunting. Never fear, your savior is here.
First, you will need a program that can download the sizeable files necessary to watch movies. For both Mac and Windows users your best choice is uTorrent; it bears a striking resemblance to LimeWire and will seem immediately familiar once you begin using it.(http://www.utorrent.com/)
Once you have the program installed, you can start prowling the internet for torrent sites. This can be exhausting, as there are countless sites and links that can lead you to either dead ends, or worse, nasty viruses. A personal recommendation, there are three sites you should utilize: KickAssTorrents.com, ThePirateBay.org, and IsoHunt.com.
Each of them offer insurmountable options for files, the secret to choosing the right one is in the title of the file and the comments provided by other users. Look for keywords such as “DivX,” “DvD rip,” or “XViD”; these are all markers for high quality, worthwhile downloads. It goes without saying, if the majority of commenters say the file is poor quality and not worth it, then chances are they’re right.
Once you’ve made your choice, click “Download Torrent” and follow the prompts that come up from uTorrent (pick and choose files, file destination, etc.) If you’re stuck after reading this and don’t know what to download, allow me to make a suggestion.( In fact, I’ll be back as much as possible with other suggestions of movies and shows to search for.)
Today, I recommend HBO’s stark drama, Six Feet Under.
The show ran five seasons on the premium channel, notably launching the television career of Michael C. Hall, who you may know from a little series called “Dexter” (if you don’t know that, get out from under your rock and download “Dexter” as well). Six Feet Under follows the Fisher family and their misadventures running the family-owned funeral parlor that operates within their house. Although it is mainly about the characters and their interactions with one another, the content deals more with the difficult issue of death and handling grief. The only trying aspect of the series is dealing with the heavy subject matter. However, watching this show should be mandatory for everyone as it offers numerous religious and philosophical views on death that will forever change your opinion on the matter.
Now that you know how to download (and have a basic suggestion), it’s time to go out there and start stocking up that hard-drive.
Check back later next week for more suggestions, good luck and remember, it’s not illegal until you get caught. Cheers!
Disclaimer: SumoSkinny does not advocate or endorse the illegal pirating of media files through the internet. (We are just showing you.. it's possible). The views in this piece are solely those of the author, offering a user’s walkthrough to navigating the twisted paths of the web in order to satiate one’s desire for downloading movies, music and television shows.
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