Thursday, 12 October 2017

The Missing Post

If you've been following the events of this blog over the last day or so, you'll be aware that I deleted a whole post in a bit of a late-night panic when some Mega takedown notices hit my inbox.  After trying to work the [artist redacted] Zippy links back into the NWW post, not only did they all get zapped by Zippy but the NWW link went down too.

This is all getting slightly worrying, so I've decided to delete all references to [artist redacted] from the NWW post.  Unfortunately (and perhaps I'm just being overly paranoid) I've also deleted a really nice comment from that post, as it mentioned [artist redacted] by name.  Apologies for that, futurepyramid - I really appreciated your comment.

Oh well... to cheer myself up, I've worked up a post of one of my favourite 80s electronic records for Friday.  Won't be using Mega for the foreseeable future - apologies to anyone who preferred downloading from the Mega links.  If the Zippy link gets zapped from Friday's post, I don't really know where to go from there - maybe just take a break for a bit.

Thanks again for all your downloads, comments & follows - makes it all worthwhile.

AB

15 comments:

  1. Totally get that. (Album) is really great, and totally blew me away when I first heard it. I can't recommend people get it enough.

    Also, while I've got you, can I shoot you an email? Monk's 100th was just the other day and I thought you might dig Hal Willner's tribute album

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    1. cheers MD - sgtgblog79 at gmail dot com

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  2. You could also try shortening/abbreviating names in the actual file, like instead of "Fuzzy Kittens - The Kittening EP (2099)" the zip/rar would be titled "FzzyKttn-KttngEP2099." Also, not sure if blogspot does this, but another potential option would be a 'secret' blog that would require an invite and/or password. I recall another blog did this with a forum.

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    1. Any pointers to how Zippy links work? When I follow them to the site, *everything* I click on brings up spam, none related to the supposed item. How do we tell which of the blizzard of noise on their pages are the actual working links?

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    2. Fuzzy Kittens sounds good! ;) I did that once for a Van Morrison post that got repeatedly zapped, might start making a habit of it. Would ideally want to stay public for the time being, until I've been around a bit longer - Opium Hum or Cun Cun could feasibly go private and they're well enough established that it would pay off, but reckon it's too early for SGTG.

      Will address Zippy in a separate comment below.

      cheers
      A

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  3. In my experience, you're right - zippy throws up heaps of spam and things claiming your computer is now infected. Very frustrating. However it does work if you quickly close any windows that pop up. The orange 'download now' button on the right side of the screen is the one to click, though sometimes you need to do it a couple of times (along with closing those pesky pop-ups) before it gives the download. In IE a bar comes up on the bottom of the screen asking if you want to save or open the file.

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    1. Agree with all of this - Zippy can have an annoying amount of pop-ups, but very few are in any way malicious. Most current anti-malware software (I use MBAM) can ensure nothing nasty ever gets through.

      I've always preferred using Zippy for the lack of waiting times, and quick download speeds. Appreciate that Mega is much 'cleaner' tho, so will probably just take a short break from them for a week or so, then hope that the heat's died down and go back to business as usual.

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  4. Your blog is totally great. Every morning I check to see what's on here. We like so many similar things that when I see something I don't know, I know I will like it.

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    1. Many thanks Zagzig, much appreciated. :)

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  5. Thanks for your Blog! Great curation, and did bits.

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  6. Don't know what any of you people complaining about Zippy are doing. Never had a single (initial) pop-up from them, ever. NEVER direct click ANYTHING you don't have to. Right click and save target as whenever possible. Sometimes you might have to work through a screen or two on some hosts to get there - but you WILL get there eventually. And all of those "your computer is now infected" deals that momentarily lock up your system are completely bogus. Close the browser and you're fine.

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    1. I think it all depends what OS different people use, how up to date their antivirus of choice is, etc. Malwarebytes catches anything dodgy for me, and as you say bog-standard popups are a pain but can be easily closed. Right click & save is good advice too.

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  7. It's a general clampdown. They do this periodically. There was a HUGE clampdown back around 2011. A lot of data lockers went out of business and was the reason Mr. Mega moved to Kiwiland. There's another surge like that going on, but this time it's a bit blunted.
    Streaming is taking away a lot of the interest in downloading files. The IP mafia are figuring this out and so they do these clampdowns. This will blow over.

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