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Is 'illegal downloading' an actual crime in the UK?

I live in the US and have followed the RIAA/MPAA suits closely. Over the years I have heard British news agencies report such-and-such as being charged with illegal downloading and wondered if that were even possible. [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher on Jun 27, 2014 - 4 answers

Networking (maybe?) our Macs

My wife and I use Macs, iOS devices, and Apple networking gear. We're thinking about sharing the desk where my Mac Pro is; as a result, if she needs the desk, and I need a computer, I'd have to use her MacBook Pro. What's the best way to network our computers so that we could do our work from whatever computer we're using, have music and/or programs available, etc.? Some details inside. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Nov 1, 2013 - 6 answers

Setting up LAN & WLAN Homegroup-ed computers in Win7

How do I set up my desktop and laptops so that they can all see each other's network folders, in Win7, when some are on a wired connection and some are on a wireless connection? [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Sep 16, 2013 - 9 answers

Making HFS+ volume available to Windows 8

What is the best way to access an HFS+ volume from a Windows 8 PC? [more inside]
posted by zainsubani on Jun 3, 2013 - 6 answers

Explain NAS and file servers to me like I'm five years old. And dim.

I currently have a tangle of external drives hooked to my HTPC. Serving that stuff via UPnP is okay, but I'd like to move my files to a separate device that would then be able to make them available to a motley assortment of devices. Thing is, I'm woefully ignorant about networking and file sharing, having never so much as set up a shared Windows folder. I need help coming up with a game plan. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Mar 31, 2013 - 12 answers

Digital Asset Management / Sharing System

Looking for suggestions and recommendations for a way to share files with customers, contractors and satellite offices. I inherited an old website from 2007 that is used to post creative assets such as AI and PSD files for download. Posting new items is a manual process, requiring us to make thumbnails and manually adding links to the files. [more inside]
posted by nedpwolf on Mar 12, 2013 - 3 answers

State of Bittorrent in 2013

What's a quality Bittorrent site in 2013? Demonoid is down, and TPB has no focus on quality. My interests are in film and music, with an experimental bent.
posted by dunkadunc on Jan 19, 2013 - 22 answers

Any way to suppress the "Windows cannot access \\machine\share" error message?

Is there any way to disable the "Windows cannot access \\machine\share" messages that pop up when a network connection disappears? [more inside]
posted by deo rei on Sep 25, 2012 - 7 answers

Just a basic download link, please!

Please explain modern file sharing (do I even mean that?) "in the cloud" to me as if I were 6 (or 86)! But first, let me tell you what I need. I'm sure it's very simpleā€¦ [more inside]
posted by dpcoffin on Apr 4, 2012 - 16 answers

Collaborating at Work

There are all types of ways to collaborate on files at work. Our school has the typical networked file share, but it seems that sort of thing is going the way of the dodo. We can't support something like Dropbox since our internet pipe is too small. And something like Google Docs only works for a subset of what we do. What sort of file sharing/collaborating/check in systems do you like? What could you see working for a business or school?
posted by parallax7d on Mar 8, 2012 - 5 answers

User-friendly way to share large video files?

User-friendly way to share large video files? [more inside]
posted by vers on Nov 4, 2011 - 9 answers

Server vs. file sharing

What's the difference between setting up a Mac OS X server and turning on file sharing on a regular Mac? [more inside]
posted by hapticactionnetwork on Sep 22, 2011 - 7 answers

File sharing from an old Mac to iPhone

I have an old MacBook (purchased in 2007) running OS X 10.4.11. I have a new Verizon iPhone running 4.2.10. Is there a way I can share/send a PDF from my MacBook to my iPhone without Internet? [more inside]
posted by bluedaisy on Aug 23, 2011 - 11 answers

How can I cover my filesharing tracks?

How can I cover my filesharing tracks? [more inside]
posted by Kale Slayer on Jul 7, 2011 - 9 answers

I thought I understood file sharing

I use file sharing to trade info between a couple of computers in my home and I'm not confident that I had it configured correctly. Is there any way kind of "log" in OS X that will tell if some sneak has been accessing my files? [more inside]
posted by bonobothegreat on Jul 1, 2011 - 10 answers

Help me pick a way to share essays online with classmates

I'm a college student looking for a way for to pool essays with 20-30 of my classmates in preparation for finals. We've tried emailing, but it got unwieldy very quickly. Are there any good sites/easy to use cloud-based services out there which might fit the bill? I've looked at Dropbox but would prefer a method where we don't have to download specific software.
posted by emergent on May 18, 2011 - 12 answers

Torrent-filter

Realistically, how risky is downloading movies, music, tv shows, software, etc from bit torrent? [more inside]
posted by AceRock on Jan 21, 2011 - 31 answers

I'm about to shoot my beautifully designed Lacie black box in frustration.

Is is REALLY possible to share an external harddrive over an xp network? [more inside]
posted by Sallysings on Dec 21, 2010 - 8 answers

Video sharing for 2 dummies

I am a somewhat tech-literate adult wishing to share some video of my son with my non tech-literate mom. I've looked at vimeo and dropbox and had no success with either. Vimeo had a "problem" uploading my 3 minute video, and dropbox adds it to my desktop folder, but when I go to dropbox.com it says the folder is empty. Should I keep trying with one of these programs, or is there an easier way for me to upload and for her to watch? Thank you, all.
posted by aimeedee on Nov 21, 2010 - 12 answers

How to password protect a linked file?

I need to send an MP3 music file to a number of email addresses. I want to do this by directing people to a download on a web link, rather than emailing the (large) file direct. I also want to be able to password-protect the file in that link (either the file or the link), so the music doesn't get passed around beyond the list of recipients. Does anyone know of any good resources for this? Thanks, oh wise ones.
posted by Conductor71 on Aug 17, 2010 - 10 answers

Box.net or DropBox open source alternatives?

Is there an open source / free version of something like Box.net or DropBox? My needs are simple: the ability to password protect folders, and a web interface to download it. Is this something that "comes with" OpenFiler or similar product? [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Aug 13, 2010 - 18 answers

Sharing files, tracking downloaders

I'm looking for a good way to share files with my clients that average about 20-25 MB each. While I've seen a number of (excellent) recommendations, like drop.io, I haven't been able to find one with this feature: Tracking which people download the file. I'd be okay if users had to create accounts, or if it was tracked by click-through from email links. But it must be private and allow user tracking.
posted by scottso17 on Jul 19, 2010 - 7 answers

Restrict windows fileshare by IP or hostname?

Is it possible with Windows server in a domain setting to restrict file shares by IP of the clients? [more inside]
posted by splice on Jul 19, 2010 - 23 answers

sharing a file online

Where can I post a file online so that I can link to it in a way that others can click that link, then view the file? Similar to photobucket, except with a Word or PDF document... [more inside]
posted by Salvatorparadise on Jun 28, 2010 - 7 answers

File sharing borked

Why is file sharing in Mac OS X 10.5.8 suddenly flaking out on me? [more inside]
posted by ocha-no-mizu on Apr 21, 2010 - 4 answers

How to get large files from relative strangers without hassle?

I need various people to send me largish files (wav files). I have a web site (hosted with Dreamhost) and Expression Engine if either of those helps. More inside the more inside. [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Mar 8, 2010 - 13 answers

How can we choose the interface for file sharing in OS X 10.5.8?

How can we choose the interface for file sharing in OS X 10.5.8? [more inside]
posted by rollo tomassi on Feb 17, 2010 - 10 answers

The Past Decade's Changes in the Music Industry

Do you think this is a good overview of the changes in the music business in the last 10 years (for someone like me, who could charitably be called a non-musician)? Do you recommend other sources?
posted by manos_frias on Dec 8, 2009 - 3 answers

How to get my large file from here to there?

How to privately share a large set of files with a large club? Having trouble getting bittorrent to work. [more inside]
posted by vegetableagony on Oct 13, 2009 - 6 answers

Making Money from P2P File sharing!

Do you know of any attempts to monetize peer-to-peer file sharing? That is to say if a user is sharing a file, she gets compensated for uploading bits of the file? I'm interested in knowing who's looking in to it and what kind of success they may have had.
posted by storybored on Aug 20, 2009 - 14 answers

I need to host lan torrents for a lanparty coming up.

I'm looking at an efficient way to distribute large files to multiple computers over my lan, I need to know how to do this and whats involved. I was thinking that since I have a dedicated server in my home that hosting the files via private lan'd bit torrent would be the weapon of choice as the file transfer speed increases exponentially. My server is running a version of ubuntu so whatever software I will need must run in ubuntu. The clients downloading the files will probably be running windows boxes so Utorrent can be used and would be preferred. Are there any specific things that I need to turn on in Utorrent to do this via lan or will it essentially be seamless as long as the tracker is my server? [more inside]
posted by Chamunks on Jun 17, 2009 - 11 answers

Simple, but less ugly way to present items in an online folder?

I'm sharing files by dropping them into a folder in my public_html folder. Is there an easy way to generate a tasteful, simple front-end that's more appealing than the standard web-browser's text list? [more inside]
posted by huron on Mar 28, 2009 - 9 answers

Linux Shares: SMB or NFS?

Which is the better way to share Linux folders with Vista and OS X: SMB or NFS? [more inside]
posted by fatbird on Mar 25, 2009 - 12 answers

How safe is P2P?

How worried should I be about the recent rash of stories in the mainstream media about P2P software being used to commit identity theft? [more inside]
posted by The Ardship of Cambry on Mar 2, 2009 - 9 answers

A question about corporate file sharing.

My friend runs a small company that is growing. They're starting to run into file-sharing problems (versioning, archiving, etc.). Laboring under the bizarre belief that I know something about this stuff, my friend has asked for my help. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Jan 14, 2009 - 15 answers

Sharing network drives through a firewall

How can I securely share files on a Windows server behind a firewall with remote users ? [more inside]
posted by SteveInMaine on Dec 17, 2008 - 8 answers

Easiest way to set up a 'fake' torrent tracker?

I need to create a website for a fake invite-only torrent community to feature in a short movie centering around said community. What's the easiest way to set up a customizable tracker? [more inside]
posted by JMB1138 on Sep 29, 2008 - 2 answers

Help my mac and pc files get along!

mac files show up on pc but can't use - won't show up at all on mac. What to do? [more inside]
posted by katyjack on Sep 5, 2008 - 11 answers

Private file sharing over LAN

Computer 1 (XP SP2) and Computer 2 (XP) are connected to a router. I want to transfer and manipulate files from one on the other. I don't want to use File and Print Sharing. Any solutions? [more inside]
posted by daksya on Aug 2, 2008 - 12 answers

How many hard drives does it take, before WinXP can see them?

External hard showing "weird". Better known as, sharing an external/portable hard drive between osx and winxp. [more inside]
posted by jadepearl on Jun 23, 2008 - 10 answers

How can I resume file sharing wirelessly between a Mac and a PC after the Mac has returned from sleep mode?

Can anyone help me figure out how to resume file sharing capabilities between my MacBook Pro and my Windows Vista PC after my 'Book has been in Sleep mode? [more inside]
posted by newfers on May 2, 2008 - 2 answers

Sambafilter

Issue with Samba (on Ubuntu) file sharing and ownership of files. How do I set it so the ordinary user will not take ownership when saving over a file? (more details inside) [more inside]
posted by ijoyner on Feb 13, 2008 - 1 answer

File sharing really to blame for record industry decline?

Looking for data on alternative causes for the mainstream music industry's declining fortunes. [more inside]
posted by nanojath on Jan 29, 2008 - 21 answers

How to give others access to a folder on my computer?

What's the easiest way for me to host files for friends to download directly off my computer? I'm running Ubuntu 7.10. [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints on Jan 23, 2008 - 29 answers

Ghost bit-torrent tracker

How do torrents work? [more inside]
posted by daksya on Jan 12, 2008 - 6 answers

Has anyone ever been sued for downloading music?

Has anyone ever been sued for downloading music? [more inside]
posted by squarehead on Dec 31, 2007 - 25 answers

Filesharing between two computers

Syncing music between two computers help! Here's the setup... [more inside]
posted by bsexton on Oct 26, 2007 - 7 answers

Windows network permission issues (access denied)

Serverfilter: My office is in the process of migrating to Windows Server 2003 for Fileserving. We constantly have issues with newly created files. Whenever they are placed on the server by a user, the immediately lose rights to do anything with the file. All other users attempting to access the files are also denied. This is just beyond frustrating. Any ideas what is happening and how to fix it? [more inside]
posted by ijoyner on Aug 30, 2007 - 11 answers

DAM the torpedo.pdfs!

Digital Asset Management. I'm looking for a web based solution that archives and stores files, but I don't need full on project management. [more inside]
posted by Salmonberry on Jul 31, 2007 - 5 answers

Network reachable, but (Suddenly) file sharing stops working. Any thoughts?

My home network isn't cooperating. It worked fine for months, and then, unexpectedly (after a day of bad electricity (I hate my power company)), it isn't. [more inside]
posted by TrueVox on Jul 17, 2007 - 15 answers

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