Google Torrent Search

22 04 2009

Pirate FlagToday I stumbled upon an article >>> about Google now having a torrent tracker. This is particularly interesting to me, since Google is a very renowned company with a great reputation for doing things well, time after time. Given the history of P2P file sharing to attract file privacy lawsuits, this might be considered an edgy act on Google’s part from the sue-happy entertainment industry. I’m not completely familiar with what people can sue over as far as file piracy is concerned, but Google isn’t providing the actual torrent files to users of their torrent search engine. Because of this, I would think that nothing could really happen to Google as far as a possible lawsuit is concerned. They are simply providing a service that shows users where such files are located, and takes them to those places via links.  Apparently the Google torrent search works better than most that are out there do. If the Pirate Bay (very popular torrent site for those unknowing) >>> gets shut down as a result of the lawsuit(s) against them (keep in mind that is in Sweden, not the US), would Google become the next option to find torrents?

You can utilize Google’s torrent searching capabilities here >>> or alternatively (slightly different appearance) here >>>

For comparison purposes, I decided to pit Google’s torrent search against the Pirate Bay’s:

Round 1 – Music – Search Text:  “Flo Rida”

Google torrent search results: Over 84,600,000 (41 pages of “refined” results, and many omitted results not included.  Many links to Flo Rida’s new album R.O.O.T.S.  Though I must admit, there are many irrelevant results mixed in – ex. things about the state Florida and not the popular artist.  Also, Google allows you to refine a search further after searching initially)

Pirate Bay results: 772 (with a couple that have torrents pertaining to his new album, mixed in with other albums of the same artist and other somewhat irrelevant results)

Verdict1:  Google wins hands down.  The numbers speak for themselves.  While the results may be pretty similar between the two, the option Google gives you to further narrow down a search is invaluable when combined with that many results.

Round 2 – Movies – Search text:  “Watchmen”

Google torrent search results: Over 14,700,000 (Same case as before – many omitted results not included.  Many links to pirated camera versions of the film, and I also found a couple that claimed to torrent a digital version of the original graphic novel)

Pirate Bay results: 53 (many are just vaguely titled “Watchmen”, and some torrents don’t give much of a description.  That might be intentional vagueness for the people putting it out there.  There don’t appear to be any links to possible pirated movies, but there are many that torrent high quality trailers for the movie, as well as torrents for the graphic novel.)

Verdict2:  Once again, Google slaughtered the competition.  I do give Pirate Bay a small victory though in that it was a bit easier to find out what exactly each torrent contained, due to the labels they give a torrent -ex. One label is “Other – Comics”

Round 3 – Software – Search text:  “Adobe Photoshop”

Google torrent search results: 13,700,000 (many torrents that look like they lead to cracked versions of the program with the same name.  Many versions of the program come up in the results, including Photoshop CS3, as well as key generators to activate incomplete or trial versions of the program.)

Pirate Bay results: 937 (pretty much the same deal as what Google turned up, but with less numbers.  Once again, it is easier for me to find things based off of the labels.)

Verdict3:  Shocker – Google wins yet again due to the outstanding amount of results.

Winner: Google, easily.  They have PirateBay beat in almost every aspect when it comes to finding torrents.  Although PirateBay has been around for awhile, Google has enough power/resources/reputation that all they have to do is implement something new to what they already have.  If this were a fighting match, it’d be like putting a lightweight champion (PirateBay) vs.  a completely ferocious up and coming heavyweight (Google).  The end result is a total KO.  While the lightweight may tag around for a while and achieve small ground, the big guy can always win just through the sheer power he can dish out.  Give that big guy 2x the speed and intelligence, and you end up with what Google has here.





Tweet Tweet

9 04 2009

Seeing how many of my friends, acquaintences, and other people I know have recently gotten invlolved with a social networking website by the name Twitter >>>, I decided i’d check into it myself.  Registering for Twitter was extremely simple, requiring very few input fields for personal information.  I proceeded to upload a picture that I had taken with the camera on my laptop, and then got to searching for some people I knew already had Twitter.

The concept is very simple –  you just post whatever you are doing at the moment, or whatever comes up.  It then receives and transmits this information with other people that are deemed “followers” and “following”.

So far, my favorite feature of Twitter is the compatibility it offers with Facebook and mobile devices.  Simply by providing my cell number and getting the Twitter app on Facebook, I can now send a text from my slightly outdated Motorola Razor to Twitter, which then updates Twitter, which then updates my status on Facebook.  Talk about ease of access.  I can’t do much with my cell phone besides call and text, but now I have at least one more capability.  The ability to update my status may not seem to be the most useful of tools, but I could see this kind of thing getting implemented more with newer devices and technologies.  If anything else this could be used to quickly relay information to others in the event of a catastrophe/disaster/bad happening.  You can view my twitter page here if you’d like >>>





2009 Tournament of the Roses: Part 2

6 01 2009

Rose Bowl LogoAfter returning home from Pasadena, I gotta say that despite Penn State losing the actual Rose Bowl game, I still had an awesome time, as did pretty much everyone else in the group that I traveled with.

After getting off the plane which flew us out from State College, the first thing that got me was how beautiful the weather was there. For the whole trip (more well put, a vacation), the temperatures were in the mid 70s throughout the day, and evenings were nice and cool, just cool enough to be able to wear jeans and a t-shirt outside comfortably. Couldn’t find a cloud in the sky my whole time there. The scenery of the area also caught me as quite breathtaking. Temperate zone plants would cover pretty sweet looking hills off in the distance where civilization had yet to hit, with snow capped mountains even farther off which gave a neat contrast from this place which seemed like paradise.

Some palm trees in Pasadena

Picture I took of some palm trees in Pasadena

Upon leaving the airport, we filed into some buses to get to our hotels. The highways in and around Los Angeles were kinda neat, just seeing how many luxury cars there were.  I’d never seen so many Ferraris and Porsches in my life.  One got the feeling there was a lot of money circulating around this area.  I mean it is home to Beverly Hills, Hollywood, etc.  We even got a brief look down some of the nicest real estate in the U.S. down Sunset Boulevard.

Then we got to our hotel (The Sheraton Universal) which was more than nice, and had great location as it was only a short walk away from Universal Studios.  After settling in, and a band practice section at a local community college, we played at and went to Disneyland and Universal Studios in the following days.  Both were really great experiences, and Universal Studios even had the park open a couple hours late for us, decked out with PSU decorations, and celebratory things to bring in the new year of ’09.

Disneyland castle at night

Disneyland castle at night

The next day was the largest of them all, as the Blue Band was marching in the Rose Parade.  It was 5.5 miles long, and despite that, it actually wasn’t too bad for me.  Our whole band got through without a single member passing out, which against the odds I believe (a total of 30 were hospitalized for heat prostration – http://www.dailybreeze.com/ci_11350952)  It took over 2 hours of playing an instrument, dancing, and marching, but was worth it, and an honor to march in.  Directly after the parade, we played at a pep rally outside the Rose Bowl stadium, and then we were straight off to the game.

Upon entering the stadium, I wasn’t all too impressed with the size of the place (nothing seems big after performing in Beaver Stadium the whole season) but they had the place done up very nicely.  We proceeded to perform our pregame show, which went very well, and was quite a rush for me with all the surrounding media coverage and devout fans.  Then the game began, and I was…frustrated, to say the least…about how things were going for the team.  USC was a very skilled team with a lot of talent.  After the second quarter we ran our halftime show, and after that watched as we had a small bit of a comeback, but lost in the end, final score 38-24.

Despite that loss, I still had one of the best experiences of my life during the days I was there, and hope to get the opportunity to make a trip out to Pasadena once again.

Here’s a link to us marching the Rose Parade, courtesy of KTLA —  http://www.ktla.com/roseparade_landing/?Penn-State-Blue-Band=1&blockID=172772&feedID=2050





Goodbye ’08

26 12 2008

2008. Great year. A lot of stuff has happened -The Olympics in Beijing. A new U.S. president. The CERN Large Hadron Collider became operational. iPhone3G. Gas prices went down. Stock market went crazy. Bernie Mac died. Frozen water was confirmed on Mars. Enough said. I’ll conclude this last post of 2008 with a mashup of the top 25 songs of the year, brought to you by the talents of DJ Earworm.





2009 Tournament of Roses: Part 1

21 12 2008

Rose Bowl LogoSo the Rose Bowl is coming up soon, and it hasn’t really hit me yet that I’m really going there (sunny Pasadena, California) yet.  A year and a half ago I would have never thought that i’d be given the opportunity to perform at, let alone attend, a BCS bowl game at all.  Being in a college marching band certainly can yield great benefits, especially when the football team is doing exceptionally well.  Anyways, I’ve been looking around at stuff to do in the area and it looks like this is shaping up to be a very, very nice experience for anyone who will be in attendance for this game.  The fact that we’re now playing USC (after Oregon State got upset) means to me that this should be a very good game.  Instead of playing a team we already beat in our regular season, we now face a more formidable adversary.  Penn State will also be in hostile territory once again, as if last year’s Alamo bowl against Texas A&M wasn’t enough.  If all goes well I think we’ll pull off a win.  I know we can do it, it’s just a matter of getting it done.  LET’S GO STATE!  By the way, tomorrow (30 minutes from now as I type this) is Joe Paterno’s 82nd birthday, and for a present he got a contract to coach for three more years!  He’ll never quit, he’s a man who truly loves what he does.  Happy birthday JoePa.

http://www.tournamentofroses.com/

Also:  Congrats to the Penn State Women’s Volleyball team!  2nd consecutive national title after beating Stanford at the national championship tournament in Nebraska, coming from a 63 game winning streak.  Deemed the best team in NCAA history for women’s volleyball.  So awesome.  It’s a great time to be a Penn State student.





Album Review: Freedom

20 12 2008
Freedom

Freedom

Alright I’m kinda easing back into updating my blog, so I’ll kick off my newly repurposed blog with an album review.

The album under review is Akon’s album “Freedom” which was released on December 2nd.  Upon hearing the news that Akon was releasing another album, I initially wasn’t too thrilled.  I had seen him perform along with Rihanna at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College last year as a freshman, and I must say he put on a pretty good performance.  Although most of the fun I had then was due to the fact that everyone there was dancing the night away to then popular music with a heavy beat, I had gained a bit of an appreciation for Akon’s music.  I had never really heard his music much before that point other than some of his more popular songs like “Lonely” or “Smack That”.  He was essentially just another R & B artist to me, with some songs that had risen above the rest.   After listening to his new album, my impression of him had changed mildly.  The new album has a few songs that I do like, yet the majority of it resonates with the same sound that Akon has been putting out there, being somewhat soft sounding vocals, deep beat and nice synthesized sound to go with.  I really like the song “Beautiful” right now (see youtube video below), and the songs “Troublemaker” and “Keep You Much Longer” appeal to me as well.  Although, the song “Right Now” (the one that repeatedly goes “na na na”) has been the most popular track on the charts, I’m not too huge a fan of it.  Overall, the album is ok, save for the select songs that I do really like.  7/10





Hello again.

20 12 2008

I’ve decided to somewhat redo my blog.

The only things that have changed are the name, and I’ve given the blog a somewhat more personal feel for myself.  I liked the overall appearance so I kept that.  Instead of posting content that is for the most part about technology, I am now going to post whatever I feel like posting.  This will include whatever I might be interested in at the time, yet technology is still not out of the question for blog-worthy content.  Bear with me as I begin to organize things more and post additional content.  Enjoy.

-Jordan