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02-16-11  06:08pm - 1372 days Subscribing to Japanese sites? (11 Posts) - #3
squirrel (8)
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otoh,

Thanks for your information -- much appreciated!

I've been doing the "hover" thing, and indeed with that, there is enough English to get around, and to the "Join" page.

So, have you actually just typed your credit card information into these foreign sites, hoped for the best, and the transaction has actually worked? That's the main thing I'm worried about.

And boy, do I hear you about "unsubscribing." I suppose I should use the Google translator and make sure I find something about unsubscribing, before I ever give subscribing a shot!

02-16-11  04:07pm - 1372 days Subscribing to Japanese sites? (11 Posts) - Original Post - #1
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Subscribing to Japanese sites?

Is there some way, any way, for anyone from the US to subscribe to any of the Japanese sites? For instance, I would subscribe IMMEDIATELY to Fetibox, if only -- if only -- if only -- I could.

If you have any experience with this, I would sure like to hear about them. And man, if anyone wants to make some money, I could see a site that would be a "front end" subscription site to join the Japanese sites as being a quite profitable business.

Again, I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Thanks!

02-02-11  06:54pm - 1386 days Just curious… how long do you wait between site subscriptions? (9 Posts) - #8
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Interesting topic, especially talking about the concept of "recurring memberships."

Once upon a time, I was young and stupid, and stayed on as a member to a couple of sites. One was the former Digital Dream Girls, back when they had a download limit of, as I recall, a whopping one gigabyte per day. That was about enough to get the new updates and maybe an old update or two, but then it was "wait until tomorrow" for more. The minute they killed the download limit, I downloaded everything from the archives, and was gone by the end of the month.

Very simply, if a site's content can be downloaded within one month, I'll download everything within that month -- often times within the first week -- then I'll cancel my account, and cruise through the rest of the month, downloading any updates. I just can't even begin to comprehend why anyone would hang onto a membership to such sites for more than a month -- heck, just come back a year later, and spend a week or two downloading the new stuff. Then "repeat yearly."

Part of my practice has to do with another issue that's on the board lately -- bandwidth caps. Mine is 250 gigs a month, and I usually try to do my best to get my money's worth. So, my "wait between subscriptions" certainly isn't a "wait" at all -- it's often a number of sites going on during any given month, as I try to make use of that bandwidth.

Anyway, only a "megasite" that'll take months to download years worth of content will get my continued membership -- until I get everything I want from it. Virtually every other site I've come across, I've been able to grab everything within one month.

Oddly enough, I just finished up about five different sites, and for the first time in virtually years, right now I don't have a membership to anything. I've probably downloaded about four terabytes over the past two years, and I tend to "download everything, then go through it all later." And I definitely could spend the next few years going through everything -- deleting the bad stuff, and pulling out the stuff I truly want to keep. I used to spend some kind of equivalent time downloading and going through what I've downloaded, but after the bandwidth cap started, I've definitely spent most of my time downloading.

So, I'm going through a bit of "reflection" right now. I've really gone through the sites that I've wanted to go through -- but of course, I've barely scratched the surface of all that's out there. Let me tell you something, though, webmasters -- if I call it quits now, it'll 100%, absolutely, positively be due to the utterly disgusting crap that is so common now -- ugly, filthy tattoos and body piercings everywhere, "all anal all the time" nonsense, implants, and on and on and on. Geez, are there no "clean" young girls on the planet anymore? Actually, there are -- that's what I've just finished downloading. But they were small sites I just stumbled upon -- absolutely nothing that you see getting a high rating in the Best Porn ratings.

Oh, finally, a little jab: I really don't like "girl on girl." More than one girl in a scene is "a waste of a good solo girl scene." I pass on the "more than one girl" updates every time, always will.

01-09-11  01:52pm - 1410 days Point of super-high-resolution pics? (12 Posts) - #10
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Originally Posted by otoh:


Obviously, it means you can zoom in; and see more detail; but even then, you can still only see one screenful at a time, and have to pan/scroll around it. But my view is that, if the photographer is good, they should frame accordingly, and offer a good mix of full-body shots and close-ups, giving you enough detail in eg 2000px.


You've pretty much answered your question right there.

The concept is known as "cropping."

You might have a full-body shot that you would KILL to have a close-up of some portion of -- and with a super-high-resolution picture, you can crop it to what you want, and still have a high-quality, high-resolution crop.

Some of us actually download images and process them to get more of what we want out of them -- I crop images all the time, so I want the highest-resolution shots I can find.

11-15-10  07:36pm - 1465 days Is Internet Porn going to Hell in a handbasket? (39 Posts) - #11
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"Sex robots."

First guy to make a really good one will be a BILLIONAIRE.

11-15-10  07:31pm - 1465 days Need some advice on 21Sextury please (17 Posts) - #17
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Originally Posted by Drooler:


Well, I'm thinking forest, not trees, about this network. There are some places I'd like to be in it, and others where things are just a little too "wild in the country" for my tastes. PixAndVideo, Club Sandy, and the Sophie Moone and Blue Angel sites are my faves.


You have the right perspective. "Tranny Grannies" don't really float my boat, but they damn near have something like that. Even the mainstream stuff is HEAVILY anal. If you want anything resembling "conventional" stuff, that probably doesn't even make up one-quarter of the network's content.

Bottom line, if you think this is "a little too wild in the country for your tastes," I expect you're absolutely correct.

On the other hand, there is Blue Angel Live. "Your move."

10-21-10  06:32pm - 1490 days Does anyone have any experience with having download limits imposed by your ISP? (48 Posts) - #43
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Comcast here, 250 gigs per month. It's not difficult at all to go over that, given the, er, "subject matter" we discuss here.

At least, they've finally provided a meter on your account page that lets you see what you're doing -- I keep an eye on that, you bet.

I've actually joined some smaller sites within the last week of a month, if I haven't burned through enough of my download limit. I'm usually able to wind up with perhaps 5% of my limit left each month.

It's the sheer hypocrisy that gets my goat -- "convergence" and such BS, when they don't give you enough bandwidth to accomplish what their advertising promises.

All I can do is try to use up every last bit of what I get, every single month. I manage, but it just sucks.

01-16-10  07:05pm - 1768 days Anyone have experience with devices that allow you to play files on a TV? (25 Posts) - #22
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Originally Posted by rearadmiral:


Squirrel - thanks for the tip. When I learned that WD TV would only play version 9 of WMV files that was the kiss of death for it as far as me keeping it. I never did get to experience any of the complaints that you reported.

But... the Patriot Box Office still won't play older versions of WMVs than the latest, #9. This must have something to do with the HD capability the salesguy was mentioning to me.


Yep, I've encountered WMV files that the Patriot won't play -- and indeed it looks like they're all WMV 8 files, so far. Though, the WD TV wouldn't play all kinds of stuff -- I'm not too experienced with all of the different formats, but the WD TV wouldn't play about half of the stuff I threw at it, while I've only found a few of these WMV 8 files that the Patriot won't play.

Learning something new every day!

01-15-10  04:42pm - 1769 days Safe removal of external hard drives! (24 Posts) - #25
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I've run externals "connected to the computer all the time," but with the power supplies hooked up to a "power director" from which I can turn each power supply on as needed. I really rarely actually use these drives, as they are for backing up my internal drives, and I only turn them on when I'm backing up the data.

Bottom line, I really don't want these things to be running when the computer boots, that's for sure.

I recently gathered up four 1-terabyte internal drives -- two of which I pulled out of my computer after replacing them with 2-terabyte drives, and two of which I pried out of a couple of WD external drives, and plugged them all into a Sans Digital TR4U "JBOD" box -- "JBOD" stands for "just a bunch of disks," as opposed to the more readily found "RAID" configurations.

Bottom line, I've got these four drives in one box with a good fan for ventilation, an onboard power supply so it's just got a regular power cord, and each drive shows up separately on my computer. For about $150, it's a great solution for getting a bunch of external drive space under control, if you don't want to get into RAID.

Here's a link to the thing:

http://www.sansdigital.com/towerraid/tr4ub.html

It's commonly available at NewEgg.com and other online shops. I found mine at my local Fry's Electronics.

I'm sure happy with mine, and I would easily recommend it to anyone. With excellent cooling and its own power button, it sure makes having a bunch of external drives a much easier and better-controlled way to go!

01-04-10  07:45pm - 1780 days Anyone have experience with devices that allow you to play files on a TV? (25 Posts) - #15
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Quick update:

I'm still getting to know the Patriot Box Office. Let me clarify one thing and add another:

1. The "Commercial Skip" button goes forward 30 seconds.

2. There is (yay!) an "Instant Replay" button that goes backward 30 seconds.

Bottom line, that handles about 90% of my "short attention span moving around in a video" requirements. I definitely prefer the "skip forward" means of zipping through a video -- the problem is usually "whoops, I've gone too far," so I need to bump back a bit. "Problem solved" with the Instant Replay button. I'm happy.

01-03-10  07:53pm - 1781 days Sites Not Listed On "The Best Porn" (717 Posts) - #158
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Here's one:

http://www.myprivateglamour.com/index.html

It's a "dead" site, and hasn't been updated for a few years. Some decent content, but it's one of the most frustrating things I've ever been to. Within a few minutes, you just wind up running through a minefield of user log-in screens. After a while, that's ALL you'll get.

I actually requested a refund from CCBill.com after my first session, which they declined to provide. So much for supporting predatory site operators over its customers.

I finally figured the site out, though -- It used to be "Private Glamour," then changed to "My Private Glamour." It's as if it started as a legitimate site, and got bought by some low-life bastard.

Anyway, each set is shown in a "magazine cover page" picture, usually with great big letters at the top of the page which either is "PGG" (Private Glamour Galleries) or "MPGG" (My Private Glamour Galleries). It's the NEW stuff -- the "My Privage Glamour" stuff -- that's the problem -- it isn't zipped like the older stuff, and it'll be the source of most of a customer's problems.

There are a few sets without the big letters at the top of the page -- those are "My Private Glamour" sets which should be considered as part of that content.

Anyway, you do much better if you go through the site as if these were two separate entities. Go through the "PGG" stuff first, and NEVER touch any of the MPGG stuff, and you can work right through it, like any legitimate site. The log-in hellhole mainly comes from going back and forth between the two different sets of content.

Once you're done with the PGG zip files, then start tackling the MPGG stuff, which will be unzipped pictures. After a few sets, you'll get into the log-in screen business, but before that, the site won't show you thumbnails for the set -- that's your cue to exit out of your browser. Restart and log right back in, and you're good for another few sets, until the thumbnails stop showing. Repeat until you're done.

Anyway, this site needs a warning statement from any review site. Put it in the "sites to avoid" section, if there is one.

01-03-10  06:32pm - 1781 days Anyone have experience with devices that allow you to play files on a TV? (25 Posts) - #14
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I've had a WD TV device for about a year. I haven't been that satisfied with it. It's pretty finicky about what file formats it will play, and the ability to move around within a movie is a frustration at best -- often times, after you've fast-forwarded a ways, then want to resume playback, it'd put you right back where you started.

And so on. Worst of all is how it keeps a big banner across about a third of the screen when you hit the pause button -- it's not for freezing the screen so you can see a nice still picture.

So, I've been looking at alternatives. And I just found one and picked it up -- the Patriot Box Office. It plays all of the things that the WD TV won't play. It gives you a good, clear, unobstructed freeze frame. It has a "commercial skip" button that I presume advances the program one minute at a push. And it seems to work pretty well after moving forward, either with that or with the fast forward. Going backward has been a disaster, though -- so far, every attempt has put me back at the beginning of the program.

Still, it's a ton better than the WD TV.

There are all kinds of "networking" and other issues involved with any of these things -- I've just been using them with the little portable hard drives. Oh, which the WD TV usually won't turn off when you turn it off -- supposedly fixed in a firmware update, but it sure wasn't working with my non-WD portable hard drive. The Patriot box does indeed turn off the portable hard drive when I turn it off.

These things will also play "images," which I've found generally disappointing. The old Sony HDPS-L1 has TONS better image quality, especially if you resize your images to your TV's resolution size. And presuming you can figure out its really difficult naming conventions so that you can get it to do what you want it to do. And presuming you can find one of the things anymore.

At any rate, I'm about as happy with the Patriot Box Office as I was disappointed with the WD TV -- so far, so good!

09-11-08  05:55pm - 2260 days PC sugestions (12 Posts) - #5
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Originally Posted by badandy400:


Network attached porn storage!


NAPS

Make a note of it.

:-)

09-05-08  07:28pm - 2266 days Best Software (16 Posts) - #7
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1. Picture Viewer - ACDSee Pro Version 2
2. Video Player - WMP, nothing special
3. Download Manager Photos - NeoDownloader 2.3c / Opera
4. Download Manager Videos - Opera
5. File Management Tool - Free Commander

Details:

1. ACDSee Pro V2 is fast, and capable of doing just about whatever you'd need to edit anything. Faster viewing than anything else I've ever used. (Note that I set it up not to show thumbnails, but rather, the biggest preview picture I can fit onscreen, while I soldier on through a list of files.) I do amazing things with the batch processor to wrangle things to fit into a number of different situations. It's very effective and efficient in terms of resizing, cropping, and doing simple file editing tasks.

2. I'm not so much into videos -- I mainly use Nero's video programs to record them onto DVD-R's.

3. NeoDownloader is a pretty simple yet effective auto downloader. I've been able to get some things done efficiently, without spidering the whole dang site.

3/4. Opera can do some pretty interesting things to speed things up. Open up the "links" panel, and, depending upon how a site is built, it could show you links to every JPEG file on the open page. Highlight those, right-click and choose to "save to download folder," and you're off and running! The "save to download folder" is also a right-click option on web pages -- I'll do that on all of the video files on a page, and get those going, straight away.

5. Free Commander is one of the most valuable tools I've ever found. Especially if you've got a wide-screen monitor (and you should go get one if you don't!), just set this up in dual-pane mode, and send files whizzing back and forth without all of the insane dragging and dropping nonsense. It will "unpack" (unzip) multiple zip files, popping them into separate folders under your destination folder, if you so choose. And on and on and on. Oh. And the "free" part is the best part -- it's totally free. Just Google for it, you'll find it.

ACDSee Pro 2 and Free Commander are absolutely the most powerful tools I've ever found for dealing with massive amounts of picture files, zip files, and so on. I couldn't recommend them more highly! Edited on Sep 05, 2008, 07:33pm

08-31-08  09:45am - 2272 days Ranking the ease or difficulty of content downloading (3 Posts) - Original Post - #1
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Ranking the ease or difficulty of content downloading

I've seen the subject mentioned in a few forum threads, and my first site review was heavily weighted on the issue, so let's bring the issue out and talk about it:

Some sites make it abundantly easy for us to download the content efficiently. Zip files are readily available, the use of automatic downloading sofware is tolerated if not even encouraged, and thus we can quickly and efficiently get all the content we care to download, without too much effort.

Other sites make it HORRIFYINGLY DIFFICULT to download their content efficiently, though. No zip files, designs that make virtually anything in our current "bag of tricks" ineffective, and short of using an automatic downloader to spider the whole site, it would appear that we'd have to click on each and every image to download the site's content.

This is one area that I find woefully "uncovered" in The Best Porn's rankings, and of course TBP is far more comprehensive than anything else out there. So, I would request that this aspect be covered in the rankings. It sure goes beyond the simple "site navigation" info TBP currently mentions.

There are a couple of issues within the overall issue:

1. Seemingly, this has mostly to do with pictures rather than videos -- pictures usually being far greater in number at most sites, thus needing zip files and perhaps automatic downloader tactics to download efficiently.

2. In an "Overall customer-unfriendly" view of a site that makes things difficult for us, I would also add a beef here about sites that don't use unique file names for its image files. Again, this appears to be far more of a "picture" thing, but typical encounters are where each and every image set is filled with files given the same file names, like the following:

image001.jpg
image002.jpg
image003.jpg

And so on. Or, I've seen far more random naming, usually with "right out of the camera" file names that could be found in any given set, like the following:

dscn001.jpg
img002.jpg

And so on. In other words, if we actually want to use these files outside of separate folders for each set, we'll have to rename each and every file name we'll download from such a site. About the only qualifier for this beef is that I'm aware that some of us will rename everything, anyway, to fit the content into filing organizations they have built. But still, I think this can be rated along with the ease or difficulty of downloading content into some kind of overall "customer friendly or unfriendly" rating for downloading and using the content each site provides.

Anyone else "with me" about this?

08-17-08  07:04pm - 2285 days What Makes You Say "No"? (50 Posts) - #21
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I hate tattoos. Always ugly, all the time. I just can't believe how these young ladies choose to disfigure themselves so much.

Especially those damn ASS ANTLERS! Crimony! Take one of the most erotic areas on a woman's body, and they may as well have an advertisement for Pepsi or something like that.

Sheesh!

I also despise nipple rings and studs and such.

If you're an aspiring nude model with this crap on your body, you won't make any money from me. If you're a photographer trying to make some money by shooting nude photos of models with crap like this on their bodies, you won't make any money from me.

The female body can be beautiful. But not if you ugly it up with a bunch of crap. STOP IT NOW!

:-)

08-17-08  06:50pm - 2285 days So, about downloading a whole site.. (57 Posts) - #12
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Well, I've downloaded "whole sites," or at least most of them. Terabyte external drives are wonderful things, but format externals first with NTFS if you're running Windows -- I've seen FAT32 unreliability.

Personally, I'm into "pictures," and not so much into "videos." I "save the keepers," and delete at least 90% of what I download -- but I save the zip files, or the originals for any neanderthal site that doesn't offer zip files. Zip files and originals eventually get archived onto DVD-R discs.

I sure haven't got the kind of storage mentioned above, but it's not hard to get an external drive and plug it in -- you have to start somewhere. Also, since I'm not too video-intensive, that probably saves me from several more terabytes of downloaded stuff.

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