Youtube video downloaders 2018

25/05/2018

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We all know how jealously Youtube defends its downloads – they control their content by making it difficult to download their content, which includes changing the way the site works.  So, here’s an update on how to download the videos from Youtube.

And first of all: one of the golden oldie’s still works!  That “pwnyoutube” site from 2009 still works!  To use this, you get the youtube url for the video you want – for example:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvP2FEfOSsk<<=========

(which is a Defcon talk about a vulnerability in LED monitors that can be exploited to show an attacker what you’re looking at) and insert the characters “pwn” like this:

www.pwnyoutube.com/watch?v=zvP2FEfOSsk<<=============

This url will redirect you to deturl.com, to a page where you can download the video.

And here’s the first newbie of this update: I call it “genyoutube”, because it works like “pwnyoutube” except… (you guessed it) you add the letters “gen”.  So, you have the youtube video url:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvP2FEfOSsk<<============

and add “gen” so it’s:

www.genyoutube.com/watch?v=zvP2FEfOSsk<<=============

This redirects you to https://video.genyoutube.net/zvP2FEfOSsk where you’ll find a bunch of links – there’s MP4 360p, a higher-def MP4  720p, WEBM formats, 3GP mobile phone vid format, even video without audio, and audio without video!!  I wonder if this one will still be working. in 2026?

Now here are a couple of online tools for downloading youtube video:

http://www.pickvideo.net/youtube-video-downloader.

and www.savethevideo.com.

You go to the respective service’s website, where you’ll find a long text-entry field like it thinks it’s Google or something.  Then you hit “download” and the site brings up a number of links offering a variety of video and audio formats.

Well, that’s me done for the next 9 years or whatever it’s been since the last time.  As ever, if you have any comments on these fine services, leave em in the Comments so other video-downloading fans can read em.  And if you know of any other video downloading services, stick them in Comments too.  Go on, you know you want to!!

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The Walking Dead comic and others too! Download for free!! [S8 SPOILER ALERT]

01/05/2018

Did you watch season 8 of the AMC series The Walking Dead recently? It’s a cracking show… sometimes. Sadly the past few seasons have been pretty awful. The first half of season 8 was crummy too, and I didn’t expect the last half-season to be any better.

I’m happy to report that I was wrong. Or wrong-ish. Season 8.2 wasn’t a return to the good old days, when everything was better than stuff now, but it was an improvement on 8.1. The dreaded Carl episode was as long drawn-out as I feared it would be, but at least he died. And although they went with the sickly-sweet option not to kill Negan, it could have been worse. Could have been better too. (What does that say about a TV show, that I’m happy it was only half crap?)

Anyway, if you like The Walking Dead, maybe you’ll like the comic on which it is based (and which is called, funnily enough, “The Walking Dead” too). The comic has been going for years and years. The TV show sort of follows the same plot as the comic (with important differences) and the comic has provided enough material to keep the show going for many seasons to come. Though Carl dying is a major diversion from the comic story.

After getting into the subreddit on The Walking Dead TV show, I started reading the one on the comic out of interest,  and I got curious about the comic.  I decided to read it, but being poverty-stricken/tight and stingey I didn’t want to pay for it, so I did what I always do when I want to read something for free – asked Google where I could download it for free.

And, as always, Google the Genie came up with the goods – in spades!  Not just The Walking Dead, but millions (or thousands.  Or hundreds?) of comics, to download for free. Getcomics.info.

I don’t know how this site could be legal – all those comics for free?  Shorely not!! – but it certainly acts like it’s legit.  But still… I wanted to share this discovery with others.  But the subreddits have a strict “no illegal links allowed” rule, and it’d be a pain getting banned.  So, I’m sharing it here instead.

Anyway, getcomics.info is a wonderful place.  It has so many comics available for free.  Current titles, like The Walking Dead, appear there promptly after release.  And they also have a good back catalogue.  For example, Transmetropolitan.  This title came out for 60 monthly issues, and a few specials, then stopped, as was Warren Ellis’ strict five-year plan (actually he did really well managing to do it, what with the original imprint on which it was published, Helix, going down with almost all hands, and his having to jump ship to Vertigo at the last minute).  I actually collected most of the series in hard-copy form (back when web comics were exotic beasts), and I actually found the entire series in .cbr format in a torrent some years ago.  But I’ve always wanted to introduce the title to the rest of the internet… but I never got round to posting it on a site for free download… and now I don’t have to!!  I just need to share a link to the appropriate page on getcomics.info. Here’s one – to download the 60 issues of the comic (in one beefy go):

=====>> https://getcomics.info/dc/transmetropolitan-vol-1-1-60/  <<=====

and another, to download the same stuff, but in the form of the 10 collected volumes (in one tremendous gulp):

=====>> https://getcomics.info/dc/transmetropolitan-vol-1-10/

So, I wanted to post a link. And now I’ve posted TWO !! Whoo hoo!!

A tip: when you click on the download button, you get taken to a sh.st page, and a notification box comes up saying “Click Allow to continue”.  I don’t like clicking on notifications.  So, I ignore the notification, and look at the box on the top right instead.  It performs a countdown then says SKIP THIS AD.  I click that, and get taken to the download which starts automatically.   I DON’T click the button that appears to accept and install a browser extension.  You can, if you really really want to…

So, go download some Spidery goodness!!  You know you want to!!

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T-Mobile make me sick

06/04/2010

I’ve got this deal with T-Mobile: I pay them £x and in return they give me “unlimited” mobile broadband on top of cellphone service.

Only it isn’t unlimited, is it? There’s a “fair use policy”, which isn’t very fair at all. If you look here, you’ll see what these unfair use policies entail: details vary a little from plan to plan, but the upshot is the user has a “maximum allowance” of data transfer – these allowances can be as small as 40MB per day! – and if you exceed this allowance (by using a mobile internet device for its proper purpose – ie accessing the internet) T-Mobile “restricts” your ability to use the web!

Here’s the message you receive if you attempt to access the internet once your allowance is used up:

Notice from T-Mobile

You’ve now exceeded your internet Fair Use Policy

At T-Mobile we want to give you our customers the best service possible.

Our Fair Use Policy (FUP) helps us do this and also means we don’t have to charge any run on rates. We will never ask you to pay more than you agreed, so you’ll always know how much you’re paying and never get an unexpected bill.

Each internet option comes with its own Fair Use Policy. We’ve already sent a text message letting you know you had reached 80% of your FUP, and now you’ve used over 100%.

You will continue to be able to use your internet for unlimited browsing. That means you’ll still be able to browse websites, login to Facebook, check your Hotmail or catch the news on the BBC.

For the time being, however, between 4pm and midnight you won’t be able to do other heavy usage activities such as watching videos or downloading applications. Before 4pm and after midnight your internet service will continue to run as normal.

Your Fair Use Policy duration depends on how you purchase your internet. When your Fair Use Policy begins again, either at the start of the next calendar month or your next purchase, it will be reset to 0 and your service will return to normal.

So “between 4pm and midnight you won’t be able to do other heavy usage activities such as watching videos or downloading applications”… or, indeed, downloading files from remote machines, or any email attachments that T-Mobile classify as “large”, nor can I upload “large” files… and this ridiculous state of affairs will continue until the end of the calendar month – unless, of course, I’d like to pay extra to get a larger “allowance” (though none have a particularly large allowance as far as I can see). And T-Mobile also bans the use of instant messaging over their network. No doubt because the availability of IM would eat away at their lucrative business of selling SMS to teenagers.

Because that’s what all this “fair use” crap is about, of course. The policies are full of bull like “We’ll monitor how much you send and receive each calendar month so that we can protect our network for all our customers”. But what it all means is that T-Mobile can try to guarantee all of their customers a little internet access at the expense of those who need to use the internet a lot.

I realize this is all standard operating policy now with internet service providers, so I shouldn’t complain about T-Mobile in particular. But I will complain about T-Mobile because they’re the bastards who are screwing with me right now! And I’ll also give Vodafone a special mention as I’ve suffered at their hands too. But they are all a bunch of wankers. Seems to me that there’s a cartel in operation, fixing prices amongst themselves so there’s nowhere for a cost-conscious customer to go. And of course, like the flock of stupid sheep we are, we hand over our hard-earned dosh to the robbers when we should be handing them their own heads.

But maybe they’re not all on the take – at least, perhaps some of the thieves are a little less dishonest. Next month I’m going to give 3 a try. They sell prearranged “data allowances” so I can pay, for instance, £15 and get a 3GB allowance. The prices are still outrageous, but maybe I’ll be able to use my mobile devices for their intended purpose – to use the internet while out and about!

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Net piracy puts 1.2 million EU jobs in peril? More industry and government lies

17/03/2010

Have you seen this ridiculous story? Apparently, a study backed by the European Union and the TUC has “found” that “a quarter of a million British jobs in the music, film, TV, software and other creative industries could be lost over the next five years if online piracy continues at its current rate.” It says that in the EU as a whole, as many as 1.2 million jobs are in jeopardy as piracy looks set to strip more than €240bn (£218bn) in revenues from the creative industries by 2015, unless regulators can stem the flow.

This is a lovely little scare-tactic story, designed to scare us all into accepting the UK government’s upcoming Digital Economy Bill, which hopes to introduce draconian powers to cut people off the internet if a film or music industry rights holder alleges that a person has infringed copyright. Anyone accused of copyright infringement will have their internet access disconnected, with no trial and no effective right of appeal.

The diabolical thing about this study is that its figures mean absolutely nothing. The claim is that illegal downloads are causing a financial loss to the entertainment industries of more than €240 billion. How did the study come up with this figure? By asserting that every single illegal download directly deprives the rights holder of the price of that downloaded material. For instance, if I download an album that costs €20 in the shops, that’s €20 I have actually stolen from the record company.

The entertainment industry has been using this formula for a long time now, so they have been able to claim millions of euros in compensation from average joes who share their music and films over peer-to-peer systems like bittorrent. But the formula is utterly ridiculous. Take “my friend” for instance. He has downloaded several rock albums over the years; and yes, if he had bought those albums legitimately he would have paid maybe €300 for them. But the point is this: if he had not been able to download these files for free, he certainly would not have gone out and bought them. Indeed, during this time he has spent a good few hundred euros on other albums. He downloaded many of these albums, to listen to and decide if he liked them – and when he decided he actually did like them, he went down the record shop and bought them on CD. If he likes a record, he wants to reward the artist – by paying for CDs, by going to concerts, by wearing official merchandise… he has absolutely no problem with paying for this stuff. But the albums he hasn’t paid for, he considers are not worth buying. So he hasn’t bought them – he never would have bought them – and the record industry has lost zero sales, and therefore lost zero money.

He likens this system to what we all used to do in the time before bittorrent. I would borrow an album from a friend and listen to it. If I liked it, I would go to the record store and buy myself a legitimate copy. If I wasn’t so keen on a record, I might record it onto a blank audio cassette; but I wasn’t depriving the record company of any money because I had no intention of buying it at all. If I hadn’t been able to copy a friend’s record, I certainly wouldn’t have gone and bought a legitimate copy. I would have gone without it. And I was certainly not alone in this.

At that time, we all saw those ominous posters that said “Home taping is killing music”. But, funnily enough, home taping didn’t kill the music industry. Plenty of legitimate records were bought. And a similar thing happened with video. When consumer VCRs hit the market, the film industry was up in arms. Why would anyone pay to see a movie when they could just get a bootleg copy? was the big question. But, as we all now know, the VCR did not kill the movie industry. Far from it: the video cassette gave the industry a new and lucrative income stream. People bought legitimate videos by the wheelbarrow-full. It’s true that the cinemas took a hit. But that loss was more than made up for by the revenues from video sales and rentals. New technology scared the industry for a while; yet within a very short time, that new technology became the new cash cow.

So, yet again the entertainment industries are worried about the new technology. All they see is doom and gloom. But if they were capable of learning from history, they would soon realise that computers and the internet will soon pour untold riches into the industry coffers. Some companies are already moving into new business models – companies like Netflix are making good money from selling an online streaming service. And in time, more possible solutions will present themselves. The digital revolution is going to be as big and important as the introduction of “talkies”. Why can’t the entertainment industries just get up off their asses and come up with new business models? Why do we all need to suffer, just because the fat slobs are too lazy to do their stinking jobs? New technology always changes the status quo – not always for the better, but very often it’s easy to see the silver lining. Why can’t the movie and recording industry bigwigs see the silver lining here? How in hell did such blind, lazy good-for-nothings ever get to be so successful? Idiots.

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How to download & save Youtube videos with PWNYoutube – UPDATE

21/12/2009

I told you about PWNYoutube here. Well, they’ve changed their interface, so I’ve updated my post on them – check out the update at the same old link.

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DEFCON 17 talks and presentations released online

30/11/2009


I don’t know how long this has been up – I only just noticed it – but audio and video files of talks and presentations at this year’s DEFCON are now available for free download.  For those who don’t know: DEFCON is the USA’s premier hacker’s conference, held every year in Las Vegas.  Unfortunately, I’ve never been able to attend – the Atlantic Ocean is very wide and deep and I’m allergic to water – but I’ve been able to enjoy the talks and presentations via audio or video thanks to the fact that the DEFCON organizers create each year an archive of presentation media.

DEFCON 17 took place at 30 July-2 August, but they’ve only just got round to posting links to the archive.  But that’s okay: I get to enjoy the con without having to travel to the USA (wide and deep, remember?); and, most importantly, without having to fork out any money.  Free downloads, y’know?

Various well-known security and internet characters take part every year.  Famous names in 2009 include Bruce Schneier, Dan Kaminsky and Jason Scott.  I particularly enjoyed Jason Scott’s talk, “That awesome time I was sued for two billion dollars“.  There are fun talks, heavily technical demonstrations… the whole kaboodle.  I strongly recommend checking it out if you’re in any way interested in computer security and the hacker culture.  It is free after all!

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get_iplayer: the c00l way to download BBC shows

15/07/2009

BBC’s iPlayer service has allowed Windows users to download TV and radio shows for quite some time now. And apparently iPlayer Labs has offered an experimental download facility to Linux users in the past – though I can’t see any sign of it on their site currently. But of course there are hackers and developers out there offering software that answers this need for us Linuxers. You can check out a whole gaggle of such third party solutions at the beebhack wiki site.

Yep, there are a few progs featured there that will allow users of Linux to download BBC programmes. But there is only one that deserves to be called the best. So which is it? Get a load of get_iplayer.

So why have I chosen this particular app? I’m sure some of you will disagree with me – it’s a command-line utility for a start, and although some die-hard geeks think that the terminal is great, an increasing number of Linuxers prefer a GUI. But to that I say: Bah!

The reason I prefer get_iplayer to its competition is that it works great whether you’ve got the fastest light-fibre cable connection ever or a slow-crawling dial-up link. For users with good broadband there are funky functions like PVR and live-TV watching. And for those of us with slow, unreliable connection, there’s a simple download function that will resume recording where it left off if the connection should be interrupted.

Really we have Apple to thank for get_iplayer. Not that Apple had anything to do with creating it! Lord no, that’s a ridiculous notion! But Apple did create the iPhone. And the BBC decided they wanted to cater to people who own the stupid things. But the iPhone is so crap, it doesn’t play streaming content. So the BBC had to allow the Apple fanboi-phones to download the shows. And cunning get_iplayer can also download the content because it pretends to be an iPhone! Pretty sneaky, eh? It’s a classic hack.

Of course, the BBC doesn’t like this state of affairs. So they keep changing their system. But the get_iplayer devs just change their code to compensate. This means you need to update your version of the app fairly frequently. No need to fret though, you just use it with an –update flag and it’s all done automagically.

Believe me, I’m not the only person who thinks this command-line tool is great. There are a bunch of iPlayer-related projects that use get_iplayer. Some of them stick a pretty GUI front-end on the program. But the apps with a graphic interface haven’t worked for me – not a one of them. Whereas get_iplayer Just Works… as a good tool should.

Okay, okay, so sometimes get_iplayer doesn’t Just Work. Sometimes it claims to have finished downloading a show when really it hasn’t. But I’m pretty sure this is to do with my internet connection – I use a mobile phone to get my computer online, and it can be awfully quirky and unstable at times – so I doubt anyone using a more conventional connection will suffer from this problem. Seriously, if you use Linux and want to download BBC TV and radio shows – and even ITV shows – check out get_iplayer. You can download it from linuxcentre.net, and also find plenty of documentation. Seriously, get_iplayer is a bloody marvel! Try it out today!

NB: unfortunately, it will only download to UK-located domains. This isn’t down to get_iplayer – the BBC want to limit the iPlayer service to the United Kingdom. But there is a way around this for would-be viewers who don’t live here, involving the use of proxy servers. Check out the docs if you want to learn more!

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