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In this tutorial, I’m going to write about a num­ber of things that will be use­ful to you if you have your own web­site host­ing. This art­icle is geared for begin­ners, and requires no pre­requis­ites apart from some com­mon sense! Now, I host nointrigue​.com on a shared Linux server with Blue­host, which means that my web­site shares a phys­ical com­puter with a num­ber of other users. This setup is fairly com­mon, so I’ll be writ­ing with an assump­tion that this is the kind of arrange­ment that you have. I’ll cover some basic, but use­ful, shell com­mands to make your life easier, and explain how to install addi­tional soft­ware on your host.

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Media com­pany exec­ut­ives love to put demonic con­tent usage restric­tions, prob­ably just because they’re evil and bit­ter and have no love. Sure, I can under­stand that they need to pro­tect their rev­enue streams and what not so they can feed the kids, but some­times it’s just so retarded that I’m just think­ing they just do it for kicks.

(Aside: Daniel was try­ing to remem­ber the name of this TV show he watched a long time ago… the Wiki­pe­dia Ref­er­ence Desk to the res­cue! Next time you need some obscure fact and you need to pick a thou­sand brains, that’s where you go.)

Now, the Sil­ver­hawks art­icle on Wiki­pe­dia has an allur­ing link to Full epis­odes of Sil­ver­hawks free at AOL Video in the external links sec­tion… except it comes with thorns. First off, it’s Win­dows only, so that rules out the 7.14% of people who don’t use Windows.

Next, it makes this silly insist­ence that you need to live in the US to view epis­odes of Sil­ver­hawks for free. For what good reason could this be? Maybe they still sell epis­odes of Sil­ver­hawks on VHS out­side of the US. I’m sure that’s a roar­ing trade. Maybe it’s part of their deal with who­ever actu­ally owns the IP for Sil­ver­hawks. It cer­tainly wasn’t out of a desire to save band­width, because I could actu­ally down­load the “DVD qual­ity” ver­sion for free… just not play it.

How does it know I’m in the US? There are only just about two ways of work­ing this out that I could think of… my Con­trol Panel set­tings, and of course, my IP address. So, I set up a proxy server on nointrigue​.com (using Privoxy), and used ssh to port for­ward to that. You also need to change your Con­trol Panel loc­a­tion to the United States. Voila! It plays.

DRM 0. Enoch 1.

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