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DVD Ordering Update

Wednesday, December 3, 2008, 7:12 PM

Third Update (12/3 5:30pm EST): This update is from Erik Townsend. I want to assure everyone that Christian Redshaw and I have been on top of this situation all day long, and are managing it very actively. We have escalated our frustration with the delays to a senior Vice President at the replication company, and are doing everything possible to work toward a prompt resolution to the unexpected delays.

There's some good news here: the delays are all related to putting the order form online. We're being told that the actual replication of DVDs is proceeding on schedule. That means that as soon as the order form is operational, the fulfillment center should be able to start shipping immediately. So while we are experiencing a delay of several days in making it possible to place your orders, the orders will still begin shipping when they otherwise would have, either Friday 12/5 or Monday 12/8.

We are acutely aware of the community's desire to receive these DVDs in time for holiday gift giving, and are working very hard to hold the vendor to their original promise to begin shipping DVDs no later than Dec. 8th and hopefully Dec. 5th. We are also preparing to send registered users an e-mail blast within minutes after the order form goes operational.

We will extend the introductory pricing deadline so that it is available for several days. Please don't be concerned by our earlier statements that the special price would expire Dec. 4th. We'll revisit that when the order form is online.

Thanks for your patience and understanding, everyone. The best I can do is to assure you that we are working on this diligently, and that we'll do the very best we can to get the word to you just as soon as the order form is available.


Second Update (12/3):  Well, we are still waiting for word from the manufacturer that they've got the ordering page configured.  We'll be calling them as soon as they get in (11-12 EST) and then we'll let you know.  The Torrent files will be put up at some point over the next 48 hours (they should be arriving by mail today and the upload time is ~10-12 hours).

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Update:  The website ordering system is in the hands of the supplier.  We are told that they are "hopeful" about getting it done today.  As of 5:00 pm (EST) we are still hoping.

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We are currently (patiently) waiting for the coupon code from the manufacturer.  Within 60 seconds of its receipt it will be posted here.

We expect it at any moment...as of this moment (1:15 pm EST) it is not yet in our hands...

Thank you for your patience and inquiries.

Best,
Chris & the team

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Altean
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Re: DVD Ordering Update

Thanks for all your work in making this available to us in DVD form.

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Re: DVD Ordering Update

Is the torrent file coming soon...?  :)

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Re: DVD Ordering Update

I know how these things can go....very slowly sometimes.  Thanks for all your work in getting these dvd's to us!  Smile

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Re: DVD Ordering Update

Don't stress, guys.  We know it's not your fault....I can wait as long as it takes.  Thank you for all your hard work.

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Re: DVD Ordering Update

Don't stress out, guys.........we're with you on this, & thanks for all your work!

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Re: DVD Ordering Update

will the torrent file in .iso format be here as well? or will it be posted elsewhere?

 

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Re: DVD Ordering Update

We will shortly be posting information on the torrents for the ISO files.  There will be two versions -- an NTSC version (for televisions in North America, western South America, Japan, Philippines, South Korea, etc.) and a PAL version (for most of the rest of the world).

If you are uncertain if you live in a country with NTSC or PAL television format, check the information here:

PAL -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PAL

NTSC -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NTSC

 

Ron

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Re: DVD Ordering Update [The torrent is out there on the net]

There has been no official announcement yet but...

The Torrent has shown up on the net. and is out there for downloading.

It is listed by some of the torrent search sites.  just google Chris Martenson torrent.

I have just started a download from:

http://thepiratebay.org/torrent/4555054/Chris_Martenson_Crash_Course_DVD...

(Just ignore the smutty pictures on this dowmload site :-)

 

enjoy.

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Whoa! Please give us a little breathing room!

I love everyone's enthusiasm, but here's our current status:

Our webmaster now has both the PAL and NTSC .ISO files. But even though we started uploading them on BitTorrent privately with no annoucement, within minutes the upload was "discovered" by dozens of excited Crash Course fans who immediately started trying to download the torrent themselves. The result was that Ron's upload time estimate went from a few hours to several days because so many people were simultaneously trying to download the torrent, and they were all being directed to his relatively slow network connection!

I'm here at Chris Martenson's office right now, but am flying back home this afternoon. As soon as I get back I'll be uploading the torrent. I have a pretty fast connection, so I'll be able to serve as a higher-bandwidth torrent seed.

We'll announce the availability of the torrent just as soon as we have it ready for mass-download. I promise! Meanwhile, we'd really appreciate if everyone would hold off from competing with us for access to the torrents. Ron will be forcefully terminating connections that do not appear to be new seed nodes that will help distribute the torrent. Thanks for your understanding, folks. We're doing our best.

The vendor is now telling us to expect the order form "in minutes". We'll post something to the blog the instant we have a working order form.

Erik Townsend
Business Manager
PeakProsperity.com

 

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Re: DVD Ordering Update

  No worries guys, a minor glitch for a major accomplishment.

                                                     thanks, Bob

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Re: DVD Ordering Update

I'm usually quite literate with technical issues, but have never been able to understand how torrents work- tried it with only moderate success about 2 years ago. 

 I can see that this posted link automatically starts a download, but do not recognize the filetype, don't understand how to convert it into a playable, burnable file.

Can someone please tell me or direct me to a resource which explains this stuff in plain English?

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Re: How torrents work

Torrents are really no different than how Napster used to work 'back in the day'.  It's a form of peer-to-peer sharing, where someone decides to offer a file for download ("seed") and others download the file from the person sharing it ("peer" or "leech").  There are no central servers where content is stored... each available seed effectively serves as a "server" for others who want to download a copy.

To download files, you need to install a BitTorrent client, such as the ones available from BitTorrent, µTorrent, or Vuze.  After you have a client installed, you can then find torrent files on sites like The Pirate Bay and Mininova to download.

Torrents are just tiny files that have directions on how to download larger files associated with them.  To get the file associated with the torrent, you have to do the following:

  • Have the BitTorrent client up and running,
  • Download the torrent file to your computer (.torrent extension),
  • Double-click the torrent file; this will add the download request to your queue.

As Erik mentioned above, the important point is this: files cannot be downloaded if seeds are not available.  That means when people download the ISO files, we need them to keep their BitTorrent client running so other people can download.  As well, the more seeds which are simultaneously available, the faster the download is for everyone.

The file that gets downloaded via BitTorrent is an ISO file, which means it needs to be burned to a DVD to be easily shown (although there are some video software options available for running ISO files on a computer desktop).  You should be able to burn DVDs from your computer using software typically pre-installed such as Roxio, or by using options such as InfraRecorder or ImgBurn.

Ron

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