CodeUnit 30 NOV 2009


File-sharing sites like, and (just to name a few obviously) have proved themselves as an invaluable tool when it comes to shifting files between people that are otherwise to big to send via the traditional e-mail attachment route.

Of course, the premise of file-sharing websites is usually that you are sharing a resource with a select few, hence there’s no need for a file sharing service to go and blurt out to the world what exactly is sitting on its server, particularly if it wants to maintain some modicum of control over its monthly bandwidth usage bill.

Which is frustrating of course, particularly if you are trolling around the Net for resources that you suspect may just be sitting on these “shared” accounts.

However, it is exactly at this point where “search engines” like come in to play. Basically they scour forums and the like to pick up on forum members posts that reference files being linked on these file-sharing sites, essentially building up an index of files that should be sitting there, waiting to be grabbed whenever one needs them. is one of these search engines that I’ve come to enjoy using thanks to it’s decent result set for both rapidshare and megaupload servers, as well as for its relatively clean and informative layout of its search results (though in fairness this is slowly but surely being cluttered up by advertising that they’ve now seen fit to add). In addition, they also make a nifty note of related files found in relation to your search query results, something that comes in quite handy when you searching on something like a series or the like.

So, if you don’t want to give up some upload bandwidth by settling for a torrent and instead would prefer a direct download of something you “desperately” need, give it a spin. Really not too shabby at all! :)

About Craig Lotter

Software developer, husband and dad to two little girls. Writer behind An Exploring South African. I don't have time for myself any more.