Watch Hulu in Canada – Part 2

Update: The service in this post does not appear to work any longer.
Your best bet is to try the Hide My Ass! Pro VPN Service.
Worked last time I tried it.

By far the most popular post I have written here is my How to Watch Hulu in Canada. Unfortunately the method using Hotspot Shield has stopped working. I did not care to much, since there was not much I was interested in seeing on Hulu.

Recently however I was doing some search engine optimization and discovered that the search engine results for Google.com appeared to be returning information that was different from what Google Webmaster Tools was telling me. Basically what was happening was Google knew I was in Canada from my IP address even though I was searching from Google.com and returning to me the same results that I would get from Google.ca. I had to get a US IP to test the search engine results.

While all that is great, what does any of it have to do with Hulu? Well the beauty of having a US based IP address can allow you to watch Hulu streams. The new VPN service I discovered is UltraVPN and it has been working great, to check my Google.com search engine results and so far to watch Hulu streams. While I have not watched a great deal of Hulu using it, I have caught a few episodes of shows that I have missed up here. If you are looking for a way to watch Hulu in Canada give it a try. No guarantees that Hulu will not close this one down at some point either, but until they do at least we can enjoy it.

Backup Advice

Like most people that work with computers and the Internet regularly I am often asked for advice on computers. I try to help people when I can, but there is only so much you can do without physically going over to the persons house and fixing the problem for them. Many of the problems people will ask me about are often malware related but occasionally I do get asked about what I would recommend to backup their computer.

I often go on and on about what people can do to backup their computer. I am always amazed at how trusting people are that their hard drives will not fail. I guess I have seen enough hard drive failures to know that sooner or later the drives will fail. I have a collection of dead hard drives that I keep wanting to make hard drive clocks out of or some other crafty item. Being a Dad and taking tons of photos of my family and kids I have tons of photos that I never want to lose. With that in mind I here is what I tell most people that ask about backing up their computers.

  1. Get another hard drive – People think one hard drive is enough. I don’t understand that. If you want to backup your data the fastest and easiest way is to get a second drive and copy the files you want to backup to it. Either install a second hard drive in your computer, use a hard drive in another computer, get an external hard drive. I don’t care which you choose, just get another drive and copy your files over. Two copies of your important files are better than just one.
  2. Use an online backup service – I am amazed at the number of people that have never heard of online backup. It is one of the best things about having a broadband Internet connection. People often say they don’t trust it and don’t like the idea of their files being out on the Internet. These are often the same people that will post ridiculous amounts of personal information to their Facebook profiles. Their personal information is safer using online backup than it is on Facebook, but I digress.

     
    Personally I have Mozy Home installed on the family computer that runs Windows to backup all of the family photos and other personal documents. When I was investigating online backup services I checked out several and almost went with IDrive, but in the end Mozy won because of a 10% promotional code that I found to save me some money on my subscription. If you are looking for a discount on Mozy I usually post the latest Mozy promotional code on my company blog.

I have been pleased with the backup system I use. Keeping a local copy of our photos and files on an extra hard drive makes it easy to restore when one of the drives die and Mozy has worked well to back everything up. If you don’t like Mozy try another online backup service. Don’t want to buy another hard drive to install then buy an external hard drive. If you don’t like my advice that is your choice but you really should backup your files before it is to late.

I regularly look through our photos and the small price I pay to back them up is worth every cent. I can’t replace the photos of my kids and knowing that there is another copy securely encrypted and stored makes me feel good. I won’t bore you with anymore talk of backing up here anymore, but I will not promise that I will not talk about the other advice I give to people to fix their computers.

Watch Hulu in Canada

Update: The service in this post does not appear to work any longer.
Your best bet is to try the Hide My Ass! Pro VPN Service.
Worked last time I tried it.

I have enjoyed way to many videos on YouTube, and I was somewhat looking forward to Hulu when it was set to launch about a year ago. Of course Hulu has blocked anyone that does not have a US IP address, so I have not been able to watch anything on Hulu. Well I was stumbling the other day and came across a post from LifeHacker talking about a program called Hotspot Shield.

HotSpot Shield is a Windows only application that creates a connection to a server in the US, and hides my actual IP address. Install it on a Windows machine running XP or Vista (32bit) and you can surf hiding your real IP address and have an IP address that is located in the US. Visit Hulu after installing it and running it and presto you can now watch Hulu videos even though you are in Canada. Be care what yo check when you install HotSpot Shield. It will ask you if you want to install a toolbar, and reset your homepage and you don’t want to do that. I installed it on a copy of Windows XP that I run in a VirtualBox virtual PC on my Ubuntu laptop and it worked great.

Hulu is not to bad actually, they just need to figure out there is more to the world than just the US. Of course if you are in Canada you can watch some TV on demand on CTV.ca and CBC.ca. If you were wondering what I wanted to watch on Hulu it was the last season of Battlestar Galactica.