The program WinMx is legal. It allows computers to transfer data to another computer. This, unsurprisingly, is legal.
Offering copyrighted material for others to download without permission of the copyright holder is an infringement of copyright. This is a separate thing from using WinMx, though you can use WinMx to do this. You can also use email to do this. Or Windows Live Messenger, etc. Or Bluetooth it from your phone to another phone. Does this make mobile phones illegal? No.
Using a program to download and copy copyrighted material without paying a royalty fee is illegal. It is stealing, plain & simple. It's not always as illegal as some think. If you live in Canada your Free and can use it without any worries. However it's illegal in the USA and the UK. A kid in the UK was downloading from a site. The father got fined. This was quite recent (2005). A 14 Year old girl in the UK downloaded 1400 music files. Her mother faces fines of 5000 pounds.
Currently, WinMX does not work at all unless you apply certain patches to get it to work. The RIAA had seized the domain and the old cache servers no longer work. However, even after applying the patches, you might not be able to find anything due to attacks on the network. Someone found a vulnerability that will cause the hubs to send you the results of nearly every file on the entire network, thus rendering WinMX mostly useless.
It took up an entire room. See this link: http://www.connected-earth.com/Galleries/Frombuttonstobytes/Intothedigitalera/Thecomputeragedawns/index.htm
Firstly, if you bought the computer from a major vendor, then you should have gotten a copy of the OS and applications. Usually, a recovery disk is included which will allow you to get back to the factory defaults. If not, back up all your data and rebuild your computer using the Operating System CD (Windows2000, WindowsXP). I recommend the software "Clean Sweep"
To explain it quite simply, a laser is used to "burn" binary code onto the CD's surface. (like bumps in the CD blud) All this is, is a series of ones and zeros that when read by another laser and fed through the circuts circuits of a sterio stereo system get interpreted as sounds. For example: (and this is not real)
This could be the binary code for what a snare drum sounds like. Given the multitude of sounds on a CD, there is milions upon millions of ones and zeros in different combinations to make a CD.
Kevin Torotno (No capital V)