Tuesday, September 4, 2007

20 BitTorrent Tips and Tricks

I really like TorrentFreak.com. It's a very professional site, and there is a lot of interesting info and discussion going on there.

Yesterday the released a very cool post - 20 BitTorrent Tips and Tricks.

I get a lot of questions about torrents and how to use them. Mostly it's from people who got stuck in the age of eMule and don't know how to get out of it. After a little bit of technical explanation, I tend to remark that torrents have some clear advantages, but also some problems.

I think the biggest advantage is the speed of download. When the amount of seeders is reasonable, you can download at amazing rates. As a user that "grew up" on download rates of 0.9 KBs (yes, I am that old), seeing a download speed of more than a 100 KBs constitutes a bloody miracle for me.

Still, the torrents have one big disadvantage - things get old, and fast. A DVD rip of a movie which is a year old or more, is much more difficult to get than a low-quality screener of the current top-hit. If you are looking for a movie from the 80s - you are better off with eMule or Newsgroups.

The biggest problem, of course, is that there are not enough seeders!

Spread the wealth and rejoice. Who knows when it's all going to end.