As humans we have been through many ages viz. stone age, iron age, etc. Now we are in the computer age, but the similarities still exists and is perfectly illustrated by the following cartoon.
My friend Aman has written an excellent guide of how to download stuff using the latest in P2P i.e. torrents. Here are some of the important parts of the guide. The link to the article is at the end of the post.
Firstly get a good client such as µtorrent or Azureus(Java), BitComet(C++) .Other Clients are not recommended!
The torrent file is not the file you aim to download, but a small file containing information where the bits of files are are located and information of trackers. Bittorrent isn’t linear though, it randomly sends and receives pieces from random users connected via the same torrent file.
- Leecher: That’s the guys that don’t have the complete file.
- Seeder: Those that now have the entire file, 100%, and therefore only function to upload to those that haven’t got the whole thing yet.
- Peers: All users connected to the same torrent. The more peers, the greater the speeds, providing there are enough seeders.
- Tracker: The centre when you start up the torrent. In short – it connects you to other users and is also the thing that sends you messages to your client.
How to download:
Head over to your favourite Bit torrent website which mind you don’t host files but simply host the .torrent file.When you find a torrent file online, you download it to your computer. Its recommended to keep the actual .torrent-file on your hard disk, in case you need to restart it. Now open the .torrent file in your bit torrent client, and tell it the place you want to store it. It starts download the minute the tracker has picked up on you being amongst the peers. Most tracker needs AT LEAST a few minutes to pick up, so leave it alone for a while.
The stuff I have is very little and it would help you greatly if you read the complete guide: http://www.fudge.co.in/2007/06/01/torrenting-for-dummies/
Yes finally after 6 years of using the same configuration, I have added a new parts to my PC (i.e. when replacing the packed up keyboard and mouse is not counted). The new parts are a 256 MB SDRAM (Rs. 1500) and a Cabinet Fan (Rs. 50).
This means I now have a total of 320 MB SDRAM and a cooler cabinet, and a serious boost in my PCs performance. Now the boot up time is just 2 minutes (with an antivirus running) up from the earlier 3 minutes (without an antivirus). Now that’s something isn’t it! Now this means I don’t need to run Gaim anymore and even a no more long waits just to run a messenger and Opera together. And a lot more software. Man the performance boost is enormous.
The next thing I want to buy is a Lite On DVD-RW for Rs. 2600, which I plan to get in a weeks time (hopefully). Whereas my ultimate wish list is an Apple iMac, so any one care donate!!!
UPDATE (24-June-2006): I got myself a LG DVD-RW for Rs 2200. I did want to buy a Lite-On but its not in stock and is only available on order. Also Lite-On dosent have an after sales office in Vashi, so had to go with LG (the second best in my list).