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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Introduction.





"Welcome to my "How To" site! If you are new to BitTorrent, this site should help you understand, get started downloading TV Programs, softwares, movies, music, mp3, games and to clear up some commonly asked questions about bittorrents.
This tutorial will get you started on how to download the bittorrent client, bittorrent tools, understanding how bittorrents are run, where to get bittorrents and more.This help site is for Wndows user only."

ENJOY!
Matt


Overview

The BitTorrent peer-to-peer file transfer protocol was created and introduced in 2001 by BitTorrent Inc. co-founder Bram Cohen. Bram began his mission to solve a problem experienced by the online community since the birth of the Internet. While it wasn't clear it could be done, Bram wanted to enable effective swarming distribution - - transferring massive files from server to client with the efficiency of peer-to-peer - - reliably, quickly and efficiently. By 2003, bittorrent had sparked a global revolution in file distribution on the web. Today, we are providing millions of users worldwide with a valuable platform to publish, search and download popular digital content.


What is BitTorrent?

BitTorrent is a protocol designed for transferring files. It is peer-to-peer in nature, as users connect to each other directly to send and receive portions of the file. However, there is a central server (called a tracker) which coordinates the action of all such peers. The tracker only manages connections, it does not have any knowledge of the contents of the files being distributed, and therefore a large number of users can be supported with relatively limited tracker bandwidth. The key philosophy of BitTorrent is that users should upload (transmit outbound) at the same time they are downloading (receiving inbound.) In this manner, network bandwidth is utilized as efficiently as possible. BitTorrent is designed to work better as the number of people interested in a certain file increases, in contrast to other file transfer protocols.

One analogy to describe this process might be to visualize a group of people sitting at a table. Each person at the table can both talk and listen to any other person at the table. These people are each trying to get a complete copy of a book. Person A announces that he has pages 1-10, 23, 42-50, and 75. Persons C, D, and E are each missing some of those pages that A has, and so they coordinate such that A gives them each copies of the pages he has that they are missing. Person B then announces that she has pages 11-22, 31-37, and 63-70. Persons A, D, and E tell B they would like some of her pages, so she gives them copies of the pages that she has. The process continues around the table until everyone has announced what they have (and hence what they are missing.) The people at the table coordinate to swap parts of this book until everyone has everything. There is also another person at the table, who we'll call 'S'. This person has a complete copy of the book, and so doesn't need anything sent to him. He responds with pages that no one else in the group has. At first, when everyone has just arrived, they all must talk to him to get their first set of pages. However, the people are smart enough to not all get the same pages from him. After a short while they all have most of the book amongst themselves, even if no one person has the whole thing. In this manner, this one person can share a book that he has with many other people, without having to give a full copy to everyone that's interested. He can instead give out different parts to different people, and they will be able to share it amongst themselves. This person who we've referred to as 'S' is called a seed in the terminology of bittorrent. There's more about the various terms below.


What do all these different terms in bittorrents means (seeder, tracker, peer and etc.)?

torrent file - a file which describes what file or files are being distributed, where to find parts, and other info needed for the distribution of the file.
peer - one of a group of clients downloading the same file
seed - a complete copy of the file being made available for download.
seeder - a peer that is done downloading a file and is making it available to others.
swarm - a group of seeds and peers sharing the same torrent.
tracker - a server that keeps track of the peers and seeds in a swarm. A tracker does not have a copy of the file, but it helps manage the file transfer process.
leech - usually refers to a peer that is downloading while uploading very little or nothing at all. Sometimes this is unintentional and due to firewall issues. The term leech is also sometimes used to simply refer to a peer that is not seeding yet.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Let's get started

In order to use BitTorrent yourself, you’ll need to download a program which implements the BitTorrent protocol called a BitTorrent client application. It doesn’t matter very much whether you use Max OS X, Windows or Linux – there are BitTorrent clients for each of these platforms.
As there are so many out there, i'm going to just recommend one only so not to confuse you.
I recommend using the Azureus BitTorrent client. It’s the program that best balances ease of use with power. You may need to install Sun's Java program library first.

Downloading and Installing

1. Please go to http://azureus.sourceforge.net/ to download and install "Java JRE" first.

2. Once that is done, only then you download and install Azureus.

3. Once you have done installing, please open Azureus and start editing your configurations.


Configuring your Network to Support BitTorrent

For many users, the hardest part of getting BitTorrent to work is configuring their network and computer properly to work with the BitTorrent client. BitTorrent requires certain network "ports" to be open so that file sharing can operate properly. Since many common home modems, routers and firewall software block traffic to these ports, BitTorrent newbies often must tell their routers to allow BitTorrent to use these ports.




The image “http://azureus.sourceforge.net/img/sc/2.3.0.6/nat_test.png” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

Please make sure you know of a open port specially for Azuerus. Azureus uses port 6881 by default. Many ISPs are blocking ports in the range 6881-6999, so change this on the Connection tab of Tools > Options. Switch this to a number between 49152 and 65535, which avoids ISP blockage and also prevents conflicts with applications on your system.

Keep trying untill you see "Testing Port (your port number)....OK".


Or if you have a router, please log in and open a specific port and label it "bittorrent". And please make sure you know your own ip address on the pc that you are using.

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For full details on Azureus. Click here for the User Guide.

There, now you are done with the simple configurations and we can now move on to downloading stuffs.

Where and how to download.

Where
Initially, you may be confused by the fact that BitTorrents actually consist of two parts. The first part is the Bit Torrent file that you download from the Web. This is a Web site link address (URL) pointing to a file which ends in the .torrent file extension.

The .torrent file instructs your BitTorrent client where on the Internet to begin looking for the second part of the torrent - the actual video file that you want. So, if your BitTorrent client is installed properly, when you click on the .torrent file from the Web site, it will begin downloading the video file immediately.

When your BitTorrent client finishes, you'll actually have both files: the .torrent file and the actual video file. You can then open the video file from your computer to see it.

It's good BitTorrent etiquette to leave your client software running with the downloaded files so that other users can now download parts of the file from your computer. The more files you share from your computer, the more quickly BitTorrent will allow you to download files from other users. So, it's in everyone's interest to run their client software continuously.

Below are some links to websites that have .torrent files

1. http://www.mininova.org/
2. http://www.torrentfive.com/category/Movies/
3. http://www.torrentportal.com/
4. http://www.torrentz.com/


Or you can search from my Torrent Search bar below

Search for Torrent Files


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How
Search for whatever you are looking for in one of these search engines. In our example, I will search for ‘Stargate Atlantis’. So I will go to Mininova, type in ‘Stargate Atlantis’ and hit search. It then brings me to the search results.

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The thing to focus on at this point is making sure you are getting the right file, as in, make sure the title saying something about what you are looking for (you don’t want to get a movie instead of the tv episode!), and more importantly, make sure you are getting the file from the best available torrent. How do you tell which is the best? By looking at the search results at the right.

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Those with a lot of seeds are the ones that will be faster to be downloaded. The outlined columns specify what data on the search grid is important.
  • Size - This is the size of the file. Make sure you have enough hard disk space before downloading!
  • DL = Downloads - The number of times this file has been downloaded. The bigger this is, usually the better, because if many people have gotten it, it is the popular result. In the picture above, you can see the first search result has more downloads (1082) vs. the second result (630), this would lead me to believe the first result is the best file.
  • SE = Seeds - I know I said you wouldn’t have to understand techie words like this, but bear with me, it’s easy! A seed is simply someone who has 100% of the file, and is sharing it in the torrent. The more seeds the torrent has, the faster it will download. You want to make sure the torrent you are downloading from has at least 1 seed. In the picture above, you can see the first search result has more seeds (9) vs. the second result (3), this would lead me to believe the first result is the best served (fastest downloading) file.
  • LE = Leechers - Also known as ‘Peers’ (I know I said you wouldn’t have to know this either ;) ). A leecher is someone who between 0-99% of the file downloaded, and is including the parts he/she has on the torrent. When you begin downloading a torrent, you will become a leecher until you complete the torrent and seed it. With bit torrent, you become part of the torrent, sharing whatever of the file you have, the moment you become a peer/leecher. Typically, the more leechers, the better, because that means more parts of the file are available for download. In the picture above, you can see the first search result has more leechers (23) vs. the second result (8), this would lead me to believe the first result is the most available (also fastest downloading) file.
Clicking on the first search result will bring you to the Mininova's download page. Click on the file that you want to download. This will cause Firefox/IE to ask you if you want to ‘open the file with’ Azureus, or if you want to save it to disk. Save it and open the file with Azureus.

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Once you have downloaded the .torrent file, open the file with Azureus. Or you can simply just double clicking the .torrent file and Azureus will launch.
Once open, Azureus will ask you where to save the movie file. Select where you want to save it, and click save. You will now begin downloading the torrent. The status of the torrent is indicated on the top half of Azureus.
  • The ‘Done’ column indicates what percent of your file is done
  • the ’seeds’ column indicates how many seeds there are for this torrent
  • The ‘peers’ column indicates how many peers there are for this torrent.
  • The ‘Down Speed’ column tells you what your download speed is

Azureus save dialogue


When the file is complete, it gets moved to the bottom half of Azureus, and you begin seeding it for the torrent. The file is complete! WooooHoooo!

CONGRATS!!!!Now you can start watching it, installing it, listening to it, etc....

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Latest Bittorrent Downloads.Updated Daily.

MOVIES


TV PROGRAMS




MUSIC


EBOOKS


(please feel free to request for other catagories to put in besides these by commenting. Thank You)


Coming Soon.
How to open certain downloaded bittorrent files.
Disclaimer

Make sure you check with your local, state and country's laws. In some cases you may be downloading (and uploading) copyrighted material. So far, there hasn't been a legal case that we know of where broadcast TV networks have stopped or wanted to stop BitTorrent downloads of their shows, but we have heard that pay networks like Showtime, HBO, etc. have sent letters to some individuals for sharing recorded TV. This is all new territory for the most part, and it will be interesting to see what happens and if the TV networks realize that this could be their future distribution chain. I'm in no way encouraging you to do anything which is illegal. This blog is just mearly for infomation.