The Return of the Prodigal – Demonoid is Back

April 11, 2008

Holy crap, Demonoid is back!

What was once arguably the best of the private Bittorent trackers, Demonoid started being beset by problems last June, and finally went down apparently permanently last November, after a rather frantic server move. It was unclear to most folks whether the problem was legal issues, server or hosting issues, or issues that the site admin (Deimos) had to work out unrelated to the site.

After appearing down for the count, Demonoid is now back up, under the management of a friend of the old side admin. Old logins still work — if you had an account, you can probably log back in in now, although users are warned to expect some sporadic downtime.

More details are available from Torrent Freak.

Disclaimer: I don’t suggest doing anything that’s illegal in whatever jurisdiction you may happen to live in (yes, there are legitimate uses for bittorrents). I also do not have any invitations available, and I will delete any requests for invites unanswered.

FIOS, BitTorrent and Traffic Shaping

September 4, 2007

I’ve been known to consume the occasional torrent (always something blatantly legal, of course), and being a good BitTorrent user, I maintain a reasonable seed ratio.

Lately I’ve been running into slow seeding on my FIOS line. Worse, I’ve had inordinate slowdowns on the rest of my traffic while seeding. Recently, this has clamped down so tightly that while seeding I’ve had trouble even sending mail on another workstation. It was looking fairly clear that Verizon was clamping down the BitTorrent traffic shaping on FIOS.

Today I ran across this article, and decided to give it a try.

I run Azureus, and just by changing my encryption setting from “plain” to RC4, and enabling the “Lazy Bitfield” option, my seeding speeds jumped by an order of magnitude — and I can send email at the same time.

If you’re running BitTorrent over FIOS, you might want to give this a try…

Grockster ruling.

June 28, 2005

I’ve been trying to decide just what to say about the Grokster ruling, but I’ve been at a loss for words. Over the long haul, it’s pretty clear that this isn’t going to fix the RIAA or MPAA’s obsolete business models. Over the short haul, however, the chilling effect that this could have on technology is massive.

Mark Cuban thinks that the litigation environment is going to become extreme, and that the only people who are going to actually make money on all of this are the lawyers and the lobbyists.

With the Grokster ruling, going forward, just how onerous will the protection language be for purchases of, or investments in digital technology ? Will it be enough for the target company to promise that they complied ?

Or, will contract appendixes have copies of all marketing materials as confirmation that the target company never induced anyone to infringe on a copyright ? What about emails sent to prospects and customers ? Will we have to save them all to confirm what we did or didnt suggest when marketing and promoting the technology ?

Is this the start of a “Sarbanes Oxley” type environment for technology companies ? Will companies have to save and document everything they do in the marketing and promoting of their technologies ? Will they, or rather, should they video all presentations and record all phone calls ?

How else can we know that we are protected against unwarranted law suits that are used as competitive weapons to slow new technologies ?

Ultimately, this can’t last (he says hopefully), but I think it’s clear that at least for now, the groundhog has seen his shadow and we’re going to be putting up with this miserable situation for a good while yet…

P2P by Mail – Peerflix Co-Founder Interviewed

May 23, 2005

The F-Stop Blues has a great interview with Peerflix Co-founder Billy McNair.

Peerflix is essentially a “peer-to-peer” Netflix — each DVD is assigned a value in the Peerflix system (typically 1, 2 or 3 “peerbux”); you list the DVDs you have, and the ones you want. When someone wants one you have, you mail it, and receive peerbux that are used to order DVDs on your want list. Peerflix maintains the system and trades, provides mailers, etc., and charges you $0.99 for the trade.

Even though the system is still “in beta”, it’s had a lot of media attention and growth over the past few months…

Peerflix currently has nearly 30,000 DVDs available on the network and that number is growing by the thousands each week. The availability of a growing number of titles across a wide spectrum of genres makes the Peerflix service more and more valuable and useful to our members each day!