Archive for October, 2009

Yes, last week I posted on the Best 10 P2P websites and had peers šŸ˜‰ asking question’s on the best torrent sites to look for, the true thing is many users donā€™t know which torrent sites can be trusted when it comes to viruses, malware, etc. So I have compiled a list of the best torrent sites so anyone can easily find a reliable and trustworthy torrent site to use. If you have any favorite torrent sites of your own, you can share them in the comments. I have ranked by a combination of Inbound Links, Google Page Rank, Alexa Rank, users opinions, high speed downloads and traffic data, so hope it works for you…

1) The Pirate Bay

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Who else it can be then the master himself, I guess it as violated all their country’s copyright laws, but who cares today, this is the most popular torrent site on the web today. It hosts more then 1.3 million torrents. It also has a nice and simple design with non-intrusive ads at the sides. The search facility works very well as well which makes finding specific files easier. There are various categories ranging from movies, applications, games, pictures, animation, etc. You can also view the top 100 torrents from each of these categories to find the best torrents available and at any given point in time, more than 30 million peers actively trade files thought the Pirate Bay tracker. I did hear the four Pirate Bay founders were sentenced to a year in prison, and over $USD 3.5 million in fines, not sure after that. But good thing it’s still up and running healthy.

2) Mininova

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Mininova has been a steady performer with more than 4 billion torrents being downloaded this year already. Mininova originally came into existence after the end of SuprNova. Mininova is arguably the second best torrent site on the web right now. The torrents are very well organized and pretty good policy governs it and I believe by which it is no where to go in the long run..

3) ISOhunt

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They call them-self the most advanced BitTorrent search engine and by no means with cross-referenced trackers statistics for all torrents indexed updated to the hour, this is the best P2P files search engine I have seen, Isohunt is good torrent search engine which sorts the results with maximum peers so users can quickly search and download their required files. They also added SSL encryption to the site like piratebay did last year, making it impossible for your ISP or the authorities to monitor usersā€™ activities. So cheers to ISOhunt..

4) Torrentz

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Torrentz.com, one of the oldest torrent sites I have seen, The site as a ā€œverified torrentsā€ feature an thing inspired many other meta-search engines which to do the same. As a very unique feature I have seen of being able to search among files inside the torrents themselves. It also does not show results which have 0 seeds and it as over 1,500,000 monthly visitor from US alons as of the last month, pretty good figure..

5) Torrentfly

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TorrentFly is an advanced and fully customizable real-time search engine for bit-torrents. There servers scan the largest torrent websites on the internet and come up with the best results and TorrentFly is able to detect and remove fake/dead torrents. Accept the fact that TorrentFly is a legal website; so they do not host any copyrighted content, neither host or link directly to any .torrent files, as I said accept the fact this sites gonna run longer than any making it to the top 5. Don’t believe it as over 5 billion searches served so far.

6) Demonoid

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Many people love Demonoid, me too, but there is some you need to hate just pulling it down the charts, it’s downtime and server problems. Do you remember 1 feature of Demonoid, mMembers are responsible for users that they invite, so if somebody invites someone who is leeching 24 hrs, then both will suffer the consequences. My point of view I love it, bcoz ensures a nice and healthy downloading experience among users. But Demonoid as serious threats of being offline following from the CRIA, so lets watch out..

7) BTjunkie

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It as over 2.5 million active torrents and from 5,000-25,000 torrents added daily, so you will find no shortage of what you’re looking for here. It is also a great source to find your required files due to its huge torrent database and has a firefox plugin for quick searching right from your browser window. I remember in December 2007 BTjunkie was forced to leave their ISP following a takedown notice from the Dutch anti-piracy outfit BREIN, but later from 2008 they had no Issues and with strong users to uphold it..

8) Torrentportal

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For BitTorrent sites that is usually a good thing. Traffic seems to be stable, although the site is not growing as fast as the other BitTorrent sites in this list. They do so TorrentPortal is like Googleā„¢ in that it only links to .torrent metafiles and takes a cache of such files. None of the data transferred by or stored on TorrentPortal servers is content linked to by .torrent files. But I see lot of excellent remarks on this site so making it to the Top 10 on my list…

9) Sumotorrent

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Like many torrent sites lately, Sumo is powered by adult ads hehehe. But several readers have reported that they like the data visibility of the torrent results at Sumo. Sumotorrent is a fast growing torrent site with more then 2.5 million torrents and thousands more being added daily. My experience the pop-ups and redirects are annoying, and donā€™t make it one of the most convenient sites to browse though it’s rich features. So here it is @ number 9.

10) Torrentbox

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Last but not the least Torrentbox, again one of the best torrent sites around today, works superb if you have a P2P like Utorrent. Nothing big news about this site in the recent past after Torrentbox being sued by the MPAA in 2006, now has good database of users and steady progress on torrent updates..

Here are some other top mentions: torrentreactor.net, onlytorrents.com, Fenopy.com, seedpeer.com, torrents.to, which may have not made it to the top 10, but are very close and best of there kind..

So here are the top of the list, the opinions may vary as usual, as not all of our fingers are the same ;), but do leave a comment on what do you love about these or what you hate about these. Also this is not a promotion of any of these torrent sites, but rather as a information to users of what the best the INTERNET as to offer to you..

So as the title concluded I am not listing the P2P programs in the top ten order, bcoz I know each one of us have varied opinions on the P2P programs we use. So I will it to you to choose the best one for your needs, saying that let’s start my this week blog on yet another interesting technology P2P:

Millions of people make use of free P2P file sharing programs everyday – software to exchange music, video and other files over the Internet. P2P file sharing tools are so popular among the young today like us ;). But all p2p tools are not well for all the countries according to performance. I made a list of 10 popular p2p software which are well known and popular for their performance world wide.

1) Bittorrent:

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This is one of best, fastest, safe and widely used p2p program. Performance of BitTorrent is way better then any other available P2P programs. BitTorrent is a free P2P software application. As I see BitTorrent is a good default option as a mainline peer-to-peer client and performs admirably, but it’s puzzling why BitTorrent incorporated the uTorrent code without actually combining the two clients together. Supported Operating System: Windows, Linux, Mac

2) LimeWire

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Once king of p2p file sharing, still in great demand today. LimeWire is a fast, easy-to-use file sharing program that contains no spyware, adware or other bundled software. Compatible with all major platforms and running over the Gnutella network, LimeWireā€™s open source code, is freely available to the public and developed in part by a devoted programmer community. LimeWire is offered in dozens of languages and is available in LimeWire BASIC, a free version. Supported Operating System: Windows, Linux, Mac, OSX

3) Vuze

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One of the fastest growing P2P software as of today, so don’t want to miss this. Vuze overcomes the usual obscure torrent client interface and makes it more of a complete visual media experience; an expansive network makes it easy to find HD video content. Supported Operating System: Windows, Linux, Mac

4) ĀµTorrent

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ĀµTorrent by no doubt is another efficient P2P client, designed for Windows. It needs as little CPU, memory and space as possible and offers good functionality that advanced clients expect. It has most of the features present in other BitTorrent clients. uTorrent is still the top choice for file sharing on peer-to-peer networks, with a tiny memory footprint and plenty of controls for managing bandwidth and more importantly free again. Supported Operating System: Windows, Linux

5) Ares Galaxy

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Ares is a free open source p2p file sharing program that enables users to share any digital file. Some features that set it apart from other p2p softwares is its powerful library organizer, chat rooms, built-in audio and video player. Ares network not as great as others but compensates through other features. Supported Operating system: Windows XP, Vista

6) Shareaza

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This was one of early p2p program when p2p was still new concept. It supports wide variety of networks like Gnutella, Gnutella2, EDonkey Network, BitTorrent, FTP and HTTP network protocols and which can handle magnet links, ed2k links, Piolet links, and the now deprecated Gnutella links. Shareza has billions of users and uncountable numbers of files shared across shareaza network. Supported Operating System: Windows XP, Vista.

7) Bearshare

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Bearshare lets you share files and download from everyone on the global Gnutella peer-to-peer information network, just like limewire. You can download the latest mp3 music, movies and much more. What sets Bearshare apart from other P2P networks is its Instant Messaging system. You can have your own profile picture and interact with other people. Supported Operating System: Windows XP, Vista.

8) Kazaa

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Like Shareaza, Kaaza was one of best and most popular p2p during early days of p2p evolution. but in past few year due to many issues like virus infected files, lawsuite, spywares, Kazaa has lost its
popularity. However kazaa has been continually trying to make Kazaa network virus and spyware free with many new features like built in virus scanner, infected file blocking made available in latest Kazaa Client to protect users. Kazaa Lite is one of best client of Kazaa P2P network for file sharing. Supported Operating System: Windows XP, Vista.

9) Soulseek

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Soluseek central server type of P2P file sharing application. Soluseek is good old
p2p file sharing program best of sharing music files. ad-free, spyware-free, just plain free file sharing application. It is good p2p software for finding non-mainstream music. It was created by a former Napster programmer, Nir Arbel. It’s virtual rooms allow you to meet people with the same interests, share information, and chat, so it is a great way to make new friends. Supported Operating System: Windows.

10) eMule

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eMule is one of the biggest p2p file sharing clients around the world. It is based on the eDonkey2000 network but offers more features than the standard client. eMule is easy to configure, but also, with many options and controls, good for the advanced user. Thanks to its open source policy many developers are able to contribute to the project, making the network more efficient with each release.
The chief limitation of eMule’s P2P file sharing program is its speed: eMule typically performs downloading much slower than other P2P clients. ient to protect users. Kazaa Lite is one of best client of Kazaa P2P network for file sharing. Supported Operating System: Windows XP, Vista.

Also there are many other good P2P which I may have not listed above like:
eDonkey / Overnet,
WinMX,
Morpheus,
iMesh,
KCeasy,
StrongDC++,
Frostwire,
BitComet,
BitLord,
Azureus, etc..

All of this one way or the other as it’s own unique functionality and feature which really makes them ready to use, so you shouldn’t be un-happy if you currently used P2P is not on this list šŸ™‚

Have a great week and watch out for yet another intresting post next week, till then Happy Peer 2 Peer Sharing.

Aren’t you the one of 100,000 lucky users who got an invitation to Google Wave, hmm then nothing to worry you can get a preview of it right here in my blog..

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Google’s real-time communication and collaboration service, which entered its public preview last month, has a fascinating motivating concept behind it: The service combines e-mail with instant messaging and real-time collaboration in a way that’s as confusing as it is clever. So what is Google Wave Really

“Google Wave is “a personal communication and collaboration tool” announced by Google at the Google I/O conference. It is typically a web-based service, computing platform, and communications protocol designed to merge e-mail, instant messaging, wiki, and social networking. It has a strong collaborative and real-time focus supported by extensions that can provide, for example, robust spelling/grammar checking, automated translation between 40 languages, and numerous other extensions”

If you use Chrome, Firefox, or Safari as your Web browser, you should all set, but if you use Internet Explorer you’ll first need to install the Google Chrome Frame plug-in. (Sorry Opera loversā€”that browser isn’t supported yet.) Just head over to wave.google.com and click on the “Request an invitation” link to apply. Once you’ve been approved, you can just sign in with your regular Google account and start using the service. The design is a three-panel layout, with navigation and contacts down the left, the inbox in the center, and the actual wave content on the right. (For purposes of discussion, a lower-case “wave” indicates an instance of communication; an upper-case Wave refers to the Google app itself.) Any of these can be minimized to give more space to the area you want to concentrate on.

Google Wave is designed as the next generation of Internet communication. It is written in Java using OpenJDK; its web interface uses the Google Web Toolkit. Instead of sending a message and its entire thread of previous messages or requiring all responses to be stored in each user’s inbox for context, objects known as waves contain a complete thread of multimedia messages (blips) and are located on a central server. Waves are shared and collaborators can be added or removed at any point during a wave’s existence

But What Will We Use Google Wave For?

Personally I can’t wait to use it to take meeting minutes collaboratively and to co-write documents like blog posts and articles on line, also you could see using Wave as group chatā€”but with in line and private replies, which are key. Also there is the live multiple editing feature where more than one person can work on a document at the same time. Google Wave provides federation using an extension of XMPP, the open Wave Federation Protocol. Being an open protocol, anyone can use it to build a custom Wave system and become a wave provider. Google hopes that waves may replace e-mail as the dominant form of Internet communication. A key feature of the protocol is that waves are stored on the service provider’s servers instead of being sent between users. Waves are federated; copies of waves and wavelets are distributed by the wave provider of the originating user to the providers of all other participants in a particular wave or wavelet so all participants have immediate access to up-to-date content. The originating wave server is responsible for hosting, processing, and concurrency control of waves.

Wave is a completely extensible platform, like Firefox. Wave extensions come in two flavors: gadgets and robots.

A gadget is a piece of rich content that you can add to a wave. A few example gadgets are available in the Gadget gallery.

Here is one interesting gadget I saw on the Wav, it’s Ribbit conference call gadget. Add it to a wave, and everyone adds their phone number to it. (You only see your own number, not everyone else’s.) Click the “Start Conference” button, and everyone’s phone ringsā€”and you’re on the phone, while you collaborate on a wave.

Robots are email addresses that you add to your contact list. Then, when you are in need of their services, you add a bot to a wave so they can perform some action on its contents. A robot can modify the contents of a wave, and several already exist that do silly to useful actions.

For example, Eliza the Robot Shrink will chat with you about anythingā€”useful when you’re the only one of your friends who has a Wave invite and you’ve no one to talk to.

It’s hard to know what Google Wave will look like in its final form. Right now, it’s as intriguing in its possibilities as it is frustrating in its disorganization. If a third-party developer can iron out the organizational problems, Wave should be a winner. Also, more rights controls are neededā€”you may only want some participants to view the wave, and you might want leaders to be able to veto others’ actions. As it is now, anyone can edit any other participant’s contributions. It’s clearly not yet time to pass judgment on Waveā€”it’s a new implementation of an idea with lots of potential as a communication platform that could become either the wave of the future or another Google Lively.

Here is a complete Developer Preview of Google Wave:

Leave a comment if you are interested and let me see if I can get back-link to get a easy invite to Google wave.