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H33t Torrent Site down

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The popular website h33t.com had been down since January 2, 2009 and has never been back up until now. Some members expressed concern that the famed torrent site might have been hijacked. Apparently, according to some users it was only temporary since it was a router issue and it’s on the way to being fixed.

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UPDATE: H33t is now Up

As quoted on downtime
  • H33t is down for the first time in almost 3 years. It happened because the server payment didn’t make it due to the holidays.
    LD has addressed the issue and it will be up as soon as the host clears the payment.
    I’ve had direct contact from LD and the issue should be resolved shortly.

    There is no problem with the servers. The server is new and purchased by the membership. A brand new server was recently
    purchased and put online. The forums and other items run on a second server. Thats why both sites went down. It was due to hosting rather than server. H33t actually owns it’s servers rather than renting them.

    Blazer
    H33t Salamander

Globelines Broadband acid test

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Here I present my acid test of the service provided by Innove’s Globelines Broadband in Makati. I have been a subscriber to their ISP in Quezon City before and was satisfied from the very beginning, but things are slightly different here in Makati as I presently see it. I applied for their wired 995 Plan which offers 1mbps bandwidth. Their Sales Rep told me that there are no lock-in periods for Globelines subscriber in my area and anytime I wish to terminate the connection, I can do so without hassles. Obviously, that’s not the case. It also took them a good 10 days to process my request and the technicians sent to my place had a hard time getting the DSL light in the modem steady. They spent almost three hours troubleshooting and configuring the lines and the switch cabinets I guess.

Now comes the fishy part. You should remember that I applied for 1mbps but the speed I am having is dismal, and visibly in all the tests I performed of the connections – produced only a maximum of only 384kbps. That’s the speed of Smartbro. So as of now, I’ll write nothing against Globelines and the speed they are currently providing. I will be spending the whole month monitoring the speeds, and if need be, ask for rebates and compensations. If they produce the speed I’m paying for, then I guess I’ll commend the great service here in Makati. However, if things go south, rest assured that my observations and rants will not go unnoticed. So let us wait and see until Globelines comply and deliver as they promised.

As of the meantime, these are the rated speeds I got from the tests I performed:

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Top Browsers of 2008 Showdown

2008 is the resurgence of the Internet Browser wars. I have here listed the Browsers I try frequently myself. I suggest that you try to check all these stuff first before installing your browser of choice.

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Demonoid.com back online – popular torrent site lives!

I received a message in my E-mail today from Gate_keeper, a staff from popular Demonoid torrent website and it read:

Hello THE11thROCK,
We are pleased to inform you that Demonoid.com is finally back online

The rest of the message I have no intentions presently to post online, but what a relief for all the waiting fans and general public to finally confirm that the popular torrent tracker has finally landed home. It appears that Umlauf has replaced his friend Deimos indefinitely as site admin. I personally checked out the site and without a doubt, the site is definitely back, hopefully for good.

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For the uninitiated, a BitTorrent tracker is a server which assists in the communication between peers using the BitTorrent protocol . And Demonoid (again, the name itself is not in anyway related to any of the site activity or of the supernatural realms) is one favorite site tracker for file-sharers alike. Note: In most countries, it is illegal to distribute copyrighted material without the permission of the copyright holder. So be sure to share only legitimate files.

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The Top 10 Golden Rules of safe Internet surfing

Are you a World Wide Web lurker? Ok, no offense meant. You are a light-saber wielding Internet wanderer. Better? Here are my personal guidelines so that you’ll be in a much safer zone when browsing the net.

  • Lose IE (Internet Explorer) and use Firefox, K-Meleon or Opera instead
    • Forget about unfixed bugs, worms, and unpatched holes. I prefer Firefox and it’s better equipped due to the tons of plug-ins. It also lets you handle phishing and harmful javascript with ease.
  • Use a Firewall
    • Ever used ICS Firewall for Windows? Whew. Trash it and use Comodo or Sygate firewall. Keeps hackers and unauthorized intruders at bay.
  • Use an Antivirus, Antispyware, AntiAdware, AntiMalware, AntiKeylogger, Trojan and Worm remover
    • Its a cruel world out there. Without the necessary security measures, you are left defenseless. Like a lamb led to slaughter. Use AVG for real-time defense, and install Avast and NOD32 (but don’t activate them automatically) handy for manual scanning. AVG antispyware and Spybot Search and Destroy for those bots. Ad-aware cleans-up your PC from those pesky adwares. Threatfire is great for security threats and malwares. For CWS worms use CWS shredder. Continue reading

Best Torrent Clients of 2008

Here is an overview of the most popular file downloading software for torrent file sharing of 2008. I’ve included some of their features and what makes each client rock or suck. Personal experience may vary for each user, so my take on this maybe different from yours. However, my review of these clients may be of help to you in choosing a better torrent client.

µTorrent
Popular as both “u-torrent” and “micro torrent”, this is the most popular torrent tool today for newbies and geeks alike. µTorrent has all the functions a torrent downloader will ever need, and it only requires 1 MB of hard drive space and memory. µTorrent has all the downloading and seeding performance of its competitors, but with minimal impact to the rest of your computer’s speed. What makes me use this is that it has a portable version, pretty nifty for immediate use in any PC. Beware, however, if not properly configured, µtorrent can suck away all your bandwidth thereby rendering other net-activities paralyzed.

  • Multiple simultaneous downloads
  • Smart bandwidth usage
  • File level priorities
  • Configurable bandwidth scheduling
  • Global and per-torrent speed limiting
  • Quickly resumes interrupted transfers
  • UPnP support (WinXP only)
  • Supports popular protocol extensions
  • Trackerless support (Mainline DHT)
  • Localized to different languages
  • Typical memory use less than 6 MB
  • Incredibly small: 105 KB

BitLord
This is my favorite client. A popular tool that has a built-in torrent search engine…you may never need to use a torrent search web site ever again with this software. Never had any problems or headaches with Bitlord, though if you check at times, some trackers might try to block Bitlord for some reasons.

  • Automatic optimization for different connections.
  • Automatic optimization of uploads to achieve the max download
  • Reduces fragmentation on the drive.
  • Eliminates the time-consuming hashing when seeding / resume.
  • Allows some firewalled or “NAT’d” users to connect to each other.
  • Compliant with XP‘s restrictions on the TCP stack by SP2.
  • Block IP’s temporarily or permanently.
  • All downloads are received through a single port.
  • No manual ICS or ICF configuration required.
  • Automatically configures UPnP compatible routers
  • Can find peers from more than one source.
  • Supports the UTF-8 character set.
  • Automatically checks for new versions.
  • Over 19 languages supported.
  • Support for eDonkey (Beta version only)

Azureus
A Java language client; was considered “king” of the torrent programs until uTorrent software came along and took that crown away. Azureus is a memory and performance hog. Users are scared away because of the performance hit. If you have less than 512mb RAM and you’re a gamer like me, skip this.

  • Manual peer upload blocking (when seeding) and kick-banning
  • Control added to not cache small files
  • Advanced network settings: MTU, SO_RCVBUF, SO_SNDBUF, IPTOS
  • Plugin support for installing and uninstaling plugins
  • Client identification plugin interface
  • Separate protocol payload and overhead stats
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Top 5 Torrent Sites of 2007

BitTorrent (BT) is a peer-to-peer (P2P) communications protocol for file sharing. A BitTorrent client is any program which implements the BitTorrent protocol. Each client is capable of preparing, requesting, and transmitting any type of computer file over a network, using the protocol. A peer is any computer running an instance of a client.

To share a file or group of files, a peer first creates a “torrent.” This is a small file which contains metadata about the files to be shared, and about the tracker, the computer that coordinates the file distribution. Peers that want to download the file first obtain a torrent file for it, and connect to the specified tracker which tells them from which other peers to download the pieces of the file.

This is a list of the Five most popular torrent sites as listed:

Warning: While P2P file sharing technology is completely legal, many of the files traded through P2P are copyrighted. Unless you live in a country where users are shielded from P2P lawsuits, then downloading P2P files may put you at risk for a civil lawsuit in any other nation. These lawsuits are usually class-action suits, filed against groups of users who blatantly copy and distribute copyrighted materials. Please know this risk before you use any of the following Torrent search engines below.

Demonoid The best torrent site in the planet. Nice community. You’ll have to wait though for you to be able to get a membership. The membership registration is tightly scheduled so be sure to check in time.

Torrentspy.com offers over 420,000 torrents in its database, the largest torrent index that is readily available to the public. Very good user feedback to verify if any file is infected by Virii or not. Enjoy it while you can.

The Pirate Bay (Pirate Bay, by readership size, is the most popular torrent search site today. Pirate Bay has an immense database of 360,000 torrents, the third largest database after Isohunt and Torrentspy.)

Mininova.org has 150,000 torrents indexed as of December, 2006. Mininova is the successor to Suprnova, one of the original big torrent databases of the Web. Smooth interface and chart displays for seeders and peers.

Isohunt.com Very good in searching for files otherwise not available in most torrent sites. Isohunt has nearly 400,000 torrents in their database. Any Isohunt torrent listed as “ISOhunt release” means that it is an authentic file as verified by the administrators. Sadly, Isohunt is being sued by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) for copyright infringement.

h33t.com Not in the Top 5 but is worth special mention. However, it seems that H33t was taken down lately for it had been down for several days. Checked: Nevermind, just checked it, h33t’s up and back in business again.