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A few years back I made the complete transition to Macs for my daily work and computing tasks. During this transition I assumed I had to switch to a new bittorrent  client since I was using bitcomet at the time. Naturally I just googled bittorent for Mac, and naturally what popped up as the best solution was Transmission. I used Transmission for my bittorent needs for about 3 weeks before I started to notice a huge problem, torrents were taking about 1 week on average to download, large files around 50gb would take about 3 months, predicting from how much had already downloaded. Settings were the same, ports were open, internet was working just fine, seeds were through the roof. I never took the time to try to look at all the infinite amount of issues that could be wrong, I  manually added trackers, which as everyone should know, you can only add one or two more trackers in Transmission, which is pathetic (I usually add…oh about 130), which allows my 50mb down 20mb up package to really blaze.

So I decided to start using utorrent for the first time. This turned out to be a great choice, it’s small (size is tiny like 603kb) , and its lightweight, meaning it doesn’t clog up my memory like Azureus did or Bitcomet, it runs just fine in the background and its super simple to use it has no adds or annoying popups. I swapped over my existing torrents, one being about 30gb in size, from Transmission to utorrent, and that 30gb torrent that was only 3% complete after 3 WEEKS with Transmission, it was completely downloaded about 4 hours later with utorrent, no additional trackers added!

So if your looking for a lightweight yet robust bittorent app for you MAC (or PC too), I definitely recommend utorrent.

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Posted: July 14, 2008 in Favorite Sites, Google, Opinions and Rants
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Hey I keep it simple around here, especially lately with my tight schedule and all. I don’t have a couple thousands seconds to spare, but I did want to mention these two awesome apps for geolocating your friends, its like a “alive twitter”, with geographic locationing, well, youll see what I mean just check out these links
http://www.citysense.com/home.php

http://www.loopt.com/

Cool apps to have if you own an iphone, even better with 3G.

I can help! If you need my help, click on the I CAN HELP icon to the lower right, and it will direct you to my Crossloop profile. I just set it up so that I can help out anyone in need. Its safe and secure, and naturally I promote open source software, and TRUE freeware. The software, Crossloop, which is just f*ckin awesome and completely FREE, is much like (but better than) PCanywhere. It essentially allows me to help you in, as if I was sitting at your desktop. As I said the software is a completely free download, no registration or any crap like that, just click download and install it. I do charge for help but the fees are very reasonable and cheaper than taking it to some Geek squad or some guy down at the mom and pops store that speaks broken english, and much better than the Indian call centers tech support.

Yours Truly,

Exempt

Pretty cool website for someone with a taste for competition, compete with the world in numerous catagories, check it out and you’ll see what I mean. Created by Cash Warren, Jessica Alba’s boyfriend, gained some popularity when she started a staring contest. Well Im not fan of Alba, she’s a stuck up girl , who seemed to forget where she came from (Pomona California) , a very shitty ghetto area. I like down to earth real people, who keep a foot on every step of the ladder on the climb to success. Anyways enough on my rant, check the website out, its decent.

http://www.ibeatyou.com

I had mentioned before about the kudos that goes out to CrossLoop, a *Completely free* remote desktop assisting solution. It is not shareware, and is not crippled by not donating, it’s completely free. I use the application quiet frequently when I am helping out a friend, or when I need to help a client out, and majority of the time I don’t leave feedback, but last night I did leave a small feedback, and within an hour, I received this:

Hey – First of all: thank you very much for your support! We are happy to
see that you will continue using us – hopefully again and again and again!
You don’t see it but every positive response or a new story/blog post about
us means a lot to a small team working hard at bringing smiles to our users
🙂

Second of all, we would love to have you use it again and again – so let’s
try to solve your issue of “slow CrossLoop” 🙂 First thing right off which I
would suggest, try it again. If it is still slow, try these remedies:

1.) Speed is very dependent on a lot of things, the very first of which is
your internet connection speed. We recommend at least broadband internet
connection. So – I think this is the first issue which might be slowing you
down. It also depends on the quality of the connection as well as the speed.
Obviously the faster and more reliable the better. Make sure your connection
is fast and reliable.

2.) If your internet connection is fine, my guess is: It’s slow probably
because Crossloop is using higher resolution. Try adjusting the quality to
low and give it a try. To do this – just click on the gear icon and choose
“Change image quality” from the menu. Change it to low. (Version 1.14
automatically adjusts the color quality to low with slow connections so that
helps some – but sometimes it is best to adjust manually).

3.) Something to take into account: Most of the times, a p2p session is
established which is much faster than the backup. If the p2p connection is
not established, we use our servers as a backup which slows things down.

If you continue to be disappointed, do email me. I will have tech support
look into your environment and maybe help you speed it up a little.

Lastly and Finally: I recommend that you also subscribe to our blog
(http://www.crossloop.typepad.com) for new releases and updates. You can use
an RSS Feed Reader or through your email on the top right under the picture.

For example – we just added a small video demonstration of CrossLoop 2.0
free accounts – our new release! If you are not sure how to use all the
tools on the site you can simply take a look at the video, see how it all
works:

http://crossloop.typepad.com/bringing_people_closer/2007/12/crossloop-raise.
html
   – scroll down to “What’s new?” section.

Of course if you are curious about any features of the new CrossLoop 2.0 –
the blog has all the information you need.

Or if you are helping someone, and would like to show them how to install or
use CrossLoop without talking them through on the phone or IM, just refer
them to this link on our blog, and they’ll see how to install CrossLoop
(this is the older v1.2 site but the actions are exactly the same):

http://crossloop.typepad.com/bringing_people_closer/2007/09/crossloop-scree.
html

All future versions, new features, news, clarifications, etc. will be
announced through our blog. This is a great resource for any level
crosslooper! Haha! 🙂

Please keep the feedbacks coming – we love to listen and learn – especially
the ones that help us improve.

I am a “real” person and we all would like to know one at the company we
work with – If you have any questions in the future, please feel free to
email me anytime.

Happy Holidays to you from our team and myself!

Thanks
Dmitry

User Advocate
CrossLoop, Inc. | www.crossloop.com
Stay tuned @ our blog http://www.crossloop.typepad.com

——————–Original Message——————-
Would you use Cross Loop again?

>Yes I would but man, even when two 5mb down 1.5mb up connections are
connected it kinda runs lagggggy, but hell its free, I cant complain!
>

And the response was by a “real” person lol, cheers again to CrossLoop, for maintaining such a solid support system when the product is completely free!

Ive been using Crossloop for some time now, and I’m in love with it! If you don’t know what Crossloop is, it’s a very simple to install and use desktop sharing application. Much like the PCanywhere from back in the day, but free, and much easier, and of course safe. I’ve been using it to help blog visitors, or friends that need help with problems or settings on their computers, it’s extremely convenient. As long as Crossloop continues to stay free and easy to use,  it’s on a good path for success.

So far I have performed over 14 apptapp installer “upgrades” to various iphones,  from firmware 1.0 to the newest 1.1.1 . The only time I have bricked the iphone, is when I had an unlocked carrier iphone. Okay let me clarify this for the non-techies that used jailbreakme… You can safely update your iphone to 1.1.1 from any other firmware version (without any time costly setbacks), as long as you never unlocked your iphone to work on another service provider , like T-mobile, Sprint, etc. (HOWEVER even if you DO update to 1.1.1 and your phone becomes bricked, (disabled) you can always revert back to an older firmware HERE  to unbrick, and still use 1.1.1) OR you can use the ($80) turbosim method and continue using your iphone on another carrier. So basically what I am telling you is that you CAN update to 1.1.1 and have no major consequences regardless of whether or not you temporarily brick your iphone.  I think I should note that installing the 1.1.1 update DOES remove all your previously installed third party apps, and if your like me and have 25+ applications and customizations it can take a while to reinstall all of them and have your iphone working in it’s previous full glory, also NOT according to rumor, you DO NOT lose your contacts, or any frakkin information PERIOD. Backing up is always suggested and any common Joe-Sixpack  should be already backing up their information anyways however…   I currently have my iphone working with T-mobile, At&t (obviously), and vodaphone (overseas provider). Iphonesimfree is also another alternative for those wanting to use another service provider, and does not mind paying a small fee. If you have any questions feel free to drop a comment, I’m doing my best to respond to all the traffic and emails.