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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.

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.

Yes it blows that it is only for intel macs, but it’s not hard to find someone with one, just visit a local Starbucks,  man up, and ask them if you can use it in front of them to do something on your iphone, if they say no,  just grab it and run….just kidding!

ifuntastic v2.1 is a updated version of the original ifuntastic (obviously), it allows you to add custom ringtones and make other customizations to your iphone, for the direct download click HERE, or visit the main website for more information: http://www.iphonealley.com/news/ifuntastic-gets-an-update-again

Just goto http://www.plusmo.com in your mobile Safari browser and click away, there are a quiet a few handy widgets that I tend to use, MovieTimes is very useful, as well as Joke of the Day (to kill time waiting in lines), as well as hundreds of other tiny apps, that are specifically optimized for your iphone. I didn’t hyperlink plusmo.com since, you should go to it on your iphone, not your desktop/laptop.

Cheers

Using a simple interface, anywhere you can access the internet, you can set up a free chat room, that way Grandma or Mommy doesn’t have to download and install anything. It’s simple, yet effective, and if you use Torpark, on a open wifi, then you are almost completely anonymous 🙂 Enjoy :

http://www.chatmaker.net/

Here are topics I was supposed to, but didn’t have the time to, blog about, here is the list, basically, it’s a list of links to some cool shit. My bad, I’ve been busy, and didn’t have the time to research and write about em… This is just a partial list, you can see the full list on my other blog here: My Blogspot Blog is a little more on the dark side of the internet, meaning, I post more in depth methods to alternative ummm methods. However any pertinent information that I want to syndicate, usually makes it to both sites.

Real Time Satellite Tracking | Just what it says, you can track satellites in real time, if your tech saavy you can even get real time video streams from the satellite, don’t ask me how, but it is all legal, all free.

Comparison of BitTorrent Software | Courtesy of Wikipedia, it’s a fairly thorough review on a lot of torrent software for multiple OS’s.

Cracking WEP’s and WPA wireless networks | I didn’t have the time to combine this walkthrough with mine, but if your techy enough to understand the title here, well, just cross your fingers that you’ll understand how to use the tools listed in this guide… Then again if your that techy, you should know how to crack/hack…ethically that is… 😉

Instructables ! | One of my favorite sites out on the web. The site is filled with millions of people’s unique ideas and “how-to’s” . Want to make a artistic creation out of coffee cans? (yah neither do I) but…if you do, you can find it here. There are some really good ideas and how-to’s here so check it out if you are a creative person…if your not…well… go chew on a rock or something

Introduction to Linux | do I have to explain this?

Live Radio Anywhere | Via the internet, pretty handy if you don’t have a radio around and want to listen to the game, or whatever you listen to.

Linux User video Tests | This website has a bunch of videos testing male and female users, their knowledge of linux, yah it’s nerdy, but if your smart enough to use linux, and actually understand it, it’s funny to watch

Offshore Bank accounts: How To | Self explanitory

360 -degree Europe | full pan (horizontal, vertical) views of some amazing locations in stunning detail, have to see it to understand.

OS Vids | multiple videos of OS’s in action, and funny thing I just noticed, some of my videos are on there lol

Linux Distros | a TON, I mean a freekin TON of distros located convieniently on one website

Wall Paint that changes color | Eclipse’s paint that changes color when you touch it, made for the walls in your house that is, cool stuff

Blip.Tv-Hopefully you already know what this site is, if not, it’s like another Youtube, except you can get paid for video submissions by user views, tecnhically, if Youtube did this, I would have made 10k+ from my SuSe 10.1 video, Ive had over 180,ooo views!

Hack the Mac Login Window– Simple, easy method to hack the Apple Login window, from Apple Matters

Build Your own Server, from spare parts: Bit Tech has hundreds, if not thousands of great “how to’s”, and this is one of them. As a big fan of Linux distros, this ‘how to’ stands out by guiding a noob into setting up a server with linux

Backing up in Linux: Just as it says, how to perform a backup in Linux, another beginner tutorial

QuickKill: One click and it will kill all background and selected foreground running applications, useful for speedy escapes and cleaning up prior to using an memory intensive application, like games or photoshop etc, also it’s a good blog to frequent

Improved XGL and theme changer: From angelic penguins, remember my SuSe 10.1 XGL/Compiz tutorial? well this could be used as an addition to mine, for a better theme changer, and more extensive XGL options. Totally sophisticated nerd talk. 🙂

Canvas: Ultimate WordPress(dot)org non coding, blog customizer. This is THE tool to use for your wordpress blog.

Packet School: By Chris Sanders, for those emails I get all the damn time asking me how to hack WEP’s, start reading here, there is very useful information, and walkthroughs. “First familiarize yourself with your opponent, and never under estimate, then you can defeat him” -Some wise guy

Elisa: Open Source (free) software, that is a multimedia HTPC OS, runs on Linux, and Windows, with future Mac OSX compatibility. Ive downloaded but have yet found the time to review it…maybe someday…

Fold and Drop: Very cool Windows mmm window/s folder app, ok, that doesn’t make sense, let me try again, its an open source, application, that allows you to fold your windows, and bend them, so that you can sort through a series of open windows, like paper, allowing you to flip through them. Just check out the website. And who says nothing good comes out of Canada?

FolderSize: See your windows folder content size within your explorer window. Sourceforge goodness