Thursday, 17 November 2005


BitTorrent (BT) is a file-sharing program used to download software, movies and TV programs. BT is a peer-to-peer system because you download files from others users of the BitTorrent system rather than some central database. This makes downloading very fast since you can simultaneously download from several people at once. The BBC will use something similar for its own downloading service.

The problem with BitTorrent is that it's a little complicated compared to a centralised system. Using BT involves chosing a client program, downloading and installing the program, and then search for a "torrent" on the Internet. A torrent isn't the actual file that you're looking for - but it contains all the information that the client program needs to locate and download it.

I use the uTorrent client which is small and simple to use. There are lots of websites where you can search for torrents. I use FileSharingPlace.

I recently downloaded Noam Chomskey's Manufacturing Consent (thanks Billy)which was great.

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