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October 25, 2006

Long day @ skool

Filed under: Daily stuff,Every Little Thing — Jasper Mah @ 9:48 pm

Hey guys, long time no see again. I’ve been busy working for an event, so I have requests from some of my old friends about being in the Internet World, while downloading stuff, some of the terms to be understood easily, like ddl/bt and stuff. I wouldn’t be doing much of a guide today, but to give some definitions to different terms used while surfing online.

Direct Download/DDL: Your basic downloading from a website, though different websites will provide different speeds of downloading depending on the bandwidth given to the site. If you are a 256/384/512/768kbps user, it’s best advised to get a download accelerator. A recommended brand that is useful if you are using Mozilla FireFox would be the Flashgot Extension, which will also provide the Free Download Manager. For Internet Explorer users, it’s best to get either a retail Download Accelerator or FlashGet. Do take note not to use download accelerators with software bundles.(It’s easy to identify them..they are always the ones saying to install Gator,WeatherBar,NavExcel ToolBar,Ebaymoemoneymaker which are actually adwares that slow down your computer.)

File-Transfer-Protocol/FTP:Another way of downloading from a website, basically some websites have FTP servers which they upload files to their server to users for them to download. Some FTP servers are supported by download accelerators, which helps the user to get files easily, but do take note, you will drain up the bandwidth of the server heavily when you use download accelerators. FTP servers are usually supply their users with a username and password, as having a FTP server will have many leechers taking files from it. Most FTP servers have anonymous access for visitors though, though visitors will take the chance to leech as many files as possible.

mIRC XDCC/CTCP:Known as Xabi Direct Client to Client Protocol or Client to Client Protocol, this is the method many mIRC users transfer files to each other using their mIRC client such as the basic mIRC client now or Sysreset.(Sysreset is usually used by users who wants to host their file on a Fileserver, or otherwise known as Fserve, as some channels in mIRC require you to share as many as you download from different users.) mIRC has been a common tool for online piracy since the P2P network laws have been upheld strictly by governments in many countries. mIRC stands for Mass Internet Relay Chat, though it’s original name was IRC, known as Internet Relay Chat.

Bittorrent:The uploading/downloading method replacing P2P networks for users to share files, it is a very popular method around the world for users to download files of a large size reaching more than 5 GB at times. Bittorrent’s idea is a user will become a seeder and leecher when they download the files, being a seeder means you are a file uploader, or you distribute the files to everyone who’s downloading in laymen’s term. Being a leecher means you are downloading without uploading any of the contents of the files which is disliked by many seeders as it does not help in providing files to those who are new to the Bittorrent. Most of the Bittorrent Clients that are available will give the option of downloading and uploading the files, though it’s always best to have a higher download speed than your upload speed, as having a higher upload speed will slow your download speed. Your download speed is always proportional to your upload speed to get the best out of your connection.
(Warning:Using Bittorrent has a high risk usage in some countries for they are very strict with the copyright laws, and it has been using as a source of distributing illegal files.)

P2P Networks: This is the most dangerous method of downloading files, and many users who has been in the Online world for quite a while would know of this famous names such as Kazaa, Morpheus,Bearshare,Ares,Shareaza and many other more. This method of downloading has minimal control over the files you download and upload..and the risk of getting viruses, worms, adwares/spywares or trojans is extremely high. Governments in many countries are extremely strict with P2P Networks and will hunt down any uploaders of files and since there is minimal control over file you upload..the risk of getting caught is high.Those names that I had mentioned are P2P Clients, otherwise known as Peer-to-Peer Clients which allow one user to download files of their preferences from another user who has the file on his computer.
So, with today’s topic coming to an end,and now time to leave school,  I shall sign off for now.

– StyleZ

– “Play with Originality, Play with StyleZ”


1 Comment »

  1. Well… I’m using Bearshare – superb tool for fast downloading! Limewire not bad too…

    Comment by Chris — January 15, 2008 @ 7:53 am | Reply

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