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P2P sharing developments

As of today, here’s some of the news I’ve gathered on P2P networks.

  • Exeem 0.22 was released recently, and I took some time to check it out for content. It sucks still (no content!), and seems to even hang my machine up for prolonged periods. No more Exeem for me. When I first read the Bram Cohen interview, where he talks about Exeem in a somewhat derogatory manner, I dismissed his sentiment as sour grapes because it looked like Exeem was going to be the be-all and end-all. Well, more than a month later, I think he was right. Exeem is a carbon-copy of eDonkey in terms of functionality, but is much slower. BitTorrent, on the other hand, shares only the metaphor in common with Exeem and eDonkey, where “swarming” increases download speed by making every downloader an uploader. Bram was right about Exeem, but wrong about BitTorrent, which really does not appear to be superior to eDonkey, etc.
  • My last good resource for TV show downloading, when my TiVo didn’t catch it, was BTEFNET, which now appears to be down, maybe for good. Update, back up again, phew.
  • I still have not found a great Torrent client on the Mac. mlMac seems OK, but I cannot get the featured .torrent compatibility to work. Tomato works OK, but went completely nuts on the upload side without warning, killing my meager 384 kbps upload capability. I still haven’t got ABC, my favourite client, to work on the Mac. Azureus works fine, but it doesn’t take files double-clicked into it (which incidentally, was the reason I abandoned it on Windows as well.
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Disappearing Microsoft Anti-Spyware

The beta Microsoft Anti-Spyware tool beta (very good) has been removed from the downloads section, after residing on there for about one week. If you want it, for loyal dave’s list readers, I kept a copy here. In the most recent PC World, although still in BETA, the Microsoft software rated ahead of other commercial offerings.

The Malicious software removal tool is not the same, and can still be found on the downloads.


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Mac Mini review

OK, my Mac Mini arrived on Friday, and I spent the weekend playing with it. Overall, a good little machine, with a really sexy user interface, and a lot of power under the hood. This is my first time using a Mac in almost 5 years, so a lot has changed (including Mac OS X)

Here’s some notes, on my use of this machine to drive my 16:9 plasma (Panasonic, 852×480 real resolution, VGA input) and home theatre setup (Yamaha RX-V1400, connected optically):

  1. They really, really should have made the 3.5 mm audio plug be the dual use analog/digital audio plug like the Apple Airport Express.
  2. They really need to work on uninstallers and the device driver interface. Take one step beyond a basic installer, and you’re typing unix SUDO commands at a command line.
  3. My M-Audio Transit is still not working, because it’s not streaming AC-3 audio to the optical out port.
  4. I ended up buying the Apple Bluetooth Keyboard (very nice), but I had to pick the non-bluetooth RF Gyration mouse.
  5. Sync for Palm is built into the OS, but sync for PocketPC isn’t. I had to buy the $40 Missing Sync program to do this. (I have an iPaq 1945)
  6. Sync for my Motorola V600 phone is built right into the OS.
  7. For wish list, I wish the device had a 1000BASE-T port.
  8. Strangely enough, OpenOffice sucks on the Mac. It uses the X11 server software (free), so it looks like a bad port onto the Mac. I’m going to try out NeoOffice which claims to solve this huge discrepancy, but (gasp) I may be forced to use Office:mac to do the heavy lifting.
  9. The resolution I like best is 1024×576 (native 16:9) but the Mac reverts to a much higher resolution every startup. Don’t know how to fix this.
  10. Maybe a little too much of the power of this Mac is hidden under the hood. I wish some things were a little more configurable, or a little less rigid.
  11. Safari is a very fast browser: I tried IE, Camino, Firefox, and they’re all slower.
  12. Windows Remote Desktop Client works great on Mac OS X
  13. All those cool expanding application dock animations are turned off by default.
  14. Natively, Mac OS X can read PostScript, and even interpret it for non-Postscript printers. (I’m told it can also write)
  15. Fire, a multiprotocol IM client for Mac, blows Messenger,etc, out of the water.
  16. I managed to get my PostScript laserprinter up and running, but to my consternation I had to enable AppleTalk on it to make this work. I’m sure there’s another way, but I haven’t figured this out.
  17. I have not got shared printing onto my Canon i9900 working on the Mac, even though I can apparently print to a printer connected to a PC.
  18. File sharing to the PCs works like a dream, and is really easy to use.
  19. I don’t like the Tomato BitTorrent client, I’ve been recommended to use the shareware Acquisition, but may try something cheaper like mlDonkey with the GUI mlMac, which is apparently fairly good (and free!) and supports a huge variety of protocols.

That’s all for now….

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Famous movies

OK, since it seems these two movies come up often enough, I’ll put them on my blog.

This is the old star wars kid movie here

Or a remake

This is the “numa numa” movie here

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World’s smallest DLP projector

SVGA, $700, runs off a battery. LED-based illumination. Cool.

Mitsubishi projector with cell phone

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Virtual keyboard, now with Bluetooth

Virtual Keyboard with Bluetooth
Still pretty pricey at around $199, but cool.

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Exeem at 0.21

Exeem has been updated to 0.21, but it still doesn’t hold a candle to BitTorrent content from BTEFNET and TorrentReactor. The content just isn’t up to snuff on Exeem. Friends point out this may change once all the torrent sites are down, but I still haven’t seen over 25000 users worldwide on Exeem. Maybe I’m being too hard on the program, as it’s still in BETA.

There was an unflattering interview on NeoWin with the original author of BitTorrent, Bram Cohen, where he was fairly dismissive of Exeem.

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Photo album software

Plagued by the incredibly buggy nature of Adobe Photo Album 2.0, I’ve started experimenting with the Google-owned Picasa. I’m actually experiencing a really strange problem with my mouse whenever I load the program, but I’m trying to get past that, because it’s free, and clearly better than the Adobe P.O.S.

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Moved Dave’s List

I just moved Dave’s List and content over to a “blog”, using the b2evolution software I installed on my website….

Now you can comment on individual posts, etc. Tell me how you like it!

This is after some research on my part where I had to learn the difference between Bulletin Board (phpBB), Portal (xoops) and Blog (b2evolution) software. Think I have the hang of it, now….

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46 Best Freeware Programs for PC

Just posted here.