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Proof of Concept: Open Torrent Trackers #bittorrent

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I use bittorrent, in fact I use bittorrent often enough that I look for methods to gains extra seeders and extra peers so I can get the object of my obsession quicker. I also like sharing items, with torrent that would mean I go to the relevant torrent sites and announce the creation of a download by uploading a torrent file which contains a reference to my file on my computer. As I have often stated I am also lazy, which means that I would like to get things into the hands of others with the minimal amount of effort.

I have taken the time to read some of the specifications of bittorrent – I wouldn’t call myself an expert – and discovered that it is possible to add trackers to a torrent file and even if those trackers didn’t originally contain a reference, in the form of an info_hash key, to the torrent they will be registered with the tracker. Which saves me some time when seeding files.

So I did a little experimentation yesterday and created a list of trackers which would automatically pick up the file. Naturally I searched for existing files, which include well known trackers using various torrent sites, after collating the list and removing the duplicates I created torrent files containing these lists and added the torrent trackers to the files. And waited for the trackers to pick up the file. Which trackers listed below did, you might recognize PRQ which is a free speech haven in Sweden.

To my disappointment the torrents where not listed on the torrent sites who’s trackers picked them up. So the next step is to discover which trackers, not listed below, will pick up and publish the torrent finding it in a web spider. The torrents can be found in trackerlist – 20110618.torrent and trackerlist – 20110619.torrent, the last one being seeded only by this link (private on pastebin).

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

June 19, 2011 at 3:02 pm

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USENET still going strong, and more environmentally friendly than BitTorrent ;) #internet #torrent

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2004 MSR Netscan Usenet Treemap by number of Posts

I like pronouncing things dead as much as the next guy, and don’t feel bound by facts. As I previously said in Death of USENET I don’t think is dead, and neither do the statistics[1].

Usenet traffic per day

The war against trackers and users of bittorrent continues while all these movies and CDs can easily be downloaded from USENET servers across the world without too much trouble and without revealing your IP to the world. The ISPs are slowly removing this service for their customers, opting rather to deal with the increased traffic to their network uplink rather than promoting the use of the USENET servers they host containing exactly the same material as their leeching customers want.

Besides from cheaper for the ISPs, it’s also more environmentally friendly! 😉 Rather than wasting bits and bytes and the network impact that has on the internet it’s a form of recycling where the ISP uses a limited amount of bandwidth to download the data from it’s peers and redistributes this to the users who are going to download illegally any way. These left over bits and bytes can be used to transport more important things, or can be turned into art projects by art students.

  1. Usenet traffic today (wikipedia)

Images courtesy of Marc Smith and Wikipedia.

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December 6, 2010 at 10:51 am

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Google Scribe – Ye Shall Know Them By Their Fruits #google

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I started playing with Google Scribe and wanted to see if patterns emerged so I just accepted the first suggestion by hitting enter. My starting word(s) in italics.

I often wondered if there was anything wrong with that picture of themselves and their families in their homes and their lives are nothing but another form of therapy for these patients is not known whether these are the only ones who can not afford to pay for their own users and groups to their Friends.. Have a great day for them too and they are nothing but another form of therapy for these patients is not known whether these are the only ones who can not afford to pay for their own users and groups to their Friends / Favorites list yet, so I’ma keep popping up in their own right and do not want to be related to their particular field or industry in which they are attached to their respective owners and are strictly for viewing and printing of these books are nothing but another form of therapy for these patients is not known whether these are the only ones who can not afford to pay for their own users and groups to their Friends / Favorites list yet, so I’ma keep popping up in their own right and do not want to be related to their particular field or industry… and they are nothing but another form of therapy for these patients […]”

So I decided to find out where it came from, and a number of other people with too much time on their hands[1] discovered that Google script believes most things are “nothing but another form of therapy

Then I had another go and discovered another infinite loop:

child care centers and homes for sale in the heart of the city of New York City Area Directory of All Stores at the site of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States and Canada and their territories and total client assets of approximately 1 to 4 of 4 people found the following review helpful to your business partners and customers together to participate in these features is the ability to make and use them together to make anything of it until I was introduced to them by their fruits ye shall know them by their fruits ye shall know them by their fruits ye shall know them by their fruits ye shall know them by their fruits ye shall know them by their fruits ye shall know them by their fruits […]”

Naturally I tried the words you look up in a new dictionary, you know what I mean, and only tampons produced a result, ending in another form of therapy for me.

The question is can I use this to product my mail spam and comment spam for me to trick Google and spam filters?

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September 8, 2010 at 4:34 pm

Blekko, discovering a new search engine #seo

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Scoble posted he had invites for . I had no idea what it was, but if Scoble tweets something like that I know that the beta will soon be full, so I asked for an invite.

As I didn’t know what it was about, so I looked it up on TechCrunch‘s CrunchBaseblekko – and found out that it is a search engine. And the first thing I do with a search engine is much the same I do with a new dictionary or encyclopedia – although I’m usually not listed in a dictionary – I look up myself, or in this case my blog.

Blekko - Search Result

You’ll notice the SEO tag below the title, I noticed it to and clicked and got wonderful distribution graphs. There is a breakdown a click away, where I would need to check in a number of sites by different vendors to be able to discover similar information about a different site, I get it here as a part of my search result.

Blekko - URL - US distribution
Blekko - Domain - US distribution
This world distribution graph did surprise me, I never I got links from Austria. And there is so much more to discover.

UPDATE: I received another invite to share.

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August 26, 2010 at 9:30 pm

One of those funny things… #statistics

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Again and again I surprise myself with my ability to choose good post titles. Let’s take the post “Barack Obama’s LinkedIn account to be restricted #linkedin“, posted in February 2009 it consistently nets me at least between 10 and 20 hits a week. I am 5th or 6th in the Google search results using the search terms: “obama linkedin“.

That’s why I posted this under a title nobody can find. 😉

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June 29, 2010 at 4:38 pm

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I left @Bloglines went to @GoogleReader *ducks* #rss #feeds

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Some of you may have noticed an important change in my feed, I am now using , you may not know that I stopped using . It feels a little like when I changed earlier this year from using to search. I am really upset at the guys from Bloglines, they have such a good product, but it wasn’t moving forward. Like Yahoo! they waited to long and lost me, a loyal customer. I send error reports, suggestions and offered help.

It’s strange as it looks like usage is on its way up:

Resource: http://www.quantcast.com/bloglines.com - by way of CrunchBase: http://www.crunchbase.com/company/bloglines

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April 20, 2010 at 4:24 pm

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Statistics By WolframAlpha #google #yahoo!

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Thanks to this article I discovered a feature of WolframAlpha, I can ask for the number of Google yearly visitors and the amount of profit Google made[1] in the last year and get profit made for each visitor in dollars ($), or converted into Euros (€):

google.com | annual visitors/Google | net income
=
34.15 visits/$  (visits per US dollar)  (trailing 12-month value as of December 31, 2009)
=
45.94 visits/euro  (visits per euro) (at current quoted rate)
And using this I can compare companies to each other[2]:
|  | google.com | annual visitors/Google | net income | yahoo.com | annual visitors/Yahoo! | net income(log scale) (from Dec 2004 to Sep 2009) | (in visits per year US dollar) |
  1. google yearly visitors/google profit
  2. google yearly users/google profit yahoo yearly users/yahoo profit

Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

April 20, 2010 at 3:18 pm

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