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Yargh! [Jan. 10th, 2006|11:27 pm]
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You know, certain things are frustrating... Rare, precious things for example. I happen to like certain bands, and certain documentaries... both of which seem to be rarer than hen's teeth at the moment, and although I've found both, they're less than forthcoming.

See, recently I found someone with most of the episodes of an American documentary called Transgeneration. It's about 4 trans kids (2 male-to-female and 2 female-to-male), and I've recently acquired episodes 1,3,4,5,6,7,8... i.e. all of them except for the second. And I'm one of these people who likes to watch them in order. Of course, my usual haunts for torrents aren't that great... it's a show with even-more-than-usually-limited appeal. I even signed up to a place called gay-torrents.com just to see if they'd have a torrent for the episode. But still nuffink!

Now, a while back I decided I was going to see what this eMule lark was all about, and decided to compile aMule, because it would work with my pithy linux setup. When I say pithy, I mean, it has various graphical libraries that aren't worth looking at (and can't upgrade them because it breaks things - half my programs didn't have any text for about 2 weeks and I hardly noticed until I went to edit some code... then it took me a while to figure out what was wrong), according to most programs (although my guess is that it's not actually needed, it's just that autoconf and friends look at what the developers have running, and use that as the required value, rather than needing the bleeding-edge version). So, aMule has a nice feature of using a graphics library that's relatively up-to-date and can talk to graphics libraries both new and old. I.e. I'm safe.

Anywho, I found an emule server that has users with transgeneration episode 2 on there... any joy? Nope. Not a single bit flowing my way. Not a single one or zero. So while I was on there, I just typed in "And One" - a band that I happen to like, but are very rare when it comes to torrents (see: teeth, hen's)... and lo and behold, I found a 1.8 gig file with their anthology on there. Cool. Now, it seems that I've gotten a download of about 12megs so far, and has been at about 3k/sec. I got to about 9meg and things halted, but around then, I apparently started sending to others. I have no problem with that, it's the way the system works... it's tit-for-tat. Except... I was farming this stuff out at about 33k/s total. And I'm getting 3k/s at best on the anthology, and nothing on transgen. Grrr. Goddammit, you have my tat in a vice, now give me some goddam tit!

So, seeing as it looks highly unlikely that I'll see any of transgeneration episode 2 this way, anyone else have it on offer?

[User Picture]From: ebel
2006-01-11 02:08 am (UTC)
I've had similar experiences with the eDonkey/eMule network. I call it the waiting network. You will spend just about all your time waiting. You'll eventually get dribbles of 5kb/s, until 3 days later when you have the whole file. You're not alone here.

However as you found out, there are a lot of rare files on edonkey. And it's a lot easier to search than bit torrent, as you basically have one central search. Just be prepared to wait.
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[User Picture]From: tearsofzorro
2006-01-11 03:17 am (UTC)
Well, at last count I have uploaded about 400megs and downloaded 80!

At least I can say that I can at least say I'm contributing back to the community on this one! (If I upload 1.8gig because of this, I'm dropping the connection as soon as I get it down. selfish, not really, given that I'd havea 1:1 ratio anyway)

Still nothing on the documentary though. *sigh*
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[User Picture]From: ebel
2006-01-11 10:36 am (UTC)
I'm getting a bit fed up with eDonkey. Last night I left aMule on alll night trying to download an episode of Babylon 5. I uploaded 200MB and downloaded nothing. Grrr. I wish someone'd rework to eDonkey protocal to be more like bittorrent. Reward the uploaders.
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-01-13 01:57 pm (UTC)


You think about posting on the T communitys? Maybe someone will yousendittoya?
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