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Old 11-15-2006, 11:40 PM   #1
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I'm afraid to do anything with torrents.

I want to download my own bootlegs, but I'm afraid to download a "bit torrent (?)" client.

I don't really even know what the hell I'm talking about. The guy at my AppleCare appointment told me what he could, but I still have no freaking idea what to do.

I need one of you to fly out here, sit at my computer, hold my hand, and help me through it.
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Old 11-15-2006, 11:51 PM   #2
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So, you're on a Mac? I am as well and I use BitTorrent for Mac OS X. Then, once that Application is downloaded, all you have to do is search a torrent site, like mininova.org, or put (blah blah blah) torrent into Google and lots of torrents will pop up. Click on the link, then at the top of the torrent page, there will be a link (blah blah blah) . torrent, click on that, Mac will ask you what to open the file with, choose BitTorrent from your Applications, it should open itself up, and start downloading.

It's so much quicker than regular downloading, especially for lossless bootlegs. If you have any more questions, send me a PM

Link to BitTorrent: http://www.bittorrent.com/download.html
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Old 11-16-2006, 08:02 AM   #3
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It's really very easy to set up Bit Torrent.
It doesn't matter which torrent client you use, everyone is also compatible with Mac. Just download the Mac version on the site, like bittorrent.com, or www.utorrent.com, or whatever.
Everything gets described in the setup so you can't really do anything wrong.
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Old 11-16-2006, 08:54 AM   #4
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I use Tomato and Transmission, both very simple and work great. There's really nothing to the setup if you don't have a router or firewall there.

Doooo it. There's so much good stuff on dimeadozen.org, I just searched for Bruce torrents and got over 200 results. *tempt*
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Old 11-16-2006, 01:35 PM   #5
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These are all helpful suggestions. You guys are so great.

When I get home, I'll try to do it. I did have the foresight to register at dime.
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Old 11-16-2006, 08:44 PM   #7
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There's really nothing to the setup if you don't have a router or firewall there.
Is my wireless transmitter router a router?
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I have a wireless router, I have no trouble with torrents.
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Ok. I downloaded Transmission. Now do I just go to diameadozen and pick out what I want?
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Ok. I downloaded Transmission. Now do I just go to diameadozen and pick out what I want?
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Well?
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Go to dimeadozen.com and search for whatever you want. Then, click on it. And, at the top of the page will be (blah blah blah). torrent, click on that. Your torrent program should open it by itself and start downloading. If it doesn't, open it up yourself, then go to File-->Open, and choose the torrent file that you just downloaded from dimeadozen. To keep it easy for myself, I usually save the torrent file to the desktop.
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Thanks. I'm downloading a Pelican show now. I figured I'd start with that because it was a small file. It says it's FLAC; does that matter?

I want to burn these and then take them off my comp because they take up a lot of space, right?
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Old 11-18-2006, 06:12 PM   #14
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So to reach a 1.0 ratio for any given torrent, you have to stay on it for a long time after your own download completes, come back to it later, or do both, and seed to the people downloading it after you. If it is an old torrent and you're one of the last people on it, you may never reach 1.0 or even .25 on that particular torrent, so you have to make up for that by doing even better on other torrents.
What the hell does this mean?
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As long as you are downloading, you are a so called leecher.

When the download finishes you are a seeder. Since bittorrent is peer to peer you are not only downloading from other people, but also sending to other people.
The amount you downloaded divided by the amount you uploaded is your share ratio. As long as you downloaded more than you uploaded the ratio will be smaller than 1, once your amount uploaded is higher than the amount downloaded your ratio is greater than one.

So after you are finished with downloading you have to keep the file in the torrent for a while so that another person has the chance to finish his/her download as well.

If there are no other leechers you won't reach a ratio of 1 at that specific torrent, so you will to upload a bit more of another file to reach a ratio of one.

Flac only means that you either need a plugin for your music playing software to play that file (if it's not already installed) or you will need a plugin for the burning software you use so that it could change the files into another format and then burn it.
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