Here’s to all the folks spending their upload bandwidth on delivering us our precious files.
Found myself in a not particularly uncommon situation a couple of days ago. Wanted to get some large files onto my computer, so of course I look at BitTorrent for its ease of use, transfer speed, and overall being a sweet protocol. But what do I spy upon starting the transfer? Looks like only 80% of the data is actually available among all peers. That’s not very fun!
So I head back and scroll through the comment section. “I can’t get past 80%!” “Is this torrent dead?” All those comments were at least a week old. Scrolling back up a bit, one catches my eye: “Direct download here: [link]”. I double-check. It is indeed a direct download link for a 140 GB large file. Well, at least it’s something, let’s reel that monster in.
And so I left my computer on for five days straight, downloading a huge file with a speed of, at best, 600 KB/s. If my internet connection had decided to do something wanky, then I would’ve had to start all over again. Luckily I didn’t have to, and I’m now sharing the complete set of files with peers so they can enjoy the speedy download I never had.
Going through the effort for such a thing makes you appreciate how readily available most things tend to be these days. Good stuff.