Showing posts with label Internet Applications. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Internet Applications. Show all posts

Sunday, June 9, 2013

What is Torrents Torrent files seeds peers and BitTorrent?

Despite the fact that BitTorrent has been around for a good 6 years now, the lightning fast file sharing protocol hasn't completely taken off in the mainstream. Since we post a decent amount about BitTorrent around here, we figured it was just time we put out a beginner's guide to BitTorrent. This is the guide you can send to your friend next time he gets that glassy look in his eyes when you mention BitTorrent and how quick and easy it makes downloading albums educational, public domain videos and other large files.

Without going into too much detail, here's a crash course in the file sharing protocol that is BitTorrent

What is BitTorrent ?

BitTorrent is not a program. [1] It's a method of downloading files using a distributed peer-to-peer file sharing system. The programs that you use to download files via the BitTorrent protocol are called BitTorrent clients.

BitTorrent is not like Limewire/Kazaa/Napster/other P2P programs you've used in the past. This is often the biggest source of confusion for people new to BitTorrent. It's not difficult to use, it's just different. As soon as you forget about your old file-sharing program (and you will once you start using BT), the easier it will be to start using BitTorrent.

How does it work?

What makes the BitTorrent protocol unique is that it distributes the sharing of files across all users who have downloaded or are in the process of downloading a file. Because BitTorrent breaks up and distributes files in hundreds of small chunks, you don't even need to have downloaded the whole file before you start sharing. As soon as you have even a piece of the file, you can start sharing that piece with other users. That's what makes BitTorrent so fast; your BitTorrent client starts sharing as soon as it downloads one chunk of the file (instead of waiting until the entire download has been completed).

In order to download a file like the educational public domain video we mentioned above, you have to find and download a torrent file (which uses the .torrent file extension) and then open it with your BitTorrent client. The torrent file does not contain your files. Instead, it contains information which tells your BitTorrent client where it can find peers who are also sharing and downloading the file.

How to find and download a file with BitTorrent?

Now that you've got a better idea of the terminology and process behind BitTorrent, let's jump right into using BitTorrent.

First you need to download a BitTorrent client (the program that manages your BitTorrent downloads). I'd recommend:

uTorrent for Windows/Mac
Transmission for Mac
Vuze or KTorrent for Linux (Actually, Vuze is cross platform, meaning it will work on Windows and Mac, but on those platforms we still prefer the alternatives listed above.)

But on top of them all my personal favorite is Free download Manager.

Search for a good torrent.
There are a handful of really good web sites for downloading torrents
Just search with your subject and torrent name  in google for example if you are looking for space ship studies torrents search like "Space ship studies torrents".

Try out whichever one you like. One might fit your tastes better than another, but I've had good experiences with all of these. From this point, search the site using their search box like you're using Google—just type in the name of what you're looking for. You'll likely get several results, but you want to choose the torrent with the highest number of seeders (indicated in most BitTorrent search results under a field labeled 'S'). Seeders are people who have already downloaded and are sharing the entire file. The more seeders, the faster your download will be. Some sites also provide you with a health meter, which is generally a measure of seeders vs. active downloaders.

Download the torrent. 
Once you've found a good and healthy torrent, find the download link and download the torrent. Your browser will ask you what you want to do with the file, so be sure to tell it to open the torrent in the BitTorrent client you downloaded above.

Your BitTorrent client will open and (possibly) ask you where you want to save the file(s). Pick your save location, hit OK, and that's it; your file will begin downloading. If you're not impressed with the speed at first, be patient. It can sometimes take a minute or two before the download ramps up to full speed. If you're still not happy, try searching for another torrent with more seeders.

That's it?
Yep, that's it. That, in a nutshell, is how to download files using BitTorrent. There can be more to it, of course, if you want to dive in a bit deeper. For example, you can run through the Speed Guide in uTorrent to improve your download speeds (the guide is fairly self explanatory—just go to Options -> Speed Guide to get started), download select files from the torrent rather than every file, throttle your bandwidth, and so on, but this basic guide should get you started.

Also, to ensure you stay in good standing in the BitTorrent community (and aren't labeled a leecher), you should always try to upload as much as you download. Most BitTorrent clients keep track of your upload/download ratio, and you should generally continue sharing a file until your ratio reaches 1, after which you can feel free to remove it from your client (the file will remain on your computer—you just stop sharing it).

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Sync OneNote 2010 to Office Live or SkyDrive for Editing Anywhere

Do you enjoy the rich feature set of OneNote but prefer Evernote’s online syncing?  Here’s how you can get the best of both worlds with OneNote 2010 and the free Office Web Apps.

If need to take notes, create outlines, or store random things from your work and life, OneNote is a great tool that’s been part of Office since 2003.  OneNote is one of the least-known applications in the Office suite today, but is now included in all editions of Office 2010 so it’s available to more users than before.  Additionally, anyone with internet access can use the free OneNote Web App in Office Online.  Let’s look at how you can combine these offerings together so you can access your important notes from anywhere and collaborate with colleagues as well.

Getting Started

Office 2010 is designed around integration with the Office Web Apps, and OneNote seems to be the most integrated part.  In fact, when you create a new notebook in OneNote 2010, the default option is to create a Web notebook.
Add a name to the new notebook, and then if you haven’t integrated Office with your Live ID yet, click Sign In.

Enter your Windows Live ID email address and password, and click Ok.

After a few moments, you’ll see the folders from your SkyDrive and Office online account.  Select the folder you want to save the notebook in, and then click Create Notebook.  Select a private folder if you only want to access it yourself, or select a shared folder to share it with your friends or colleagues.

OneNote will now create the new notebook and connect to it online.

After a few moments, the notebook will open in OneNote.  You’ll be prompted to email a link to the notebook to someone, but if you created the notebook just for yourself, click No, Thanks.
Now, everything you enter in this notebook will be automatically synced with your Office Online account so you can access the notes from anywhere.  You can save any information you want in OneNote, and know it’ll always be accessible.  Note that synced notebooks have a globe icon on the notebook, showing that they’re saved online.

Sync Existing Notebooks

You can save an exiting notebook to the web as well.  Open the file menu, click the Share on Web link under the notebook you want to sync.  This will let you save the notebook online as above.

If the notebook was created in an older version of OneNote, you may need to convert it to 2010 format first.  Click the Upgrade button to begin the process.

Click Convert to 2010 in the dialog box that appears, then repeat the steps above to save it online.

OneNote and the Cloud

Once your notebook is synced, you can access it from your Office Online account.  Here you can view or edit your notes directly in your browser, even if you’re on a computer that doesn’t have OneNote installed.

If you’d like to open an online notebook in OneNote 2010, click the Open in OneNote button in the online editor.  Confirm that you want to open the document, and then after a few moments the notebook will download and open in OneNote.

The OneNote Web App allows you to simultaneously with other users, and this works with shared notebooks in OneNote 2010 on your desktop as well.  This is one area OneNote 2010 really shines.  Here we’re editing the same shared OneNote notebook in OneNote 2010 and in the OneNote Web App, each logged in with a different Live ID.  Whether you’re across the room or across the globe, this is a great way to collaborate with colleagues and friends.


OneNote 2010 is a great collaboration tool when combined with the Office Web Apps.  Whether you’re trying to keep up with the random things you find online or organize your notes for a research project, you can feel safe knowing that you’ll always be able to access your notes offline or online.


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How to Install multiple Sky drive apps on your-my desktop

The short answer is "no, you can’t", but the longer answer is, “there is a way”.

If you have two Microsoft accounts (Windows Live IDs), you have a SkyDrive for each. The SkyDrive app on the desktop makes managing the files and folders in the SkyDrive as easy as any other folder. So you might want to have access to both right on your desktop.

You cannot install the SkyDrive app multiple times on the desktop, that simply does not work. There is a work-around, however, and once established, works just as you expect – two folders on the desktop, each accessing its own SkyDrive. Not only that, both get synchronized automatically.

Here is the how to install two separate SkyDrive folders on your desktop. Assumed here is that the computer is running Windows 7.

  1. Create a user account on your computer for the second Microsoft account. In this article I will call the original user “user 1” and new user “user 2” and the SkyDrive belonging to that user SkyDrive 2. User 2 can be a “Standard user” (and really should be).
  2. Switch to user 2. Start > power ?> Switch user 
  3. Start Internet Explorer, sign in with the user 2 credentials. Click SkyDrive in top menu.
  4. Click Get SkyDrive apps (navigation pane, bottom). Follow through and download and install the SkyDrive app.
  5. Switch back to user 1.
  6. Open Windows Explorer. Navigate to Local Disk > Users > user 2. This is the default location where the local SkyDrive folder is located.
  7. Right-click on the SkyDrive folder listing. Click on Send to in the drop-down menu and click Desktop (create shortcut).
  8. That’s it. You now have a desktop shortcut to SkyDrive 2, the one for user 2.
Note that I did not ask you to log out either user. So long as both users are logged in on your computer the synchronizing of the SkyDrive folders will proceed for both. Keep in mind that downloading and especially uploading of files takes considerable time as determined by your Internet connection.

Both folders will be accessible, of course, at all times, including when the Internet connection is not available. Synchronization will resume when the Internet connection is reestablished.