Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Bittorrent DNA - Redirection of funds...

I just discovered BitTorrent DNA today... Turns out that it had been covertly installed on my machine. For once in my life, I'm thankful for Windows Firewall's constant pestering. So what is DNA? To quote BitTorrent: "DNA is a content delivery service that uses a private and secure managed peer network to give you faster and more reliable access to your favorite websites and videos." (Source). To (cynically) rephrase that: DNA's a way for content hosts to avoid costs by forwarding them to the end-user.

Until recently, I had a (theoretically) unmetered connection. As such, I wouldn't really have minded something like DNA, had I been told about its existence. Hell, I'm more than happy when I'm legally torrenting to give back when I'm taking. My personal problem lies with silently installing services in the background to do this. It seems to harm the user (directly costing them in bandwidth fees) and the reputation of the content providers and the BitTorrent corporation themselves.

My proposed solution to content providers? Find a distribution method you can afford.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

No more Flock

So... I got bored of Flock. After installing the Windows 7 RC, I didn't bother to install Flock. As I mentioned in my last entry, I think it was just a bit too cluttered... Next up, boredom inspired by the universe.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Using Flock

I felt like trying Flock... So I did. First impressions? A bit cluttered. I think that's pretty well offset by the integration with various social networking tools and other "Web 2.0" sites. I've dropped in most of my accounts, Youtube, Facebook, Flickr etc. and it seems to play pretty nicely with them all. Well, except YouTube, which it keeps saying I'm logged out of. It also has good support of Firefox extensions, being Firefox-based, so I get to keep X-marks, Adblock Plus and Greasemonkey with no problems. Overall? Pretty good. I'll have to use it for longer before I commit permanently though...

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

My Games!

For some reason, I'm going to post a list of all the games I own. (that I could find at the time of compilation, anyway)
  • Act of War
  • Area 51
  • Black & White
  • Black & White 2
  • Bujingai Swordmaster
  • Chrome
  • Deadly Strike
  • Defcon
  • Deus Ex
  • Deus Ex
  • Deus Ex: Invisible War
  • Digimon World
  • Doom 3
  • Dragonball Z Budokai 3
  • Dragonshard
  • Drakengard
  • Dynasty Warriors 3
  • Evil Genius
  • Final Fantasy IV
  • Final Fantasy V
  • Final Fantasy X
  • Final Fantasy X-2
  • Freelancer
  • Giants: Citizen Kabuto
  • Gran Turismo 3 A-epc
  • Grand Theft Auto San Andreas
  • Gunbird Special Edition
  • Half Life 2
  • Imperium Galactica 2
  • Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
  • Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
  • Metal Gear Solid(/special missions)
  • Morrowind
  • Need for Speed Underground 2
  • Oblivion
  • Oni
  • Operation Flashpoint
  • Perimeter
  • Psi Ops
  • Quake 4
  • Red Faction 2
  • Ridge Racer Type 4
  • Rome: Total War
  • Settlers IV
  • Shogun Total War
  • Silent Hill 3
  • Soulcalibur II
  • The Movies
  • Uplink
  • Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines
  • Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War
  • X3
And yes. I do have Deus Ex twice. Would be three times if I had've bought my first copy from home.

Sunday, April 22, 2007