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Why torrent low-ratio banning is killing the network and is generally a bad idea.

It seems a growing trend for people to get banned for low share ratios.

Now I can understand how this would appeal to some people`s sense of (in)justice as there are people out there who do not understand that not sharing while you download will ultimately make you download yours slower as you supply bits to other people who would otherwise been supplied by the seeder, making it possible for you to download from open slots at the seeder. These are typlically low-intellect `kiddies` who don`t do math and then download hacked clients because they are just stupid.

I agree that these people are evil.

But putting a share-ratio of 0.9 and higher as mandatory is just insane. (IMHO 0.1 is the absolute maximum)

Take the following example (using mathematical induction and taking values to extremes) if I limited my download to 1k/s and my upload to 25k/s (I have a 256/256 connection) my share ratio inexorably tends to go to sub-1.0. In fact, I find that only the T1 people seems to get any us…

Firefox Tweaks/Speed-ups

These options can go into the user.js file, or can be set from the 'about:config' url.

(Editing the user.js file may need to be done when FireFox is not running)
(Editing the about:config may require a FireFox restart)


user_pref("network.http.max-connections", 128);
user_pref("network.http.max-connections-per-server", 48);
user_pref("network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-proxy", 24);
user_pref("network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-server", 12);

// Enable pipelining:
user_pref("network.http.pipelining", true);
user_pref("network.http.proxy.pipelining", true);
user_pref("network.http.pipelining.maxrequests", 100);

Firefox: Open diverted links in new background tab instead of new window

This has frustrated me for a long time... something I really liked about Opera.

Go to 'about:config' url and set:

browser.tabs.loadInBackground to true (should be already)
browser.tabs.showSingleWindowModePrefs to true
browser.tabs.loadDivertedInBackground to true

Then in advanced preferences is a new option:
'Force links that open a new window to:'

can be used for immesdiate effect.

VMWare referral discount code

I thought I would try this since I really do think VMWare is the best thing since sliced potatoes.

If you want a 5% discount toward buying VMWare Workstation 4.x, (perhaps ESX and GSX server as well) then just use this referral code during the checkout phase:


Edit: Seems to work for VMWare 5.0 as well!

I've been doing all my major development in Windows 2000 and RedHat VMWare sessions, and even though I have changed desktop PCs multiple times and re-installed even more times, I have always had a stable and CLEAN development (compile/link/build and test ISO) environment.

This will save you many hours, as well as the extra cost of hardware.

Don't even bother with other products (unless you need something like VirtualPC for the Mac).

Have fun!


What a week-end.

Well, this week-end started off with a bang. First I had the EPI-USE year-end function: a dangerously silly-sounding theme of 50s, 60s and 70s. I had a shower and then took a nap, hoping beyond hope for fate to take a hand and cause me to oversleep and miss it. But then Aubrey phoned and chided me into going after all. (By that time I was already 30 minutes late, but found this not to be a problem since everyone else was).

Well, the party turned out to be entertaining, and I could at least squeeze out a "Jean Genie" from the Jukebox.

I left early (11pm) with some friends, and went to my place to watch "Princess Bride", chat some and watch some music videos, talk and drink coffee.

Got to bed at only 2am.

Saturday after I got back from the 'boere-mark' having bought loads of berries, I decided to clean out my place, and I practically got rid of half my furniture. I drove around like a crazy looking tor places selling leather couches, and finally went home. The ev…