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Second round of 1984 videos restored, released

updated 03:05 pm EST, Tue February 8, 2005

2nd round of 1984 videos

The second series of video clips restored and digitized from .




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  1. Grozni Majmun

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    p2p

    Hm. You have to install a p2p file sharing program to view them. I haven't heard of this program either. Sounds fishy to me....

    Watched the one that was released a few weeks ago, though & that was cool.

  1. JacquesDav

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Fishy...

    Perhaps not fishy, but complicated, yes. Running Bittorrent and clicking on the links didn't work for me,and they fail to explain it in any depth...

    That's all.

  1. TheGreatButcher

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    help

    Can't download any of the torrent files or the all inclusive zip file - is anyone else hosting it?

  1. JacquesDav

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    All Inclusive...

    The all inclusive file is also a bit torrent file. I'm stumped...

  1. beeble

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Bit Torrent

    Ok here's the low down on Bit Torrent for those of you yet to have a go. You download a bit torrent client (versiontracker.com) and download the .torrent file (I imagine the servers are extremely busy about now as the news is just getting out). Double click on the torrent file you've downloaded and it gets opened in Bit Torrent.

    Bit Torrent works by connecting downloaders and seeders. If 50 people have the file already downloaded and keep their client open, they are seeding the download and others are downloading little packets of the file from them simultaneously. Downloaders are also downloading from themselves. If you have part of the file that others don't have, they may connect to you and get that 100KB and you may connect to them to some you haven't got. The best part is that Bit Torrent figures out who has what parts and does the connecting and disconnecting for you.

    Bit Torrent only works well though when you leave the client open for a while after you've finished downloading. That way you become a seeder and make the download faster for those who come along after you. It isn't p2p in the usual sense, it's like using dozens or even hundreds of ftp mirrors and only downloading a few KB from each of them simultaneously to get the most out of a broadband connection. If you're receiving from people at 5-10k/sec then it doesn't take many simultaneous connections to saturate your broadband link to the net and get that file in record time.

    It's really cool, just wait to get the torrent file from their overloaded server and don't forget to leave your client open when you've finished.

  1. thesearcher

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Dial-up

    Is it worth trying to get these files over dial-up?

  1. Kenneth

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    works fine here

    Not sure what's all the BitTorrent biz here about.

  1. thesearcher

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: works fine here

    What links are you using? The ones on the above page are for use with bittorrent.

  1. Kenneth

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: works fine here

    I used that link with "1-4_1984_launch.zip.torrent" in the end. I finished it in minutes. However, nobody is downloading now.

  1. beeble

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: Dial-up

    Yes they will work over dial up, you just won't get the speed benefit. Almost any download can flood a modem connection but if you've got a broadband connection, 99% of the servers out there can't or won't send data as fast as you can receive it. Bit Torrent gets around that by having dozens of computers sending you data. Even if each connection is only 5k/sec, that adds up really quickly to 50, 60, sometimes 100k/sec or more which makes more use of the bandwidth of a cable or dsl connection. If you've got a modem, you'll get it at 5k/sec like you normally would. No extra advantage, but no disadvantage either.

    BTW, their server load has eased. The torrent files are easy to get now. And the torrents are reasonably quick.

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