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Re: BitTorrent not slow, but users are clueless



Florin,

The more you know about computer technology, the more you realize how
little you truly know.  You may be very knowledgeable in bittorrent
while the sys admin with 20 years is not.  But step into his world and
the shoe would most likely be on the other foot.  If not step into my
world (computer forensics - not to be confused with data recovery) and
it will most likely be.  Or maybe not - but just remember that some
areas of computer technology are undoubtedly outside of your skill set
but within someone elses - so the shoe will be on the other foot on
occasions unless you limit your activity to only what you know, and
therefore will not grow beyond that narrow band of knowledge & skills.
This list is for all users of all levels of experience & knowledge. 
If a user's lack of knowledge about a particular topic offends you,
move on to another thread and let those who want to help that user
deal with it.  Having said that I expect that users would do some
searching online to try and find the answer themselves first before
throwing out a basic question to a list.  I'm not suggesting for a
moment that was the case here.

Jacques B.

On 3/21/06, Florin Andrei <florin andrei myip org> wrote:
> On Tue, 2006-03-21 at 13:31 -0500, sean wrote:
>
> > The biggest problem is usually that your upstream speed is limited which
> > will severely reduce your download speed (1).  One common cause is having
> > local firewall (iptables) rules active.  Another is having a router
> > (linksys etc.) which hasn't been configured to allow bittorrent
> > connections (2).
>
> I would venture to say that a combination of these factors is
> responsible for most cases of poor performance, even more so that ISP
> traffic shaping.
>
> There's plenty of clueless people out there who are behind a broadband
> router that's doing NAT, the router has no protocol helper for
> BitTorrent and does not forward the BitTorrent ports to the correct
> machine behind it - as a result of course the download speed is very
> low, yet people complain about BitTorrent per se. lol :-)
>
> Saying "BitTorrent sucks" has a pretty high probability of being
> equivalent to "my computer/networking skills suck".
>
> > 2 http://www.portforward.com/routers.htm gives a pretty decent walk through
> >   to help you configure your router properly
>
> That document should be linked on the Fedora BitTorrent page at duke.edu
>
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