Over the past couple of years, the BitTorrent market has been dominated by the likes of uTorrent, Azureus and BitComet, with the three of them taking up as much as 90% marketshare. With such sort of dominance these apps we’ve not seen many alternative solutions in the past few years.
Common sense says that it might be next to impossible for a new app in this field to play catch up with the major three, but the newcomer on field Halite (named after a mineral) might just stand a chance.
Halite has been in development since 2006, and over the years it has become a fast, full fledged lightweight BitTorrent client. One of the greatest strengths of Halite is that it uses minimal system resources. If you thought uTorrent was already lightweight, then correct yourself because Halite consistently uses up half the resources that uTorrent uses on my PC.
Halite supports all the basic features the average downloader would need including encryption, selective downloading, a torrent creator and more. At the moment there is no support for disk caching, seeding preferences and torrent queuing, but these and others are on the to do list, which means they will be implemented in the future.
Well not everything went good for Mozilla on its planned download day to celebrate the release of Firefox 3. Mozilla had declared today as Download Day, in an effort to set a Guinness World Record for most software downloads in one day. Somehow the plans did not work out that well. The Servers were almost down till 1PM PST, while the event was scheduled to begin at 10AM PST.
Looks like Mozilla didn’t plan well in advance, as one by one their servers went off with the huge number of people hitting the server every minute. Everything is running smooth now, so you can download Firefox 3 right away.
However a question needs to be asked.. Did Mozilla really have to gun for a world record of most software downloads in a day rather than focusing on its natural download/release cycle. Why all this PR? They could have done it the simple way, even if they had done that, we would have seen huge number of downloads today..
Yes get ready. The most anticipated release of the year is just a few hours away as I write this. Firefox 3 will arrive today that is June 17th after over 34 months of active development.
As you might already know, Mozilla is trying to create a world record for the most software downloads in 24 hours, and that time just got a little bit more closer.
To Help its cause, Mozilla is hosting a Download Day event, the Camp Firefox BBQ, at its offices in Mountain View, California, today. The company also has asked Firefox fans to host parties to encourage friends to download with them, and place ‘Download Day’ buttons on their Web sites as reminders of the big day.
The extremely popular media hosting site ImageShack has just begun a free BitTorrent downloading service that allows you to download torrents straight from ImageShack servers, and later download them from ImageShack via a HTTP link.
The Torrent download service is at the moment in a public beta, but nonetheless it works as advertised. Just point ImageShack to the torrent file either via URL or by uploading the torrent file itself. The download will begin immediately and once it is completed you can easily download the files to your computer.
Services such as this aren’t new but until now we haven’t seen a compelling free solution such as the one offered by ImageShack. ImageShack does have some restriction, like you can download at the most only 15GB a month.
Autopatcher was the software almost everyone I knew used, to download Windows Updates, without having to connect to the Microsoft Servers. We Could download updates, burn it to a CD and share with all friends. But Microsoft wasn’t too happy about all this, and they decided to fight against Autopatcher, and had it almost shut down.