BitTorrent Technology built in Windows 10?

No, it is not. Ok sorry, just a catchy title. But, really why not? Why is this technology not built into an OS, present on hundreds of millions of desktops? Like e.g. Windows 10 for example?

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Here is my little cute use case from yesterday to prove the point. Visual Studio 2017 “Community Edition”. Free. Great but. That is 6+ GB of an ISO file. To copy this from my main machine to my laptop, over WiFi, from Windows 7 to Windows 8, from my study to bedroom, it takes approximately one hour! Over a pretty decent LAN, not a WiFi. Here is the Windows File Explorer copy dialogue.

To download this ISO it taketh even more.
To download this ISO it taketh even more.

OK, I could use USB. But I am almost out of USB’s. I do not use USB’s any more. I have both OneDrive and Google drive accounts 15GB each. Free. So, as everybody else I forgot my trusty USB’s and I can not find a useful one. USB’s are in any case best medium for passing viruses. We are in 2017. Why should we suffer this?

Then I remembered. I already had BitTorrent Sync on my main machine. I tested it way back in 2014. I was very satisfied with this simple BitTorrent client that allows BitTorrent technology(1) to be used for comfortable personal “torrenting”.

By this I mean, to comfortably, copy or move any kind of files between any kind of machines. Key word: comfortably. No USB’s, no WiFi crappy routers problems, no hassle.

Even from study to bedroom, this is much more comfortable than relying on good old “net bios” and 1+ hour long copy dialogues on your Windows desktops.

BitTorrent on your LAN

 

BitTorrent Sync passing over Visual Studio ISO to my laptop.
BitTorrent Sync passing over Visual Studio ISO to my laptop.

It is true “fire and forget” experience. Otherwise, if any of the two machines gets shut down or something happens to the crappy wifi or home LAN router imposed by the resident ISP it is all over again: 1+ hour Windows copy dialogue. BitTorrent Sync is actually a “liberating experience”.

Not to mention a “man in the middle” liberating experience. Because torrent technology is such, there is simply no “man in the middle”. And I do not even have to hint what that actually means in this unfortunate “Post Snowden” era.

BitTorrent Sync conceptual diagram.
BitTorrent Sync v.s. Cloud, conceptual diagram.

 

And there is no veil of the Cloud. An ideal place for all sorts of well-wishers, traffic throttling, falsely-encrypted, opportunities. Place where man-in-the-middle lives. Even between your study and your bedroom.

[I first published this on 27 Dec 2014]

 

(1) I beg to disagree. BitTorrent is not a protocol. It is a technology. BitTorrent protocol is just one facet of that technology.

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