Update 2020 Dec 01
Six years (gasp!) after the original post, and we are almost starting 2021, and by now everyone is WFH. And the so-called “Internet” has ground to a halt. At least for some.
But here is a much better way to share your files. Really.
If you just need a solution now, click on this Resilio Inc page.
Is this zero-effort “click-next-click” experience? No, it is not. Is it worth it? Definitely.
If you belong to a group of a bit more curious WFH individuals, please read this text.
Update 2020 Apr 11
These days work from home is seen as the “challenge”. Let us make it a bit less of that for everyone. This file-sharing “Cloud Free” technology is relevant indeed. And it is not new.
After a few years of neglect, I just re-installed it. And it works rather well. Cloud free file sharing. Very fast. Faster than local network copy. The only snag? It has to be installed manually on every machine you want to sync with. Pity you can not pop into the office right now. But your coworkers, do not have to. Everybody stays at home and installs Bit Torrent sync. The more people share a set of files, the faster the P2P sync is.
The concept is rather good and many (read: almost all) people do not know about it. Please read the post below.
Disclaimer: I am not affiliated in any way with “Resilio Inc.”
Update 2018 Oct 21
This morning this post, came out into my focus again, as it appeared among the most popular ones. Who or what made these views I do not know. In any case: welcome.
Anyway. Bit Torrent Sync is now called “Resilio” Inc. They have built a company around it. And it appears there is a free version for personal use.
Please check here. I think I am going to install this on all my devices, and a few more, and use.
Sometimes we need to say: “Just say no to the cloud”.
BitTorrent Technology built-in Windows 10?
No, BitTorrent technology is not part of every Windows 10. That was just a catchy title. But, really why not? Why is this technology not built into a “personal” OS, present on hundreds of millions of active desktops? Like e.g. Windows 10 is, for example?
[What is torrenting? An comprehensive post]
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.
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. Keyword: comfortably. No USB’s, no WiFi crappy routers problems, no hassle.
Even from study to the 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
It is true “fire and forget” experience. Otherwise, if any of the two machines get 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.
And there is no misty 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 technology. BitTorrent protocol is just one facet of that technology.