Monitor Public Torrent Trackers With Trackon

greenshot_2009-11-27_22-51-42Regular BitTorrent users should know that a public torrent tracker can get a fit of hiccups any time of the day. With recent incidents involving anti-piracy organizations shutting down public and private trackers, it has become increasingly difficult to find open and public BitTorrent trackers that still race through the wild. You never know when a perfectly fine tracker goes down and takes with it, your torrents, unless it’s got life support in the form of DHT.

Even though a torrent can function without using a tracker, taking help from DHT, tracker-less technologies are still bleeding-edge and aren’t mature. So, it is always recommended that a torrent lists one or several functioning trackers.

Trackon is a service to monitor the status and health of existing open and public trackers that anyone can use. Using the list from the website, you can choose the trackers you wish to list in your torrents, going through their status and health. You can arrange the list on the basis of uptime percentage, status and latency. In case you are looking for a safe SSL encrypted tracker, Trackon makes it even easier by listing the trackers that support it.

Trackon (pronounced as dragon, with a T) is based off the Google AppEngine and currently monitors 63 torrent trackers. It also employs an API, documentation for which can be accessed here. Trackon itself is opensource, and its code can be downloaded from here.

UK ISP Virgin Media To Track P2P Torrent Filesharing


Looks like sharing files through torrents is going to become bit of a pain for users of the UK ISP Virgin Media. According to reports in The Register, they have begun testing a new technology to track illegal P2P filesharingon its network.

Virgin Media will trial deep packet inspection technology to measure the level of illegal filesharing on its network, but plans not to tell the customers whose traffic will be examined.

The system, CView, will be provided by Detica, a BAE subsidiary that specialises in large volume data collection and processing, and whose traditional customers are the intelligence agencies and law enforcement.

This is definitely bad news for users who relied on torrents to download both legal and illegal content, as the watchdogs will now have more information on who is downloading what and where.

It would be very wise to stop downloading illegal content now or else be prepared to face some legal actions in near future.

[via The Next Web]

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Alternatives to Mininova

Earlier today, Minnova decided to go legal and delete all the bad torrentsfrom their index, evoking a collective gasp from the huge torrent downloading community. This came as a real surprise to many people, since Mininova was one of the biggest indexer of torrents and indexed more than a million torrents, most of them illegal and pirated software.

However, there is no dearth of torrent indexers. Torrent Freak has put up a list of 10 Mininova alternatives, you will find the links below.

  1. Vertor
  2. SeedPeer
  3. Torrentreactor
  4. Alive Torrents
  5. KickassTorrents
  6. BTjunkie
  7. isoHunt
  8. yourBitTorrent
  9. The Pirate Bay
  10. Fulldls


Mininova Deletes Illegal Torrents, Goes Legal, one of the biggest and most popular torrent services has just lost a battle in court. As a result, they are deleting a large number of torrents from their servers that they don’t have rights to distribute.

As this blog entry explains, Mininova is limiting itself to Content Distribution Service. It means, they can only distribute the content for which they have distribution rights and all the other stuff just goes out the window. There is no specific information of how many torrents would be deleted but speculation is that it will be in tens of thousands.

This is a sad day for thousands of users who get most of their content such as music and movies through torrents. Do you think the same would happen to other torrent sites as well? What are some of the alternates now?

Download Google Chrome OS Torrents

We recently told you about download Google Chrome OS for VMware from In addition to that you can also download OS through torrents. The Chrome OS image from torrents can be run using Virtual Box from Sun.


Once you have downloaded the torrent you can read this step by step tutorial by TechCrunch to install Chrome OS in Virtual Box.

The default login to Chrome OS is your Google username and password. For more screenshots of the Chrome OS build, visit the Chrome OS for VMware post.

Download Google Chrome OS Torrent

RIP: Pirate Bay Tracker Shuts Down

Pirate Bay has been one of the biggest torrent trackers available to users. However, it has been embroiled in court cases and litigations throughout its existence. Quite recently the Pirate Bay founders were slapped with a massive fine.


TorrentFreak reports that they have finally taken down the Pirate Bay tracker permanently. The reason given by the TPB owners is that, trackerless solutions have been popular now and people don’t have to rely on tracker website for downloads.

Despite this success, The Pirate Bay operators today decided to pull the plug and close down the tracker permanently. The evolution of the BitTorrent protocol has made trackers redundant they say, as BitTorrent downloads work well with trackerless solutions such as DHT and PEX.

If you are looking for alternative trackers, you can try out OpenBitTorrent which we had reviewed earlier.

How to Find and Download Torrents Without any Torrent Client

If you want to download torrents without using any desktop torrent client, Taffybox would be useful. It lets you download torrents using a java applet from your browser.

Other than a browser based torrent downloader, Taffybox is also a torrent search engine. You can search for torrents using the search box and if you know the link of a torrent file, just place it in the search box and hit enter. When the search results are shown, click the green button to start downloading the torrent.


Taffybox is free there are no registrations or signups involved. If you are a Firefox fan, read how to search torrents from Firefox.

Download Torrents using Bitlet

Similar to Taffybox, Bitlet let’s you download any torrent file without using any torrent client. Just go to the homepage of Bitlet and paste the torrent meta file url. Bitlet opens a pop up window and starts downloading the torrent in your computer.


If you want to give a torrent link for download in your blog or website, Bitlet can be very useful. You can create a direct link of any torrent file using Bitlet code generator and paste the link in your blog so that users can easily download it. They also have a bookmarklet which you can use to download torrent files without opening the Bitlet website. So next time you want to share a direct download link of any torrent file, use Bitlet.

Techie-Buzz Verdict

Both the tools are good but are no replacements of regular torrent clients. One problem with both the services is that the downloads are slow. While you can speed up torrent clients using special measures, there is no way you can speed up web based torrent downloads.

Techie-Buzz Rating: 2/5 (Average).

AT&T Sues Verizon, Conficker is Back, File Shares Hide Online Identities, Apple Rejects App for Using “iPhone”, PayPal in 24 Currencies [WUITW]


Credit: Business Insider

AT&T Sues Verizon over There’s a map for Thatads – AT&T is furious at Verizon for their new, There’s a map for Thatads, which is pretty similar to the iPhone catchline There’s an app for that. Wonder why Apple is silent about this?

Millions of File-Sharers Hide Their Identities Online – TorrentFreak reports that millions of users cloak their identity while sharing files online, fearing backlash from the piracy industry.

After One Year, Conficker Infects Seven Million Computers – Remember the Conficker Worm? Well, it has come out of hibernation and attacked more than 7 million computers.

Apple Rejects another app from the App store for using the word iPhone – Can Apple’s app store get any more weirder than this?

PayPal now supports 24 currencies – PayPal has just announced, that they will be supporting 24 currencies at the PayPal X developer platform.

Answers to Common DHT Torrent Myths

utorrent_logoIf you are into files sharing using P2P software, you might come across wrong information from several sources. Most of the information available are myths and not true.

Torrent Freak a site dedicated to Torrent news, have create a list of questions for Tracker less torrent downloads using DHT (Distributed Hash Table), and given reasoning as to why they are myths and totally wrong.

Torrent Freak has provided proper explanation for the following questions related to DHT:

  • You must turn off DHT when you use private trackers.
  • Certain clients leak DHT data and should be avoided.
  • You can be tracked by DHT / AntiP2P groups use DHT to find you
  • DHT slows your system down
  • You need to connect to a tracker, before you can use DHT
  • When enabled, it sends usage data back to tracking companies

For answers to the above questions, visit Torrent Freak.

Best Peer to Peer (P2P) & Torrent Software Clients for File Sharing

Peer to Peer or P2P file sharing is one of the most easiest and simplest way to share files online, using P2P you can download and upload files directly to another computer without the need to use a server.


Of course sharing files using Torrents and P2P does require a tracking server, but no information is uploaded to them, the transfer occurs directly from one PC to another.

P2P file sharing allows you to easily share large files without wasting time as downloads and uploads can run simultaneously so users do not have to wait till the entire content is uploaded before they can download it.

In this list we will look at some of the Best P2P & Torrent Software for File sharing.


uTorrent is undoubtedly one of the best software for sharing and download torrent file. This big daddy also supports UDP tracking in the latest beta release uTorrent 2.0.

uTorrent is very lightweight and also supports downloading torrents using a web interface. If you are looking to deal with torrents don’t look any further than uTorrent.

uTorrent can work both on Windows and Mac.

Here are some helpful articles that will help you tweak and uTorrent.


BitTorrent is the original torrent sharing software that started it all. This simple client allows you to quickly download and share media with other users. It also provides users with DNA Acceleration and is optimized for next-generation devices.

Like uTorrent, BitTorrent is lightweight and easy to use. BitTorrent sports a no-frills minimalistic interface and provides fast downloads.

Azureus aka Vuze

Azureus is a Java based torrent download client that also supports plugins. It also consists of power search feature which allows you to search content. In addition to that it has login support for private torrent trackers.

You can also discover high quality HD videos on the Vuze HD network using the same client. Azureus was very popular at one point of time, but uTorrent definitely took its thunder.


has inbuilt torrent downloading support. You don’t even have to install any third party software to download torrents and can do it all with Opera.

You can manage and download all the torrents using Opera. Comparatively it is less feature rich, but definitely worth using.


LimeWire has been around for a long time, it now incorporates both P2P and BitTorrent downloading.

LimeWire allows you to create and share lists of files with your friends, download BitTorrent files, spam filtering in search results and virus protection.

You can either download a free version or go for more features with a paid version of LimeWire.


iMesh claims to be the ultimate P2P file sharing community which provides users instant access to over 15 million free songs & videos and over 4 million original high quality songs licensed from the record labels.

Downloading songs & videos from iMesh is 100% legal and you can also listen to songs on your iPod classic and nano.

Other Notable P2P/Torrent Software

Additional Peer to Peer (P2P) and Torrent Articles

Do you use any other P2P/Torrent clients to share and download content? Do let us know through your comments.