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30 June 2007 @ 10:31 pm

I'm too bloody stupid to understand how to use bloody torrents and Don is asleep and I'll probably not see the Doctor Who season finale until next bloody week.

And yes, I know it's stupid to be this cranky about a blasted TV show, but there it is.

I also ate sugar today for the first time in nigh on three months and I've been eating badly for the past few days all told so I'm feeling very much out of sorts and my body hates me a whole lot. Deservedly so.
I feel: frustratedfrustrated
rabu-rabu-zura?kiarasayre on July 1st, 2007 03:02 am (UTC)

1. Download a .torrent client, such as BitTorrent or Azureus (I quite like Azureus).

2. Go to a torrent site like Demonoid or Mininova and find the torrent you want.

3. Click on the link; it'll ask whether you want to save or open the file. Say 'open', and it should open in your torrent client, which will then begin to download the episode.

Keep in mind that it's peer-to-peer, so when selecting torrents, pick the ones with the most "seeders" (i.e. people who have the entire file and are now just hosting it) and the fewest "leechers" (people who don't have the entire file and are downloading it). Also, when a file downloads, it downloads little bits at a time, taking different chunks from different seeders - so when a file is 50% done, it doesn't necessarily mean that it's the first half, just that half the file has been downloaded - it could be the last half, it could be a quarter in to a quarter from the end, it could be every other second.

One last thing - there's one torrent for the DW finale that you want to avoid: the XviD-AFFiNiTY release has ridiculously out-of-synch audio. The others should be fine.

Hope this helps!
Kel: better with twoladyjoust on July 1st, 2007 12:12 pm (UTC)
*glomps!* It helps immensely. I'd already downloaded Tomato Torrent (someone recommended that to me ages ago), but had no idea how to find or actuall download files.

Unfortunately, I was so excited about downloading, I clicked on the first link to the show I found at mininova (avoiding, albeit, the one you cautioned me against.) It has 1277 seeders and 980 leechers. Is this going to be bad, do you think?

Ah, well. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I'm about about 10% downloaded and 3 hrs. 20 min. (is this fast or slow? I am so completely clueless).

In any case, thankyouthankyouthankyou!

Oh, and happy graduation!
rabu-rabu-zura?: Nine and Rosekiarasayre on July 1st, 2007 01:37 pm (UTC)
A high number of seeders is more important than a low number of leechers - because even leechers, as they're downloading the file, are uploading bits of the file they already have. And speeds depend on so many completely random factors (how many people are uploading, how many people are downloading, your internet connection) that I'd say three hours is pretty good - torrents will pretty much always take longer than straight downloads, often by a pretty wide margin.

Why thank you! :D