As for the clients, I use uTorrent on XP and BitTorrent on Vista/Linux. I've also considered making a BitTorrent appliance that's really locked down, with some mechanism for quickly getting the files outside of the VM if I think they are safe. It would probably just have BT client, SSH, and SCP for transfers. I would like to design my own cuz I'm not to big on those virtual appliances I've seen so far, which focus on usability/features more than security. Anyone doing something similar?
As for USENEXT, I had that. It's definitely fast, but has way less cool stuff on it. There are thousands of books, of every imaginable type, so its good for that. You also have fewer guarantees that the content is even in English, even if post is in English. Very populated by Germans and such. Way more stuff on BT trackers, and if you use a dedicated box, the download time isn't an issue. I can do a download for a week because (a) one taking that long usually doesn't use much bandwidth, so connection aint too slow and ( it doesn't tie up my main computer. A separate box also acts as an additional security barrier. There was only one thing that is plentiful on USENEXT: full-length porn DVD's. That's probably why that other guy is still using it. (oh yea,: it aint free)
Edited by army_of_one, 07 February 2009 - 06:38 PM.