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Skypecast Shutting Down

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Skypecast has been shut down by Skype, apparently due to the quality concerns. Skypecast was sort of a poor man’s podcast tool.

Written by Brajesh

August 30, 2008 at 5:17 pm

Posted in Desktop, P2P

Butterfly Effect

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Skype Blog on Skype’s outage over last week (blaming re-boots after regular Tuesday Windows updates):

“The abnormally high number of restarts affected Skype’s network resources. This caused a flood of log-in requests, which, combined with the lack of peer-to-peer network resources, prompted a chain reaction that had a critical impact.”

Too far-fetched to be true!

[Update] : Skype blog clarifies the Mircosoft connection, and that they don’t blame Microsoft for the catastrophe.

Written by Brajesh

August 20, 2007 at 1:56 pm

Posted in Microsoft, P2P, Windows, WTF

BitTorrent Protocol and Client Gone Closed

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Latest version of BitTorrent client (v 6.0), which is based on closed-source uTorrent (acquired a while back), has not been released, neither has been the protocol specs. The “official” BitTorrent client has never been very popular compared to other protocol implementations like Azureus and uTorrent.

Protocol specs, although technically closed, are available with very tightly maintained SDK license.  And, all previous version of protocol as well as the client are available openly.

In lifecycle of any technology “The step after ubiquity is invisibility“. I always hoped BitTorrent to follow that curve. Not anymore probably.

Written by Brajesh

August 9, 2007 at 11:54 am

BitTorrent acquiring µTorrent

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µTorrent being the most lightweight (and most efficient) BitTorrent implementation, it’s an interesting move on the part of BitTorrent Inc. to acquire them.

Written by Brajesh

December 8, 2006 at 6:06 am

Posted in P2P, Trends

Lawsuits P2P’d

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This is about Skype and Zennstrom being sued by Streamcast (Morpheus maker). Om Malik tells

At the core of the complaint is the FastTrack P2P technology, which went from Kazaa to Sharman and eventually ending up in Skype.

TechDirt has some background and details here.

Written by Brajesh

March 28, 2006 at 6:43 am

Posted in Money, P2P

Is Google going p2p?

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Sharelive used to be a file sharing site. Now it resolves to Google’s page. Is there anything to read like Google’s p2p plans or it’s just a site rip off.

Written by Brajesh

February 2, 2006 at 6:20 am

Posted in Google, P2P

Google Desktop and P2P

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Now this was an interesting opinion piece – Google Desktop Is P2P in Sheep’s Clothing at PublishThe article says

Everybody realized that Google wasn’t building the Memex, it was building an advertising empire. Blogger was the first big step. Blogger meant freshly minted Web pages at the rate of millions per year. And on those pages, freshly minted contextual advertising.

Then came Google Base.

But the problem with Google Base is that it relies on people to push data to it. The upload mechanism right now is a bit inefficient.

So now we have Google Desktop on USB drives and which can be used to automatically upload content to Google Base.

And as Google’s desktop applications land on more and more hard drives, I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw Google get into the P2P space. Imagine searching, not only the Web, but also the information that other people make public on their hard drives. Next year, don’t be surprised if there’s a little check box during Google Desktop’s installation which says “Share my files.”

Farfetched, but interesting. But the idea that the content has to be uploaded on ‘the base’ makes it essentially non P2P and just a brute force workaround with limited scope – storage doesn’t come free, even for Google.

Written by Brajesh

December 29, 2005 at 12:58 pm

Posted in Content, Google, P2P