By Deane Barker on May 30, 2005
BitLord – The Ultimate BitTorrent Downloader: I’m not a BitTorrent ninja. I barely have a grasp on how the system works. Consequently, up until now, I’ve been using the standard BitTorrent client — the one written by Bram Cohen.
I tried a different client today — BitLord — and I’m awfully impressed with it. It appears to be written in .Net, and it’s as professional an app as I’ve ever seen. Very clean, very well laid out, and full of handy options.
Two things have made my life easier:
As I wrote in a prior post, most of the links from the new BitTorrent search engine came up as “Problem connecting to tracker.” I thought this was the kiss of death for a download, but it turns out you just need to be patient and let the client keep trying.
With the original BitTorrent client, this was hard because the error dialog would pop up, and I think it was modal — I believe that the client blocked in the background while this window was up. So I had to sit and watch it, and click away the window when it appeared.BitLord is much more sensible — it just keeps trying without telling you about it. Sure enough, after a few minutes, the client connected to the tracker and we were in good shape.
BitLord also deciphers the file (“the file” — what is the official name of the .torrent file, anyway? Does anyone know?) and tells you a bunch of information about what you’re trying to connect to — including the URL of the tracker.
This helped me this morning because I noticed I was trying to connect to a tracker at btefnet.com, which used to be torrents.co.uk, and — by the looks of the Go Daddy coming soon page at that address — is permanently offline. Thus, I knew that one was never gonna connect.
If you have any other good BitTorrent clients out there, please speak up. And, again, let me apologize for the fact that I may very well have no idea what I’m talking about here. I know as much about BitTorrent as I do about women, sadly.