Thursday, December 16, 2004
WAREZ, Another P2P Program
warez pronounced "weirz". A term used by software pirates use to describe a cracked game or application that is made available to the Internet. This is a pretty common term across the internet to describe any matter of illiegal material, programs, films, porn and MP3s. So what would you expect to find when visiting http://www.warez.com? A site full of porno popups and links to never ending "we are the best warez site - vote for us here" type pages? Suprisingly not. What you will find is a link to a smart new P2P program called "Warez" that looks and operates very similar to Kazaa and is apparently growing in popularity at a great rate. I did a quick test this morning (before setting off late to work again) and i was pleasantly suprised to find that it is quite quick to download stuff from! I managed to get a fistful (or should that be sackfull) of Christmas MP3s for our up-coming xmas drinks party within 10 mins or so. After each download has finished a small window pops up a-la MSN Messenger notifications to say that the file has been "delivered" to you. A nice touch - which i have not seen before. I hope i can turn the option off though as it may get a little annoying. There was only 1 million users connected at the time which you may think is not too bad - but i have seen Kazaa reporting over 7 million users connected when it was at its pinnacle. And as the Warez client can be downloaded from the mighty www.download.com i expect that more people will jump on board. I found the file searches fast which are only marred by the fact that there are not too many people connected at present which means not many results. I will still have a use for Kazaa/Soulseek/Bittorrent when an obscure track is needed but Warez looks like a promising start! Let me know if you try it and what your thoughts are.