Exploring the Bittorrent and RSS relationship

Rather than reading student synopsis, I've been put off track by looking at the future of peer 2 peer networking. Then I looked at Slakinski log which talks about the release of Nucleus which is a RSS aggregator that focuses on Bittorrent files embedded in them. Very cool, even Harvard Law is following this area with enclosures. I'm interested if anyone has brought Enclosure to RSS 1.0 and ATOM? If not I think I may do it myself, as one of the great reasons for RSS 1.0 is its modules which could include a whole number of things, or so I was led to believe. I mean even the ability to use namespaces is an advantage surely?

Anyhow this is all really interesting stuff, and it seriously reminds me that I need to fix my apache cocoon to take advantage of this great idea. I mean for example it wouldnt be that difficult to search through a load of torrents and make rss files with enclosures to then syndicate onwards. This would be great because then you could do mass filtering and even create a webservice. Think of it as Suprnova but with no front end. Tell the trust some must have done this already? Oh and heres a good article explain it all.

I was also reading Steve Mallett's blog about the future of the semantic web, specially in the light of RSS and Torrents.

Now, would you rather publish your book review using Amazon's form or the weblog you use many times a week? Would you like to write your book review on Amazon and then write again on your weblog that you wrote a review – possibly writing the review twice? How about your local bookstore? Are you going to write one for them as well?

It got me thinking about this DIY model. Steve makes many valid points but the one which strikes home is the one about Social software. I signed up to Orkut and got pretty sick of filling in information which I didnt really want to give in the first place. I tend not like to commit to different services now, I mean flickr was the last one I signed up to, and even then I'm not using it alot. I put myself in the bloggers and geek girls are sexy groups, for all of 1 day, I thought it would be good idea to contrbute pictures in a group fashion, but i got bored – quickly…
Steve ends with Own your data. This future is here and is evenly distributed. I have to agree up to a point, I find it hard to believe I'm still hosting cubicgarden.com on my 512k broadband connection. Hows that for owning your own data?

By the way a google one query return

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Broadband upgrade

Ok I've reviewed the situation again. If I want to get more broadband, I have 4 options.

NTL with Xbox plus Demon option
Total broadband bandwidth: 2meg down | 384kps up
No connection fee
Breakdown: 39.99 per month for NTL 1.5meg with Xbox console plus 24.99 per month for Demon 512. Total = 64.98 per month
Positive: Xbox, No connection fees, cable
Negative: Expensive, not much upload, mettered downloads, 12 month contract

NTL plus Demon option
Total broadband bandwidth: 2meg down | 384kps up
No connection fee
Breakdown: 37.99 per month for NTL 1.5meg plus 24.99 per month for Demon 512. Total = 62.98 per month
Positive: No connection fees, cable
Negative: not much upload, mettered downloads, 12 month contract

Bulldog plus Demon option
Total broadband bandwidth: 2meg down | 512kps up
50 pound connection fee plus 74 connection fee to BT for new line
Breakdown: 40.00 per month for 2meg Bulldog (extra 33 for modem and connection, unless i can get internal adsl modem working),10.50 for BT Together 1 connection, plus 24.99 per month for Demon 512. Total = 75.49 per month
Positive: Fast and option of static ip (5 per month more), 1 month contract option
Negative: Expensive, new line needed

Demon Business option
Total broadband bandwidth: 1meg down | 256kps up
50 pounds connection fee
Breakdown: 55 per month (plus VAT) Demon business 1000. Total = 64.63 per month
Positive: One single connection, static ip's
Negative: not much upload, 12 month contract, business price

I do have the option of going less on the NTL and Bulldog options, like NTL 750kps instead of 1.5meg. The 1meg Bulldog service would equal the same cost as the others around 64 pounds. But I'm seriously thinking I should keep it simple and get 1 meg Demon but for roughly the same price I get more bandwidth and another xbox with NTL. Help what should I do? Anyone rate NTL even with there mettered downloads? And when the heck are demon going to bring out there 1meg consumer broadband package! *screams*

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Ecto on Windows

Slipped right past my rader, the windows version of Ecto . Needs the Microsoft .net framework version 1.1 which is a pain but acceptable. Downloaded it myself and tried it out but I can not get it to post a blog entry. I've tried using the MetaweblogAPI and even the AtomAPI but no chance. There seems to be some problem with categories on both API's. Its odd though because the Mac version seems to work ok? The support forum doesnt seem to have much in the way of answers either. So in the meantime wbloggar is what I will use, but I have to say the atomAPI looks pretty tasty.

But for now I still need sort out my blojsom installation, as it seems not to post any blogs I send via xmlrpc. Quite odd. Anyway as said before I'm looking at the meta plugin with more joy, first project I'm thinking is using the Amazon RESTful service and Meta plugin on the bookmarks fill in details on books and films. Need to learn more VM or work out how to run XSL inside of VM?

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