I’ve developed an appreciation for the power of peer to peer downloads offered by BitTorrent technology and have been exploring the various avenues to effectively utilize this technology without worry of treading on the wrong side of the law. These days I see it necessary to have a BitTorrent client such as uTorrent, which is what I use and recommend. Following is a list of ways I keep my uTorrent client busy.
Download open source software. Some of the larger open source programs such as OpenOffice.org offer downloads via peer to peer networks as opposed to downloading from a single web site.
Get free movies. VODO is a great place to check out independent movies in genres ranging from computer animation to interesting documentaries. This is where P2P really shines. With thousands of seeders helping distribute these movies, you can expect to download them very quickly.
Another good source of movies is Public Domain Torrents where you can find classic movies and cartoons. Good luck downloading them though. Some titles don’t have enough seeders so be prepared for some slow downloading.
Get free games and music. Even with its new role as a content distribution site, I’m still finding Mininova to be a worthwhile source for free music, movies and games. It’s fun to explore the different categories of content to see what’s up and coming in the torrent world.
UPDATE: I have been informed that Mininova is no more. However, there are still plenty of legal torrent sites as listed here.