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using irc-xdcc

Right now I am living in a country that despises bit-torrent. Once I heard a guy downloading stuffs using the bit-torrent protocol on the college internet, the system admin flagged his activity and then he was dropped from the college. Tracking who is downloading illegal stuffs from bit-torrent isn’t something hard (trust me the tricks are ridiculously simple). To avoid that, there are few options to consider: 1) do not download via bit-torrent at all, 2) use VPN for secure connection, 3) use cloud bit-torrent, 4) if you insist to use it, do not seed after the download is complete.

I would like to go with the first option. Does it mean I am resorting to file-hosting services like MediaFire? Well, kinda… sorta. Current trend that I am aware of is that uploaders upload illegal files with weird file extensions on the file-hosting service, for instance, Anime2Enjoy uses .a2e file extension (and you have to rename it to .mkv after that) to avoid being flagged.

I would go with seemingly archaic solution: IRC. Specifically we are talking about XDCC here.

XDCC (Xabi DCC or eXtended DCC) is a computer file sharing method which uses the Internet Relay Chat (IRC) network as a host service.

If you asked me about the download experience, I’d say “Great! Blazing fast”. Well, that depends on the host upstream bandwidth and (obviously) my download speed.

downloading-with-Colloquy

How it really works in the backend mystifies me. Say that I have spare time to kill (about 2 hours), I would try to set up an IRC server, and then setting up the XDCC bot, and the web-parser for the XDCC. More often than not, research phase consumes time the most.

getting-a-pack-from-a-bot

Here is the how-to to use XDCC by Haruhichan and HorribleSubs. As stated by the article, you need a desktop IRC client. I tried with qwebirc webchat client, but apparently the webchat doesn’t have appropriate module/extension to handle XDCC request.

trying-to-download-using-webchat

Not sure about nirc webchat client but I guess it could have the very same ending as qwebirc if it doesn’t have module/extension to support XDCC. FYI, I am using Colloquy (Mac), and I am not sure about Xchat, and the tutorials from Haruhichan and HorribleSubs require you to have mIRC.

By the way, I was trying to set up XDCC-Fetch on my Xubuntu netbook. Luck wasn’t with me, and I didn’t bother to dig deeper.

not-sure-how-to-install-XDCC-Fetch

p/s: Just now I learned there’s a secure version of DCC, called SDCC. Just figured out that it allows you to have a secure AES-256-DCC chat, and there is an extension for SSL DCC chat between Eggdrop (IRC server) and psyBNC (IRC bouncer).

Old technology is always something worth learning!