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Postby SlyckTom » Wed Aug 25, 2004 12:40 pm

There was a time when FastTrack was the pinnacle of file-sharing. Not only did it manage to take the file-sharing crown, but offered a reliable means to get the files you want. Sound strange? Chances are if this description of FastTrack sounds foreign to you, perhaps you were not around during the days of Morpheus.

When FastTrack first arrived on the P2P scene, it was only accessible by KaZaA. Notice the capital "Z" and "A". When Kazaa was owned by KaZaA BV in the Netherlands, it was spelled in this manner. Sharman changed the capitalization to distinguish ownership. In the early part of 2001, Morpheus dropped its support of OpenNap and joined the FastTrack network.

While this may seem like a foreign concept today, FastTrack was accessible without fear of any kind of spyware, adware, hijackware or scamware. Files were plentiful and corrupt mp3s were virtually unheard of. Slowly, the situation began to degrade. Sharman Networks took control of FastTrack and the Kazaa software, and the network was never the same again.

The first kick to the P2P community was the elimination of the Morpheus software. At the time, Morpheus was a highly respected client, and many frowned upon its loss. Later, the installation of third party spyware, sanctioned by Sharman Networks, further infuriated users. Lastly, the rampant proliferation of corrupt and false files caused many remaining original users look for alternative networks.

With the many problems facing FastTrack these days, not to mention it being the bulls eye in the RIAA's crusade, one would think this network is largely populated by the uninformed or computer illiterate, right? Think again. Over the course of the last year, I have been witnessing something quite striking occur among the computer literate.

The other day, I am over a friend's apartment while he is constructing a new computer - a very computer literate guy (at least so I thought.) After installing Windows XP and getting it online, one of the first tasks he almost preformed was to download Kazaa. Not Kazaa Lite, but Kazaa Media Desktop. After a lengthy conversation and pointing to the many <a href=http://www.p2pforums.com/viewtopic.php?t=4208 target="_blank">evils</a> of FastTrack software, Ares Lite was instead installed on the nearly ruined computer.

Other similar circumstances have also arisen. About eight months ago my network administrator, a very talented programmer, began complaining about performance problems on his home computer. What was supposed to be a pristine workstation was instead infected with Kazaa. I asked whether he was using Kazaa Lite or Kazaa Media Desktop (KMD.) I was nearly floored, but not entirely surprised when I learned that KMD was his client of choice. After directing him to DietK, his problems magically disappeared.

There are many other similar circumstances that exist, however the point remains that third party software is still a mystery to a large segment of the Internet population. While spyware may not mean too much to your average FastTrack/AOL user, it was a shocking revelation to the aforementioned individuals. Spyware is a relatively new concept, and something many do not even consider. More interestingly, many computer literate individuals are not aware that a file-sharing world exists outside of Kazaa - a genius marketing ploy by Sharman.

If you have been duped by spyware from Kazaa, you are not alone. Even the most computer literate individuals fail to read the End User Licensing Agreement, which specifies (to some extent at least) what will be installed on your machine. However, do not let Kazaa be your first impression into file-sharing.

While Kazaa may be the most common name in file-sharing, it certainly is far from being the end all of the P2P community. If it is music you want, we suggest trying out many of the newer, more advance networks such as <a href=http://www.aresgalaxy.org target=”_blank”>Ares</a>, <a href=http://www.slsknet.org>SoulSeek</a>, <a href=http://www.winmx.com target=”_blank”>WinMX</a> or <a href=http://www.Piolet.com target=”_blank”>Piolet</a>. If you do not want to bother with the Newsgroups for movies or videos, then <a href=http://dessent.net/btfaq/ target=”_blank”>BitTorrent</a> is for you. Also check out the helpful search sites <a href=http://www.suprnova.org target=”_blank”>Suprnova.org</a> (BitTorrent) or <a href=http://www.vcdquality.org target=”_blank”>VCDQuality</a> (IRC and Newsgroups.)
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Postby serrebi101 » Wed Aug 25, 2004 12:48 pm

Really great article thom!
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Postby DaBlade » Wed Aug 25, 2004 12:53 pm

Superb article Tom!
but why didn't you add WinMX to the list at the bottom?
Could you do me a favor and add it please? :wink:
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Postby Unbiased_Opinion » Wed Aug 25, 2004 12:56 pm

Great Article!! :D

I can only hope and pray that this will help those stil using the FastCrap network to see the light. Great alternatives provided too. I am stil shocked that kazaa hasn't lost all of its users yet, as they rightfully should. Man we need a new team of hackers to hack that Sh!te installer of Kazaa and redirect it to either here or P2P's forum on Why Not To Use Fasttrack. Oh, yea by the way, great article (again). I hope this will deter at least some of the poor Fasttrack population. :D

EDIT: As SlyckTom mentioned in a another post I will add a few links to programs that access the Edonkey2000 network (which in my opinion is the best for just about everything)

Edonkey2000 (Official Client that connects to Overnet as well)

e-Mule (Open Source Project that connects to Edonkey Servers As well as the KAD network)

e-Mule Plus (Also connects to Edonkey servers, but not KAD, as far as I'm aware)
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Postby SharedHolder » Wed Aug 25, 2004 1:06 pm

Really nice article , but i don't see emule , the donkey network is the best .
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Postby DaBlade » Wed Aug 25, 2004 1:06 pm

Hey, don't diss FakeTrack! It happens to be very very good for certain types of files (xxx). :lol: :lol:
And it even has more of certain files than networks designed exclusively for that (Sexter) :shock: :lol: :lol:
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Postby SlyckTom » Wed Aug 25, 2004 1:09 pm

SharedHolder: I put VCDQuality in there since it searches eDonkey. I figured it is the best way to cover all my bases...otherwise I'd be listing P2P networks all day :-D

If you would like to add some links in your posts, please be my guest!

Edit: Halo, your WinMX link is added :-D

Edit2: What I meant to say is that VCDQuality is good for the newsgroups and irc. Check out thisarticle for a list of eDonkey indexing sites..
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Postby Unbiased_Opinion » Wed Aug 25, 2004 1:11 pm

Yea well I guess you don't really have to worry about corrupted or fake download of pr0n, do you Halo? You must be into some weird stuff if you can stand all the fakes (especially with pr0n). :lol:
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Postby tomy » Wed Aug 25, 2004 1:17 pm

You are throwing stones at your own roof :roll:
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Postby Allied » Wed Aug 25, 2004 1:30 pm

I still have faith in fasttrack.
eDonkey, kceasy and mlDonkey are all infuseing real files into the fasttrack network. A simple file rateing system integrated into KLT or KLR would give all the responsible fasttrack users the ability to clean the network. Something that would let you rate files without downloading them.
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Postby SlyckTom » Wed Aug 25, 2004 1:31 pm

A simplefile rateing system integrated into KLT or KLR would give all the responsible fasttrack users the ability to clean the network.


Why bother when this already exists on other networks?
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Postby Allied » Wed Aug 25, 2004 1:35 pm

I can't think of any reason. But I can't think of any reason why people are still working on Fasttrack clients like KLR, KLT, K-Lite and Mammoth. Either they know something I don't or they also have faith in the network.
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Postby DaBlade » Wed Aug 25, 2004 1:40 pm

Thanks Tom!
Unbiased_Opinion wrote:Yea well I guess you don't really have to worry about corrupted or fake download of pr0n, do you Halo? You must be into some weird stuff if you can stand all the fakes (especially with pr0n). :lol:


And simple nudist movies and amateurs(that perverted me likes to watch) are rarely fake....
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Postby Unbiased_Opinion » Wed Aug 25, 2004 1:40 pm

Or maybe they just want users who stil have faith in the network to quit using the Sh!t infested official kazaa installer. :idea:
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Postby notbob » Wed Aug 25, 2004 1:55 pm

just because someone is an admin doesn't mean they know jack shit about anything, much less computers

i worked with one that used gator to save his passwords, and another who uses kazaa

the people i know in the real world are so oblivious of computers it frightens me, and knowing that they all use IE and probably have never applied a patch is a lot scarier than the fact they use kazaa
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Postby cjules13 » Wed Aug 25, 2004 1:58 pm

Just because you're computer literate doesn't mean you're p2p literate. Even the smartest start out as p2p noobs, and until they learn, that's what they'll choose...!
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Postby miner » Wed Aug 25, 2004 2:08 pm

great article. :) good list of apps in the last paragraph.
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Re: Kazaa - Not Just for Newbies

Postby HouseCrowd » Wed Aug 25, 2004 2:11 pm

Excellent article Tom!


It is quite amazing how many people have never even heard of 'spyware' nor are aware of the consequences of installing such crap - I could personally name many. Thinking about it though, whilst it is not entirely isolated to the p2p world, spyware is something you're more likely to come across - and become informed about - as an avid filesharer rather than a casual one, especially since you're likely to wind up at sites such as this as a result.




SlyckTom wrote:When FastTrack first arrived on the P2P scene, it was only accessible by KaZaA. Notice the capital "Z" and "A". When Kazaa was owned by KaZaA BV in the Netherlands, it was spelled in this manner. Sharman changed the capitalization to distinguish ownership. In the early part of 2001, Morpheus dropped its support of OpenNap and joined the FastTrack network.



Well, *@#% me!! ... never knew that! :shock: :lol: .... and there was me writing it as 'KaZaA' all this time ... never realised it had 'officially' changed.
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Re: Kazaa - Not Just for Newbies

Postby cjules13 » Wed Aug 25, 2004 2:13 pm

HouseCrowd wrote:It is quite amazing how many people have never even heard of 'spyware' nor are aware of the consequences of installing such crap - I could personally name many.

I work with a number of degreed CS professionals, who some only have a vague idea what spyware is...
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Postby Trev0r269 » Wed Aug 25, 2004 3:10 pm

Very entertaining article. I remember vividly back in the day when KaZaA was good app. I was a sophomore in high school and I would turn people onto Morpheus because it was on the FastTrack network and it was very easy to get mp3s, apps, and sometimes movies. Then I also remember telling people Morpheus is on gnutella (thats when gnutella took a dip and at the same time i got a letter from columbia about movie downloading. what a dark day for me and p2p) and KaZaA was the new hot thing.
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Re: Kazaa - Not Just for Newbies

Postby iNaNimAtE » Wed Aug 25, 2004 5:57 pm

SlyckTom wrote:While spyware may not mean too much to your average FastTrack/AOL user, it was a shocking revelation to the aforementioned individuals.

Amazing how the two are similar, eh?

Now maybe the name has changed, but the logo hasn't:
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Postby kevogod » Wed Aug 25, 2004 6:50 pm

KaZaA isn't quite the plague it used to be.
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Postby HEAT84 » Thu Aug 26, 2004 1:00 am

SlyckTom wrote:SharedHolder: I put VCDQuality in there since it searches eDonkey. :-D


Huh? I go there all the time and the only thing you can search there is through the releases that have been posted. If you goto the info page for a particular release it has customized links to a newsgroup and IRC sesrch engine but no E-Donkey searching. COuld this be one of those things they won't tell you about and don't want you to ask about there?
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Postby JiMiThInG » Thu Aug 26, 2004 3:00 pm

I'm pretty sure Tom just spit the wording out wrong..
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Postby SlyckTom » Thu Aug 26, 2004 3:14 pm

Yeah, I must have been eating some funky brownies when I wrote that! I have added an additional edit to that post... :lol:
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