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A Look inside P2P Guide Requests
October 6, 2005
Thomas Mennecke
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The month of September did not fair well for many P2P companies. One of the file-sharing community’s favorite applications, WinMX, closed it doors amid reports it was served a cease & desist letter from the RIAA. In addition, the same cease & desist letter has forced LimeWire and eDonkey to radically change their business model.

MetaMachine (eDonkey) president Sam Yagan stated at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that he was “throwing in the towel” against the RIAA. Conversely, LimeWire has been quiet on the issue. Although quiet, developers have created two branches of code that will prevent unlicensed files from being shared in future versions.

Where does this leave the P2P community? It depends on the individual. Many have switched to eMule many years ago, while some will keep close tabs on the development of FrostWire (a LimeWire fork.) The closure of these companies will most likely mean very little to a large segment of the file-sharing community, but there will always be a core group of individuals who will remain hopelessly lost. The fruitlessness of their efforts is apparent in Slyck’s “guide recommendation” section, where scores of the disenchanted take their frustrations out on a realm intended for the improvement of file-sharing guides.

Take this individual for example. The closure of WinMX has fragmented this community, as least for those who have not researched on the latest reconnection efforts.

PLEASE GET A WEB SITE JUST FOR CHAT ROOMS LIKE WE HAD ON WINMX..WITH NO DOWNLOADS...I MISS MY FRIENDS I MET IN THERE....PLEASE THINK ABOUT THIS...I SPENT HOURS ON HOURS CHATTING IN THERE..SO HAVE MANY OTHERS. THANKS.

We’re not sure if this recommendation is intended for Slyck.com. Not only does this poor lad not realize that WinMX is up and running, but Slyck already has a chat room.

The closure of WinMX and the anticipated demise of other P2P companies have also led to an influx of users being duped by scam sites. Such sites distribute, for a hefty price, P2P clients that are normally free. Inexperienced members of the file-sharing community mistook these sites as the successors to their once free programs.

This one is from a Canadian government employee. We can only hope the individual does not hold a position of importance:

WinMX,
I have paid $34.95 to you and registered yesterday. When am I going to hear from you and the fact that I have LimeWire ONLY UNTIL YOU RETURN???

ey sent via my U.S. Visa is for you-
WinMX for your very, very near new system promised.
You can reach me at the following by noon tomorrow, Monday, Sept 26, 2005, at the following:
########
I hope to hear from you tomorrow morning.
Thanks.
U.S. Government in Canada


More scam victims:

Dear Sir i have paid for ares and i have'nt been given a membership number my e mail address is john_####@hotmail.com i purchased the lifetime membership package im also finding it hard to activate please advise regards john.

When do I get my newly paid for service from you? Thanks.

Of course there are individuals that completely skip over Slyck’s headlines. Either they ignore the front page, or perhaps hang out on the guides and no where else. Take these individuals, who apparently refused to read “Resurrecting WinMX ”:

I cant find a way to contact WINMX. I have not been able to get conected to WINMX in a few days. Is it possible you could help me with this?

How do I get my WINMX program to begin running again?

I would like to continue to use WinMx but there is something wrong with it and it will not connect so I would be able to search for songs no more please help me with this problem

We’re really not sure what this inquiry is about…

"I had WinMX down loaded on my computer. Due to some tec. problems I last it when I rebouted my machine. I would like to know how to do this. my e-mail is ######@comcast.net my ID is ######, I've had your software for about 5yrs."

All we can say is at least this person knows that adware exists:

"I checked the 'desktop shortcut' box (but not the other 2) while downloading ares. Does that mean I have adware? If I do, is there some way I can remove it?"

For this person, sorry but Slyck is not a dating service:

I CAN'T HOOK UP

This is almost poetic in a way:

my donkey is dead donkey

Although humorous, in the end there remains thousands – if not millions – of individuals that are simply unaware of the information surrounding them. This inability to retrieve information is dangerous as it allows misinformation to spread across mainstream media and into the minds of the populace. Just recently, virtually every major media outlet ran with the “eDonkey Network Closes” story simply because MetaMachine’s New York offices had closed. As information becomes more readily available through blogs and community interaction, hopefully the growth of this staggering problem will be arrested.


This story is filed in these Slyck News categories
File-Sharing/P2P Related :: Other
File-Sharing/P2P Related :: Software

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