Secure Torrent Client

Every torrent client can be a secure torrent client. I have used a wide array of clients and they can all be made secure by changing a few settings. It has to do with turning on torrent encryption.

Go to your torrent client’s Preferences or Options and look for Encrypting outgoing and incoming traffic. For the best security set all the options to Force encryption.

Here is how to do it in my favorite torrent client: ĀµTorrent
1. On the top bar go to Options > Preferences and you will see a window come up like the one below.
2. Click BitTorrent on the left side. On the right side now you will see a section for Protocol Encryption.
3. Set Outgoing to Forced and uncheck the checkbox that says “Allow incoming legacy connections“.

 

By doing this your torrent traffic will look just like a secure tunnel to your ISP.

You will be safe from your ISP throttling your connection because you torrent and things like that. Be aware though that if you are torrenting items that are illegal this encryption will not save you from everything. It is just one extra layer of security. For a more secure torrenting experience look up proxies. These proxies will hide your IP Address from the world.

 

Good luck and happy torrenting.

HTPC Media Software

I have just built my media center PC. It is now sitting in the living room running 24/7 since its also my file server. HURRAY!

I know there are many options for software and some people will argue Linux over Windows but after doing some research and talking to a few people I decided to go with Windows 7 Ultimate (Home Premium will work also) for its Media Center.

My requirements for my media center were to have a way to share files and an easy way to view my photos, videos and music. It is an ongoing project but this is what i have installed so far:

Media Center Master – http://www.mediacentermaster.com/
This is an essential software for Windows Media center if you are going to be using Media Browser. Media Center Master will scan your video folders and not only rename the video files and folders in an organized matter but also download backdrops and eyecandy that Media Browser can use to display your movie collection. It will also auto torrent shows and video for you if you set it up that way. Install your favorite torrent client and you are on your way.

Media Center Studio – http://www.adventmediacenter.com/
This allows you to customize your Media Center using different themes you can download online. There are many media center theme packs out there if you do a google search.

Media Browser – http://www.mediabrowser.tv/
Great addon for Windows Media Center it organizes movies in a very easy to view format and adds a lot of eye candy. It will change the way you navigate your Video.

AirFoil Airspeakers – http://www.rogueamoeba.com/airfoil/
Apple released a very cool remote speaker option for people who have an Airport extreme. This allows users to stream audio from their computer or iphone to another place in their home. For those of us who dont have an Airport Extreme, AirFoil has a similar software with a lot more options. I have installed the server on my HTPC so that i can stream audio to it anytime i want bigger sound. The stream works very well and it goes through at a very good quality.

Hulu Desktop
We all like to watch Hulu. With the new Hulu Desktop, Hulu can be controlled from Windows Media Center giving users a unified interface.

Logitech Touch Mouse
This is the best free Wifi Mouse keyboard option I have been able to find. It allows me to use my IPhone to control both the mouse and keyboard of my HTPC. There are some downsides to this. Since it is a server running in the background, it will not work when you restart your HTPC. What I have also noticed is that it does not work when Windows UAC pops up and asks for permissions. Overall though it works great.

My HTPC is slowly evolving as I get more use out of it. Im finding new things to do with it all the time and will be probably be installing more software as I go on. I will update this list as it happens.

UITableViewCell UILabel background color clear color

I was doing some iphone programming and i ran into an issue today. I had a UITableView with a bunch of cells in it. Every cell had a label with a black background. Every time i would click on a Cell to navigate away from this table, the background on my labels would go transparent and if i came back to this table they would be transparent as well. After doing some research i found out it was happening because this UITableViewCell was selected and on selection something funky happened.

My solution was to subclass the UITableViewCell and overload the 2 methods that made this happen. The setSelected method and the setHighlighted method. My label is called title. This way i was able to set my background to be black no matter if the UITableViewCell was selected, clicked or just showing in the table.

-(void)setSelected:(BOOL)selected animated:(BOOL)animated {
      self.title.backgroundColor = [UIColor blackColor];
}

-(void)setHighlighted:(BOOL)highlighted animated:(BOOL)animated {
      self.title.backgroundColor = [UIColor blackColor];
}

Hope this helps some of you.