November 24, 2006

Civil Netizen – The review

Filed under: internet, p2p, program, reviews, software, tech — bardicknowledge @ 4:48 pm

Earlier this week I wrote an entry about a new piece of software I was excited about using because of the promise it showed. Well here is my review;

Grabbibg the free download was simple enough, then installing it was a breeze. After a few minutes of attempting to convince a few friends to download and install the software, I was ready to go. My first goal was to send a movie to test the speeds since thats what transfers are all about to me. Sure, the secure thing is sweeeeeet, but having fast transfer between peers is far more inportmant to me since I honestly don’t mind people watching my data.

So anyways, I packed a movie, which was pretty quick. Only a minute ot two to pack up 700 mb. Next, I was given the receipt, which I sent over gtlak to a friend. They poped the receipt into the pickup section and started their connection. It took them a few minutes to make the initial connection to me, but after they did, they began to download. The speed were…. ok. For a few moments they were at 130kb/s which is really good, but it quickly dropped to 30kb/s where it staying until the download finished 5 or 6 hours later.

Supposedly the guys connection came to a crawl and started to try and rule his connection. Next was my turn to accept a file. I couldn’t. I was unable to connect to my girlfriend or my other friend who I was currently sending the movie to.

So the next day after the movie was finished sending, I tried again to accept a file. I was only able to connect to one of the two in my parcel pick up. Here is where I became greatly disappointed with the software. As soon as I started the download of the file, my connection basically died. My ability to browse the web crawled to a halt almost and my torrents almost completely stopped complaining of closed ports and inability to connect.

Unfortunately this  was the end of this softwares life on my piece. I can’t have programs interfering with my pre-existing software.

But even though I don’t see the program in its current state as usable, I will be maintaining a close watch on the site for updates. The programs idea is just so good that I can’t help but hope that it will work better in the future.



  1. Thanks for your review. We would love to figure out what problems you were having and work with you to fix them in upcoming releases.

    Could you send us an email at support (at) ?

    Comment by Ken Rossi — December 7, 2006 @ 2:20 am

  2. You should try out Podmailer :
    Kind of a similar concept, and maybe it will work better for you.

    Comment by Louis Choquel — December 7, 2006 @ 12:21 pm

  3. Hey there,

    We have just released beta 7.

    We have some bug fixes listed that may have addressed some of your problems. We would love for you to give us another try and see if you encounter the same problems.

    Please let us know if it works for you.

    Comment by Ken Rossi — December 7, 2006 @ 6:57 pm

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