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Back to BitTorrent

February 28, 2007 2:30 PM

I’m heading back to BitTorrent today and I warn you, I’m already gunning for the site. My computer has been slow and sluggish and has needed to be rebooted three times since I downloaded BitTorrent’s software yesterday. It may not be BitTorrent’s fault. And the evidence is purely circumstantial, but I don’t care. I don’t like a sluggish computer. And I’ll jettison any software that might even remotely, possibly, be the culprit.

After a painstaking 15-minute reboot, I hop back to bittorent.com and scroll through several movies to rent. I opt for “A Star is Born.” When I click on the “rent” button, I’m told that I need to download a new version of Flash Player for Firefox. I try that and it doesn’t work. So I shut Firefox down, cursing under my breath. Cursing Firefox, cursing Flash, cursing BitTorrent. They’re all to blame, as far as I am concerned.

I open Internet Explorer and return to BitTorrent.com. I place my order for the movie and the download begins. It should take a couple hours. If I haven’t placed a dagger in BitTorrent in the next 120 minutes, I’ll report back tomorrow on whether it worked.

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