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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Egyptian Leechers and the sharing concept

Away from the problems of DSL service in Egypt or the copyrights violations caused by us
A very bad trait of us Egyptians on the internet is prevalent. Its the concept of not sharing what is downloaded. I admit I used to do so back in the dial up days. But at the end of these days I used to set my uploading speed at least at 1kb/sec at the times I was connected to the internet. I was still reluctant to waste my bandwidth for pesky guys who roam around the internet to download silly files. But after a single incident of being blocked, don't remember the program, may be mIRC or DC++, I had to think about it. I was using ISDN back then. I had to think about it. How did I get these files at the first place? Didn't I get them from other people who were "wasting" their bandwidth for gentlemen like me? Shame on me. If I get these files from people, for free, I also have to give them for free. If we don't share we won't be able to find anything at the first place.

One other point that is still have to be considered is the shared connections. A lot of people who have their DSL shared with their neighbours. This is because of DSL being expensive, even compared to countries with higher income than Egypt and have their DSL costs at 1/4th of our country's as I discussed in one of my posts before. A typical example would be of 3-4 apartments sharing the a 256Kbps connection. After the recent reduction some would have upgraded to 512. Many of these PCs would have sharing programs active, so this would kill the connection for them gives them the opportunity of sharing files among them and even playing games.

I hope my fellow Egyptians at least do a 1:1 ratio in the files they download. Keeping in mind that still many use these programs blindly not caring about the speed or anything and may continue seeding or sharing without their knowledge, there are a lot more curious users who would like to tamper with settings and even mess things up (LOL).

Some people would come and talk about the nature of the files being downloaded. This would be a hard question. Morally and religiously. Nah I am not talking about porn here. I am talking about the songs, movies, programs, games and even eBooks. Am I really stealing when I download them? Aren't they sold for money? Aren't they now readily available in Egypt? If I consider them expensive, is it morally correct to illegaly download them for free? Duuuuuuuuuuh. I am starting to feeling guilty about that. Well, let's keep that for some other time. Balash waga3 demagh oO.



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