Peer-to-peer is rather interesting to work with. Disruptive technologies always fascinate me, especially when it’s closely related to work so I can spend oodles of time on it. It’s also interesting to see the developments in the area – even if I don’t always agree with the sentiments of the researchers (for instance, I quite agree with “http://www.digitalsociety.org/2009/11/analysis-of-bittorrent-utp-congestion-avoidance/” George Ou on BitTorrent – for now).
Even so, there are good apples and bad apples. BitTorrent got an undeservingly bad name from people confusing content with transport. Even if I don’t think that they got it right with their be-nice-to-the-network idea, they tried. All in all, a sane actor.
Pando, on the other hand, is an actor that seems quite sane – working in the P4P working group, seemingly trying to make a living out of a very kosher sort of P2P. The protocol isn’t too bloody bad either – the only problem is that parts of the client lodge themselveswhere it’s quite invisible on a Windows system. That, and the usual foray of “Would you want to make xyz.com your default website? Search page? Dog grooming service?”. Read more [+]