How To Bypass BitTorrent Throttling, step-by-step settings


Open Floodgates for BitTorrent

A lot of ISPs throttle BitTorrent traffic: Charter, AT&T, Qwest, ComCast, CableVision, and many more. There’s a full list HERE. There are lot of tutorials out there on bypassing the evils of throttling. Some work, some don’t, some work for a while then stop working when the ISP figures it out. Below are step-by-step settings that worked for me in uTorrent. I went from being throttled to about three hours a week to being on 24/7. The bandwidth isn’t quite as high as before I was being throttled, but overall my weekly throughput is MUCH higher, because I can now be on 24/7.

NOTE: I do not recommend that you do anything illegal. I use BitTorrent ONLY for seeding my movies and podcasts, things I own, movies like Guns and Weed, the Road To Freedom and the Freedom Feens podcast, things I produced myself that are released Creative Commons. In fact, you can grab my torrents HERE. If you like this article and get something out of it, please do grab those torrents, download and enjoy them, and SEED them. Thanks! But I’ve done a test, and these techniques do work for downloading as well.

Overall, showing bandwidth I’m getting:

Here are the screenshots of my custom settings that are bypassing throttling on my end. (under Options/Preferences):

General settings:

UI settings:

(No screenshot for Directories. Doesn’t matter what you have for Directories.)

Connection settings: (If this port doesn’t work for you, try a different random port, but do not randomize port for each start.)

Bandwidth settings:

BitTorrent settings:

Transfer Cap settings:


Leave the last four, Scheduler, Web UI, Playback and Advanced, as is. You don’t need to change anything on them.

Enjoy. Always obey the law, brush your teeth and do what your parents tell you to. And don’t forget to vote, because your vote counts and politicians are looking out for your best interests. HA HA HA HA!

–Michael W. Dean



How to speed up ANY website, especially WordPress websites


This is a VERY simple webmaster trick to speed up the loading of ANY website you create. It is particularly noticeable in WordPress.

Simply add this line of code anywhere in the .htaccess file:

AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/html text/plain text/xml text/css application/javascript application/x-javascript application/x-httpd-php application/rss+xml application/atom_xml text/javascript

That will enable compression of data sent to from the server to the browser. Most browsers can uncompress on the fly, and will speed up loading of your website. Browsers that cannot uncompress will simply ignore the command and deal with the uncompressed version.

This is one of several hundred tricks and tips I’ll be discussing in my upcoming series of podcast episodes about SEO on the Freedom Feens Podcast. Go there and subscribe now so you don’t miss them when they come out.

–Michael W. Dean

Mrs. Dean’s Ginger-Toffee Cookies


My wife makes me these awesome cookies every Christmas, yum!

Mrs. Dean’s Ginger-Toffee Cookies

Yummy, chewy, very spicy cookies with a festive crinkled appearance. Great for the holidays.

3 cups flour

2 ½ tsp ginger

2 tsp baking soda

3 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp ground cloves

½ tsp salt

2 sticks butter

1 cup packed light brown sugar

½ cup packed dark brown sugar

1/3 cup mild molasses

1 large egg

1 ½ teaspoon real vanilla extract

1 8 oz package toffee chips

organic cane sugar, or other coarse-grain white sugar

Oven 350 degrees

Sift together all dry ingredients in a large bowl: flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, salt. Set aside.

Cream softened butter, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, gently fold in egg.

Add creamed butter sugar mixture to dry ingredients, mix thoroughly.  Pour in toffee chips and mix well.

Chill dough for fifteen minutes while oven preheats.

Form dough into balls, approximately 1 tablespoon. Roll balls in the coarse white sugar until well coated.  Place on ungreased cookie sheets, and bake 11 minutes.

Cool on cookie sheets for two minutes, remove to wire rack and cool completely.  Makes about 6 dozen cookies.

Tips: Between batches, rinse cookie sheets with water and dry so sheets are completely cool before using for next batch.  Place dough in refrigerator between batches to keep cookies from spreading too much during baking. I like using European-style butter because I find it’s creamier and smoother, but don’t over-soften so creamed butter and sugar is crumbly.

— Debra Jean



People should hire me to name things….


Kinda cool thing I just realized, I named something!

In 2008 when the Zoom H2 recorder came out, I dubbed it the “Studio on a Stick” in my O’Reilly Media column, and a Google search shows that “Studio on a stick” has now become the defacto nickname for the Zoom H2.

–Michael W. Dean

Free-Speech Kit (including gun)


They say that the Second Amendment protects the First Amendment.

The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government. –Thomas Jefferson

Or, if you’re not someone who depends on old dried pieces of parchment to “grant you your rights”, the same can be said as “The Right To Bear Arms protects The Right To Free Speech.”

When they took the 4th Amendment, I was quiet because I didn’t deal drugs.
When they took the 6th Amendment, I was quiet because I am innocent.
When they took the 2nd Amendment, I was quiet because I don’t own a gun.
Now they have taken the 1st Amendment, and I can only be quiet.
Lyle Myhr

I love The Right To Bear Arms AND The Right To Free Speech. I use them both every day, if by “bear arms” you mean “own and carry guns and knives.” But I don’t actually exercise my right to “use” my arms, I’ve seen no need so far in my life. Hopefully I will never have a need. I do like putting holes in pieces of paper though, and do so often.

If they want to stop the social disturbances, they should stop disturbing us.

I propose that people who love The Right To Bear Arms and The Right To Free Speech practice both, all day, every day. And they say the press is only free if you own one. Today “a printing press” means something different than it did in 1776. Hell, I WRITE books for a living and I don’t usually read books. Today, it’s all about the Interwebs, baby.

To that end, I propose “Free Speech Kits.” They are basically a portable radio station/TV station/newspaper combined with the ability to defend that. Here are two methods:

BASIC FREE SPEECH KIT (suitable for the elderly, the infirm, and responsible children. Click images for larger view.):

Clockwise from bottom: USB drive with encrypted podcasting intros and outros, lists of media contacts, and wireless connectivity; .38 special snubnose revolver, ZOOM H2 digital audio recorder a.k.a. “Studio on a stick”, still camera capable of shooting low-rez video with audio. Doesn’t include a computer, because, hey, they’re everywhere, even in tax-eater funded public libraries.

The Basic free speech kit can be carried to look like a lunch box or tool kit. If you use a black box and wear black pants and a dark shirt, it will blend in quite nicely and people will barely even notice you’re carrying it.

ADVANCED FREE SPEECH KIT (suitable for real men, and real women.):

Left to Right: small laptop computer running Linux, with extensive encryption programs, USB drive with encrypted podcasting intros and outros, lists of media contacts, and wireless connectivity (not shown, it’s under the computer); hunting knife for when you run out of ammo or if you need to be quiet, Yugo AK-47 underfolder rifle, extra loaded mags for said rifle, cell phone for calling your lawyer or streaming an arrest live to the web, ZOOM H2 digital audio recorder a.k.a. “Studio on a stick”, encrypted hard drive, lavaliere microphone for great-sounding on-the-spot interviews (in plastic bag), video camera capable of shooting high-rez video with pristine audio. Both the video camera and the Zoom H2 use SD cards, and the laptop has a card reader, so you don’t need to carry cables or take the time and hassle of importing media from tape.

If you have the right look, you can even pull off carrying this case while looking like an unarmed beatific hippie Occupy Wall Street type. Yay!

If you do, it’s recommended you keep the revolver from the basic free speech kit in your purse, so you can fight your way to your rifle in the guitar case.

Note: this post is for amusement only. We do not recommend concealing weapons against any laws, nor do we recommend children use weapons unsupervised.