Is there a sure-fire way to prove you're not downloading stuff on a PC?
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Posted 9/14/14 , edited 9/14/14
So, I have a personal little problem which I wondered if any tech guys can help me with, because I'm stumped. Okay, so where I live we have pretty shitty internet speed, and it's split between me and my brother. Because it's shit A. It tends to slow down quite a lot from time to time and B. If either one of us downloads anything it severely caps the other person's internet speed. In the past I admittedly used to download stuff quite a lot, and it would often end with said brother shouting at me for making his online matches lag, and since he trains competitively he gets incredibly serious about that stuff. Because I got sick of said arguments, I finally gave into the little bastards whims and now only download when he's not on his PC i.e. when he's at school or in bed.

The problem is when we get those previously mentioned momentary drops on the provider's side. Naturally I'm the first person he comes to and, with a passive aggressive tone he tells me to stop downloading stuff, despite how I'm not downloading anything. I show him I'm not via opening uTorrent, Steam and the internet download bar and he claims I'm cancelling the download as soon as I hear him coming upstairs, or have some other kind of software I'm downloading with and not showing him. Has anyone got any bright ideas because the way I see it I simply can't fucking win. My parents have proven more than inept, and my dad has even explained multiple times it's on the provider's end and he still is completely convinced I'm messing him about behind his back. Is there anyway I can concretely confirm I haven't downloaded a single thing in a certain timeframe, or is this an incurable problem? This wouldn't be so much of a problem, but being my brother he's not someone I can just walk away from since I live with him, and constantly end up being blamed for something I'm not guilty of.

TL;DR Is there any sort of software or methods of showing the last time you downloaded something on practically any of the clients you use to download?
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Sadly I get the impression that even if you went through all the trouble of logging the internet/network traffic in and out of your modem (there are plenty of guides on the Internet so I won't bother elaborating here) your brother is the type of person who wouldn't care or believe you.

Also if he's serious about playing competitively, he should man up and pay for his own Internet connection like the rest of us.
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Baha_Java wrote:

Sadly I get the impression that even if you went through all the trouble of logging the internet/network traffic in and out of your modem (there are plenty of guides on the Internet so I won't bother elaborating here) your brother is the type of person who wouldn't care or believe you.

Also if he's serious about playing competitively, he should man up and pay for his own Internet connection like the rest of us.


I hear that. And he does say he'd buy a better connection if he could, but given he's only 14 he doesn't really have any methods of doing so; which is a huge shame. Thanks for the reply, though!
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Posted 9/14/14 , edited 9/14/14
You could always keep a notebook and write down what you download, as well as when and whatnot. Details.
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Shrapnel893 wrote:

You could always keep a notebook and write down what you download, as well as when and whatnot. Details.


I could, but then he'd pull up some BS reason like 'Well for all I know it's fake to make you look innocent' or 'You're not writing down the real dates and times so it looks like you're not downloading when you are'. Yeah, we have a real little punk on our hands. If anyone has ever made me wish biffing someone about so they get the message was legal, it's him. Thanks for the reply regardless.
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Rather then writing it down on a notebook. You could always screen shot your desktop.
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DarkSasword wrote:

Rather then writing it down on a notebook. You could always screen shot your desktop.


This too.
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DarkSasword wrote:

Rather then writing it down on a notebook. You could always screen shot your desktop.


I could, but how would I do that convincingly? I get the feeling you're onto something, but what is there to stop him saying 'Well that screenshot was taken half an hour ago, you could easily have started to download something since then'? I get the feeling I'm missing the gist of your method.
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There is a program called "netlimiter" which will automatically record when programs last downloaded something and how big the data transfer was and all that fun stuff. I believe the free version of version 3 has what you are after (provided you don't use windows 8/mac/linux though)
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BLACKOUTMK2 wrote:

So, I have a personal little problem ...


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