ill get round to the zip mov thing latter.
the way i do it
quote hobo "I have read and reread your post a few times. I think it is a bit confusing. and I cant for the life of me understand why you are advocating 500 searches. If a lot of Gnutella users were to run 500 searches simultaneously, I can forsee the Netwirk being put under an immense lot of strain."
i dont actually search for 500 things at once, searches run and complete in less than a minute. so, even if someone where to try and run all 500 at once, by the time they get to 30, perhaps, the first searches will be completing, you were panicing needlessly there. its just lots more search results (max) so i dont lose what ive got, as in, i can have anywhere up to 50 movies that louisa wants me to get, so 5, which i think is the default for searches just aint going to cut it from the start, then, to what i do, that i need my 1000 slots for (500 was just an arbitrary number for the punters)
i do most of my working work on weekends, the peak period for downloading p2ps (and being uploaded from) when i get home ill have between 10 and 400ish uploads hosts to browse, again, going through them 5 max at a time buuzzzzz , i highlight about a screen and a half on my monitor page, then hit browse. exact doesnt work, so guesstimates are,
50 slots equals about 30 hosts, half of them cannot be browsed,
leaves 15 results to look at, of those,
about 5 share zip,
leaves 10, of those,
7 have nothing worth a second glance.
so from 50 or so lines on the uploads monitor i only get 3 hosts with actual file to share.
which might not seem like a lot, but then go have another look at my post. 1 movie downloaded from 10 hosts, usually equals 3 more good suppliers of movies, only, when you browse people that are downloading from you, you get people that have your taste in movie genres, even more so when you search audio, audio being more specific in peoples tastes.
so, the 500 is to accommodate the hosts i browse, its all over in a few minutes as far as the network is concerned, im not searching for the complete works of mozart continuously. which yes, would im assumming, since you said it, would put strain on the system, although i never realised that could be a consiquence.