uTorrent is one of the most popular BitTorrent clients amongst Lifehacker readers, but it has one limitation: its scheduler only works in standard hour-long blocks. If your off-peak download time doesn't start exactly on the hour, you can make it work with uTorrent via a simple PC trick.
Lifehacker reader Dan wrote in with the following useful suggestion:
Just thought I'd pop in with a little tip that may come in handy to the many Aussie users out there stuck with off-peak download times that start in the middle of an hour. uTorrent doesn't allow for 30 minute increments in its scheduler, so to get around this before I go to bed I adjust my computer's clock back 30 minutes to allow my downloads to start at 3.30am rather than at 3am, whilst leaving uTorrent set to begin downloading at 3am. Once my computer rolls around to 3am, it is actually 3.30am and my downloading takes full advantage of my off-peak time without eating into my on-peak download limit.
It's a useful trick to maximise your download window provided you switch off any auto network-time updates and can remember to reset the clock (geekier readers could probably automate that process with a script). For even more uTorrent improvement, learn how to tweak its settings for faster downloads. Thanks Dan!