It would be great if there was a public list of peers that I can add to my addr.dat file, kinda like with BitTorrent. Is this planned for future releases? And I don't understand why it can't save the last block info/calculation whatever then resume from there. anyway, I'll leave the PC on tonight and see tomorrow. Thanks all for helping.
There is a list of peers built into the client, and it tracks peers discovered across sessions. One issue is that only a limited number of clients can accept incoming connections, so you will be able to get many more connections and do so faster if you can accept incoming connections.