I have a relatively slow computer and a slow internet connection. For this reason, I only open the bitcoin client when I really have to (because it uses a whole lot of bandwidth and CPU to download and verify the blockchain). However, as a consequence each time I open the client I now have even more to download and verify. At this point, I haven't opened the client for about 8 months. What is the best way to update the blockchain on my computer? I care much more about speed than about verification of the block chain.
I have initiated the torrent file (bootstrap.dat), but it will take about a week to download and in this question I read that it is not supported nor updated anymore. Before I continue this very lengthy download, I wanted to see if this is actually the right method for my situation.
Using linux and the bitcoin-qt client.