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    Download Accelerators


    Hey, these seem a bit odd to me. I always just assumed it was a blag to get crap onto your machine.
    • Do these work?
    • How do they work
    • Can you guys recommend one?


    Wanna make proper use of this 2Mb connection.

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    Re: Download Accelerators

    Quote Originally Posted by bigtomrodney
    Hey, these seem a bit odd to me. I always just assumed it was a blag to get crap onto your machine.
    • Do these work?
    • How do they work
    • Can you guys recommend one?


    Wanna make proper use of this 2Mb connection.
    As best I can remember, they basically just open up multiple connections and download different chunks at once rather than from beginning to end (like bittorrent does). You're on a 2Mb connection? I wouldn't worry about anything like that...you won't really notice the speed increase (if any) on that fast of a connection...
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    There was one I used in Windows a while back but it doesn't really do anything special. When you download a file the program searches for that file on a number of other server, which if it finds a match, will download from multiple servers.
    The biggest security threat is the user.

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    GetRight is a good one for windows. It has a few usefull things, such as being able to turn off the computer when the download has finished. The thing with some servers is that you are limited to how much bandwith you can use (on their side), you have 2,3,4,... connections in order to get around this.
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    Use KGet

    KGet is good for downloading big files. It will let you pause and continue downloads. And supports multiple dowloads at the same time.
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    I've only used a download accelerator on 56k, where it's generally quick effective. Speeds often got boosted from 2-3kb/sec to 5kb/sec. On a broadband connection, there's little point.
    200mhz Pentium 1 with MMX, 128mb RAM, 10gb Seagate HDD. Beastly.

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    Re: Use KGet

    Quote Originally Posted by jonathandilks
    KGet is good for downloading big files. It will let you pause and continue downloads. And supports multiple dowloads at the same time.
    :o
    Firefox lets you pause and resume downloads...
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    Write a curl script, it would be fairly trivial I'd say. I just got into curl the other day when I was writing some stuff for my package manager, and it's really powerful. Good manpage too
    Code:
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