If you are a well established Linux user then you’ll already be pretty familiar with the awesome little wget application that gives you a command line interface with which to download content from web servers via either HTTP, HTTPS and FTP protocols.
Amongst its many features is the ability to set up recursive downloading, conversion of links for offline viewing of local HTML and support for proxies. It is pretty much ubiquitous across most major GNU/Linux distributions and is written in portable C, making it a fairly simpe affair to port it to other operating systems like Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X.
Now for those of you who would like to use something like this little robust, command line and self terminating application for a scheduled task on your great big Windows Server or desktop machine, rejoice because someone has gone to the effort and created a great little port project that offers you a complete wget package for Windows, even going so far as giving you a proper installer to drop everything in its right place.
Simple to install, and even easier to use, go grab your copy of GNU Wget 1.11.4 now! :)
Related Link: http://gnuwin32.sourceforge.net/packages/wget.htm
Yet another cool little Firefox extension, add-on from LazyRussian, Arthur Sabintsev. FacePAD, Facebook Photo Album Downloader is a brilliant little addition to your Firefox arsenal in that it allows you to download all the photos and images from either a Facebook friend, event or group’s photo album en masse, i.e. all in one fell swoop.
Gone are the days of opening an album, clicking on a photo and downloading each and every image one by one! (Needless to say, you should already be seeing the enormous time saver implications here)
Install FacePAD as you would any normal Firefox add-on/extension and once installed, set the language preference under Options on the Firefox Add-ons page. Now all that is left is to browse to Facebook, find an album you wish to download, right-click and select “Download with FacePAD”.
Couldn’t be any simpler! :)
Download Link: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/8442
Related Link: http://lazyrussian.com/my-projects/facepad-facebook-photo-album-downloader-2/
How to figure out just how fast your current Internet connection really is. Well a great way of determining this is by making use of the fantastic online web service speedtest.net, brought to us by Ookla, which aims to measure three important keys which determine the overall quality and performance of your Internet connection.
The first measurement speedtest.net takes a look at is your physical download speed, measuring just how fast data is sent from the Internet to your computer. Next comes upload speed which is simply the measurement of the speed at which data is sent from your computer up to the Internet. Lastly, ping or latency if you will, tells us how long in milliseconds it takes for a small piece of data to be sent from your computer to the Internet and back.
Launching the test from the website is as easy as clicking on the big Begin Test button and pretty soon the slick flash-driven interface will be running its tests against a selectable host server, reporting back in realtime and at the end of the short run, present to you a downloadable results image with your measurements across the three key areas.
Speedtest.net also maintains a nice history feature for your particular IP address as well as an interesting world map that compares the results across the globe.
Needless to say, Africa doesn’t perform particularly well on this one! :/
Related Link: http://www.speedtest.net/
We’re well into the era where you don’t go out to a bar/club without carrying a packet of condoms on you right? So why is it that so many people still feel like taking their brand spanking new PCs out on the untamed roads of the Internet without carrying some sort of protection?
As anyone in the business of PCs will tell you, not having a anti-virus application installed on your machine if you are intending to connect it to a network is tantamount to committing PC suicide. The problem is of course, that the majority of good anti-virus applications are quite expensive, thus putting them out of the reach of most small home owners. So what to do?
Well, there certainly are a couple of free ones out there like ClamWin that does a fair job, but to perhaps get the best protection which money can’t buy (because its free), you could always look towards AVG, one of the most popular anti-virus vendors around. In order to get some buy-in on their pretty good commercial releases as well as understanding the fact that it is better to try and tame the Internet wherever you can if you can help it, they offer alongside their commercial releases a slightly stripped down version of their anti-virus software entitled AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 9.0.
Perfect for the home user, AVG comes bundles with all the necessary tools like on-access scanner, email-scanner, deep scanner, etc. and after a slightly hefty download of about 78mb turns out to be a piece of cake install that even the most basic of computer users can manage. The application is kept up to date with new virus definitions on an almost daily basis and apart from the little advertising banner stuck on the bottom of the main interface, AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition is almost perfect.
Highly recommended, particularly if you aren’t yet running an anti-virus piece of software on that neglected home computer of yours!
(Oh, and have I mentioned they even have a version for Linux?)
You can download the latest releases here. There, now don’t you feel a whole lot safer already? :)
Related Link: http://free.avg.com/za-en/download
I see the guys at WordPress sneaked 2.9.1 live this morning, with this quickfire release attending to a number of annoying glitches and bugs brought in by the big 2.9 release that just happened a few weeks earlier.
As per usual, you can download it from the main wordpress.org site or simply upgrade your wordpress automatically by going to the Tools->Upgrade menu option in your blog’s admin area.
Senior software engineer (well, that’s what his website says) Ralph Arvesen provides a pretty nifty little Windows shell extension (that’s an application that hooks into the operating system) in the form of Copy Path, a simple application that attaches itself to Window’s native right-click context menu handler and displays the file path for any file or folder right-clicked upon.
Once installed, on right-click of a file or folder, you will see a menu option reading Copy Path. Expanding its sub menu you will now find clickable menu items for the relevant file path, folder name, file name and UNC variants of the aforementioned, as well as an Options item that allows you to customize Copy Path’s behaviour. Clicking on any of the file information items automatically copies that string to the clipboard, meaning you can now simply copy and paste the file address without having to do any address bar manipulations as you might have had to before.
You can get more information surrounding Copy Path as well as a download for it here: http://bit.ly/QoRrk
Related link: http://blogs.vertigosoftware.com/ralph/archive/2006/09/28/Copy_Path_Shell_Extension.aspx
Update: It seems as if the author has taken his original page offline. So to simplify matters, here is an alternative download link to use: Download Copy Path 1.1