If you use Firefox, an invaluable Firefox extension is a plugin called DownThemAll. This is a great download manager built just for Firefox. No longer do you need third party programs like GetRight or GoZilla.
How it works is this: When you download a file (or you can manually right-click a webpage and select DownThemAll), you will get a window asking you what you want to download.
Have a class website with a lot of pdf files? Instead of downloading each one by one manually, use DownThemAll! It will select all the pdf files for you, and download to a folder of your choice. The nice part of the download manager is you can pause and resume downloads, and it also supports simultaneous downloads.
Thus, if you have one big file, DownThemAll will download different parts of the file at the same time, thus effectively maximizing your bandwidth. If you use rapidshare, you can use DownThemAll to collect all your rapidshare links, and download stuff for you without your intervention. Now that is convenience!
Check it out at http://www.downthemall.net/.
[Update Oct 16th] Downthemall works great if you have a premium rapidshare account. Check out screenshot below, I was able to download a movie using Downthemall. Voltaire, eat your heart out. It’s partly my fault, as I did not originally mention that I was using a premium account, but now you know.
Do you tend to download a lot of stuff from the internet? What you might need to look into is getting a download accelerator program. One of the more popular download accelerator programs you get on the net is a program called Getright.
Here is an excerpt from the Getright.com website:
“Never have to restart at the beginning after downloading 100’s of Megabytes again.
It doesn’t matter how fast your connection is, if you download big popular files like game demos, Linux installs, or videos, you can still have problems with disconnections or slow servers. GetRight’s resuming and acceleration will make your downloads painless and easy–and as fast as possible.
As this picture shows, even at a good speed, a download can still take hours.
This picture shows how you can see the progress as GetRight downloads different parts of the file at the same time. The colored bars show how different parts of the file are downloading at once–a faster server would fill its block, then jump to help fill another part of the file. ”
See more about the program at this site: Link
Now I was able to find a youtube tutorial showing you how to set it up, but because the creator disabled embedding, here is the link instead.