Worthless download manager

  • It's not like I hadn't noticed before, but the new Opera's download manager is pretty bad.

    So today I am on a EDGE link of 20 kB/s downloading an 170 meg file and paying per megabyte.

    I pause the download but the link is something that depends on permission based on cookies. Perhaps I have deleted my cookies in order to troubleshoot something, perhaps the server is annoying in any case because you have to start the download within 30 minutes.

    This means the download/resume fails. What does Opera do? /IMMEDIATELY DELETES THE FILE/.

    I was at 87 meg and though I thought this could be the case, lazily I chose to start again thinking the file would still be there. Wrong. Also, Opera immediately overwrites the old file which, in contrast to the zillion other deleted files on my drive, large and small, becomes completely unrecoverable.

    The worst kind of behaviour for any download manager you could get. The wind has to blow in the right direction or you'll lose everything. The whole idea of a download manager (which was excellent in the old Opera) is to provide a measure of safety. NOT DELETING DOWNLOADS ON THE FIRST ERROR.

    I don't know. Sometimes, as in, lately, it seems like everything that can go wrong, will always go wrong. I guess that is some sort of well known law.

    The local wifi doesn't work, meanwhile the mobile data provider doesn't update its status which causes you to not be able to buy extra megabytes, which means..... ;-).

    Etcetera.

    Then the SIM I have that does have a lot of data on it, doesn't work in this area for lack of coverage. Sometimes all of the universe seems to conspire against you. And all I want to do is download a simple compiler which in this case comes in a package of 170 freaking meg. It's just incredible how much technology can fail you when you depend on it for something important.

    Then the self-service website of that provider fails completely.

    Which means I am downloading, but it might get interrupted for lack of money on the account.

    But if I pause it, it will not resume.

    I am so happy :p.

    And without a bundle the download will cost me 25 euro to begin with.

    No other recourse but to pause the stupid bastard and hope for something different tomorrow.

    A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse.

  • Have you tried a third party download manager like FlashGet? There is also an extension for this one for Opera. I haven't used a download manager in a long time but back in the good old dial-up Internet days, they where a god send.

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