Axel, the Accelerated Wget


When downloading large files in Linux, wget gets the job done but isn’t very fast. When speed is of the issue, a multi-connection tool is needed. That is where axel, a simple command-line based download accelerator, comes in. Axel is as easy to use as wget, it may not have the advanced features such as logging and timeout variables. But gets the job done, quickly.

The default download progress-indicator looks a bit like the older releases of wget. So I recommend using the -a or –alternate flag for a prettier output. Example:
~$ axel -a [DOWNLOAD-LINK]

If you want to use the alternate output by default, set it as an alias in bash with ~$ alias axel=’axel -a’. For a more permanent solution, add the alias to .bashrc in your home-dir or /etc/bashrc for the entire system.

Happy Accelerating!

UPDATE: Run ffmpeg On Mac Without Compiling Anything

This is going to be a update to a post I did a few days ago, “Run ffmpeg On Mac Without Compiling Anything”. I did get some good and skeptic response. They solution I posted does indeed work, but it’s a very old binary and you don’t get ffplay, ffserver etc. And a nice fella posted a comment telling me just that, and I appreciate that :) Continue reading UPDATE: Run ffmpeg On Mac Without Compiling Anything

Run ffmpeg On Mac Without Compiling Anything

So you may be thinking, how on earth am I going to install ffmpeg on Mac OS X, do I compile it myself? Install it trough macports? NO, There is a perfectly fine and stable ffmpeg binary out there that someone else has compiled for us, and that someone (or he/she) is “FFmpegX”.

FFmpegX is a graphical front-end for ffmpeg (GUI) that makes it really easy to convert video and audio into different formats, however, I have used ffmpeg from the command line ever since I heard about it, and i prefer using it that way. And I didn’t want to compile it or use macports since I almost screw up my machine once doing so. So I went looking around for a pre-built binary¬† And I found it!

It turns out that there is a perfectly fine pre-built binary in the FFmpegX package itself! Here’s how you get it:

  1. Download and extract the FFmpegX package from here
  2. Control-Click the FFmpegX application, Choose “show package contents”, Go to “Resources”
  3. Copy the ffmpeg executable to /usr/local/bin (NOT /bin)
  4. Open the terminal and type ffmpeg to see if it works.

If you have any problems, type these commands and try again:

sudo chown root:wheel /usr/local/bin/ffmpeg
sudo chmod 755 /usr/local/bin/ffmpeg

Do you find ffmpeg usefull?

Mac OS X: How To Open The Terminal

So you have just found a great article online that requiers you to have access to the Mac OS X terminal, but where is it? No¬†worries, i’ll show you.

  1. Open “Finder”
  2. Open “Applications”
  3. Open “Utilities”
  4. And finally, open “Terminal”