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Wget to the Rescue

Have you ever been downloading something very large for a long time, and something happens to interrupt it? Firefox crashes, you lose power, you accidentally close your laptop lid, etc.? Here's a trick to start your download where you left off:
  1. On Linux, you can skip this step. On Mac, download wget here, unzip it, and put "wget" in /usr/bin. For Windows, looks like you can download wget here (I haven't tried this on Windows, but it shouldn't be much different).
  2. In a terminal window, run wget -c http://url/to/download.
The -c tells wget to "continue" the download. Even if you started your download in some other program, wget starts again where you left off. Pretty sweet, huh?