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June 21st, 2004


Do you run a web site that uses a lot of traffic because of large files available for download? Maybe you’re a band or a shareware developer and your bandwidth costs are going through the roof. Well, the folks at the good ol’ Internet Archive—the same folks that brought us the brilliant Wayback Machine—have a solution: FreeCache (sorry, that’s not FreeCash).

Now, simply by adding “” to the front of the absolute URLs in your hrefs, you can direct visitors to a cached version of the file to help offset some of the bandwidth usage for particularly large files. I can imagine this would help greatly for sites that are Slashdotted, in addition to the sites for popular shareware, since often the sites most adversely affected are run by a single person on a shared hosting solution, paid out of pocket.

Good stuff.

Posted in Technology

FROM: Kate
DATE: Monday June 21, 2004 -- 11:18:28 am
*Whooshing sound as idea flies over Kate's head* Sounds like a good concept.

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday June 21, 2004 -- 1:51:30 pm
S'ok, Kate. We only get techie-geek periodically on the Ping.

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday June 22, 2004 -- 9:16:25 am
Tech geeky: Occasionally.

Toilet Geeky: A lot more often.

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