Well, I thought today I’d grab Vista RC1 see if it supports my wifi card.
So, I open my mail client, go to the Vista download page and grab the URL, past it into Wget.
It closes after a few seconds. I looked at the output and saw this:
Length: -1,585,184,768 [application/octet-stream]
Semms MS are sending a fake content length field to stop ‘other’ download managers. That’s not very friendly.
Now, I don’t want to use the java download manager that they supply, and can’t use the Activex manager.
But luckily where there is a will there is a workaround.
Wget supports ignoring the content length field, using –ignore-length.
Hooray! So now I have to wait several hours to download this beta quality software and watch it drive me slowly insane with it’s greying window whenever I want to make a change to my system settings (or the antivirs runs, or anything really).