by David Hakala

Technically, fetching and displaying a Web page involves downloading (transferring) lots of pretty small files. But in common usage, file transfers/downloads means retrieving a large file such as a program that you want to install on your computer. Even on a broadband connection, large downloads can seem to take forever. Let’s see how we can speed them up.

You might try a program other than your Web browser. Browsers are designed for downloading lots of small text and graphics files. They are not optimized for speedy, error-free transfers of large files in the dozens or hundreds of megabytes range. There are standalone programs designed for downloading large files.
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