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aria2 1.3.3 for Windows has been released (updated 12-May-09)

aria2 is a download utility with resuming and segmented downloading.

Using the makefile aria2.mak, I successfully ported aria2 to Windows using the Debian MinGW cross-compiler. While aria2 compiles under native MinGW and Cygwin, the resultant executable was buggy using the supplied gcc version 3.4.5, and numerous unit tests fail.

After installing gcc 4.3.0 in MinGW using get_mingw.cmd and am now able to produce working binaries in my Windows environment. This leads me to believe that gcc 3.4.5 is not reliable under MinGW.

The latest MinGW binary, and source code is available at https://sourceforge.net/projects/aria2/files/.

Automatically Slipstream Windows XP with SP2 and All Post-SP2 Security Hotfixes with a Single Command (Updated 03-May-09)

For information about slipstreaming Windows XP SP3, visit http://smithii.com/slipstream_xpsp3.

I've written the batch file xpsp2.cmd (updated 03-May-09) to automatically download and slipstream a standard Windows XP boot disk with Service Pack 2 and all post-SP2 security hotfixes.

It uses wget or curl (if either are found in the PATH), or your installed browser to download the updates. I have tested this with Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Opera. Other browsers should work, as well.

The batch file xpsp2local.cmd (updated 03-May-09) will update the copy of Windows XP that is installed on the computer you run the command on. You may wish to do this, if you do not have, or want, the machine you want to hotfix connected to the internet, or if you are unable to run Windows Update for some reason (for example, if Internet Explorer isn't installed, or doesn't work properly, due to a virus or similar mishap).

To slipstream the hotfixes, and burn the slipstreamed disk, I've created the makefile xpsp2.mak (updated 03-May-09). Details on usage below.

Mapping a network drive over SSH in Windows

I wanted a simpler way than OpenVPN to map a Windows drive to a remote system. One method I found is to use ssh (using Cygwin), or putty and forward port 139 to the remote system. In order to do that, we first need to install a "Loopback Adapter" and assign it an arbitrary IP address. Here are the steps involved:

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