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The Boy Who Downloaded the Internet (Chapter Two)

Crady knew what he wanted to do, but how to do it?

"Let's see... Anyone can download Internet files, but can I download the entire Internet? Just downloading the files'd take a lifetime. I need super-fast equipment and a lot of help. Plus I need to write some really good cracking software."

"Help. Who? The only ones I can trust are other kids." Crady messaged his closest computer buddy Ham. "Hey. it's me. I have a cool plan Ham. Listen..."

Crady continued, "Not counting you, I have 7 friends who can join us. D'you have 7 other friends you can trust? OK. Ask if each of them has 7 friends. We'll meet together in the woods at the park tomorrow 11am."

Crady began preparations. He thought, "Video and sound are OK, but I'll need a better network card and the fastest motherboard out there. I guess I'll need to buy both in bulk so the other guys can upgrade, too. Good thing I've got money. But I'll have to accept more programming jobs."

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MegL wrote on May 16, 2020, 10:16 AM

This is reading well and I love the ideas in it. He's a good networker with 7 friends who might each have 7 other friends - 7 degrees of .....?

VinceSummers wrote on May 16, 2020, 10:38 AM

Precisely.My son tells me it would actually have been possible to download the Internet at one time. I once had a programs that would let you visit a site and download everything they had, even if you couldn't "see" it.

MegL wrote on May 16, 2020, 4:44 PM

There are probably programs that still exist to do this, though they may not be mainstream! Maybe your hero will create one of these?

VinceSummers wrote on May 16, 2020, 5:57 PM

That's precisely what I think. But I'd like to get more familiar with programming terms, actions, etc. My son does programming for income, but whether he will help me or not, I do not know.

MegL wrote on May 17, 2020, 7:00 AM

Programmers are always so busy. My daughter can program but ......

lookatdesktop wrote on May 21, 2020, 3:16 PM

I once tried to use a program extension in a browser called downloadthemall. But I don't want to fill my computer up with zillions of files and then have to go through them. I have a program add-on that works well with a lot of MP4 videos. The thing I like best is to put them all on external drives. Then I can clear my main hard disc of them because they can really take up space in a computer, even one with 2 TB. There was an app that once existed that allowed you to screen capture or capture videos while they were playing but it had some bugs and was not that great.

VinceSummers wrote on May 21, 2020, 5:41 PM

There was once a kind of software called something like Snagsit. It was good at downloading levels of a website.

stbrians wrote on June 6, 2020, 5:17 AM

I do not think one can download the entire network

VinceSummers wrote on June 6, 2020, 6:29 AM

One thing's for sure. No one has done it yet! Or have they? :)