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Working offline

Postby luke77 » Sat Jan 24, 2009 8:04 pm UTC

Hi guys,

For the next few months, I'm staying in a kind of crappy situation wihout TV, internet for the most part, and very little social contact for about 12 hours a day. I will have access to the internet so that I can download stuff to load onto my laptop for later if need be, but that's it. So I ask for your help: what should I download to read (or watch, I guess) and prevent me from going crazy? This question is non-programming-related - I already have plans to practice my programming a good deal. I've never been in a situation where I need to download stuff to use offline, so I'm kind of drawing a blank. The only thing I've thought of is some of the Project Gutenberg books, but most of the ones that interest me I've already read. Suggestions?

Thanks,
Luke

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Re: Working offline

Postby MoonBuggy » Sat Jan 24, 2009 8:07 pm UTC

Wikipedia.
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Re: Working offline

Postby Osha » Sat Jan 24, 2009 9:06 pm UTC

Read This Book.
Buy Final Fantasy 8.
Download a book and some dictionary software and teach yourself another language (one of the best time killers I've found).

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Re: Working offline

Postby Quadropus » Sat Jan 24, 2009 9:22 pm UTC

No need for internet...

Just buy a Rubik's cube.
Then buy a 4x4 one.
Then a 5x5.
Then 7x7.

That should keep you amused for a while. It worked for me.
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Re: Working offline

Postby wst » Sat Jan 24, 2009 10:11 pm UTC

Porn.

Oh, and some movies that you wouldn't mind showing your parents.
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Re: Working offline

Postby Pez Dispens3r » Sun Jan 25, 2009 1:15 am UTC

wst wrote:Porn.

Oh, and some movies that you wouldn't mind showing your parents.


I have a friend and in his household these things aren't mutually exclusive. Bloody Italians :P.

I haven't played it yet but Fallout 3 is meant to have a lot of replayability.

A good way to waste your time is to get your hands on all the Discworld audio books or, failing that, the novels.
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Re: Working offline

Postby kaniman2 » Sun Jan 25, 2009 2:44 am UTC

Get lots and lots of anime. Then when your hard drive is full burn them onto DVDs and get more. Maybe download some games and stuff too. Frets on Fire (GH clone) is fun, if you can get it to work.
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Re: Working offline

Postby tmcfulton » Sun Jan 25, 2009 2:54 am UTC

Write a book.

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Re: Working offline

Postby Levi » Sun Jan 25, 2009 4:28 am UTC

CBS has three season of TOS on its website. You can download the web pages. The quality isn't that great, but it's not so bad it hurts more than the special effects. They have Macguyver, too. And a bunch of other series. Hulu has stuff too, but I don't think the video is downloaded when you download the page.

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Battle for Wesnoth
OpenLieroX
Gridwars 2
Warzone 2100 (HUGE time waster)
DosBox + Begin2
FreeOrion
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Re: Working offline

Postby luke77 » Sun Jan 25, 2009 7:20 pm UTC

Thanks guys. More suggestions appreciated, of course.

Also, follow-up question: is there any way to download content from streaming sites like hulu.com so that I can watch it on my non-internet-connected laptop? Someone told me about Videobox for $15 from http://www.tastyapps.com/, which apparently can do this for videos from youtube. It seems if you can do it from youtube you should be able to do it from hulu. Anyone know, or do you know how well Videobox works?

Thanks,
Luke

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Re: Working offline

Postby Levi » Sun Jan 25, 2009 8:30 pm UTC

There's a few add-ons for Firefox that do that and work on Youtube, but I dunno if they work on Hulu. I have Fast Video Download, and there are more on the Firefox add-ons page.

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Re: Working offline

Postby kaniman2 » Mon Jan 26, 2009 12:30 am UTC

You can just use keepvid for youtube videos. (Download the .mp4 files, not the .flv)
I'm not sure about hulu but if there are a lot of seeders you can use torrents, but only do that if you're going to seed yourself.
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Re: Working offline

Postby RealGrouchy » Wed Jan 28, 2009 5:08 am UTC

When I found myself in that situation, I downloaded recipes and cooked a lot. My diet was a lot healthier then than it is now.

Also I read books, something I have no time for anymore (partly because my reading is consumed by periodicals). And I wrote blog entries on my typewriter, which I later scanned and uploaded to my blog.

Also, the public library (if one is available) is your friend. I would go to the physics and social justice sections and pick out books that looked interesting.

Oh, and a piano. Or a guitar. Download the tabs and lyrics to your favourite songs and learn to play them. (Note: must be real songs, not the garbage that you kids tend to listen to nowadays which you can't really play along to because it's not electrified.)

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Re: Working offline

Postby Pizzashark » Wed Jan 28, 2009 8:23 am UTC

RealGrouchy wrote:typewriter
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They still make those?
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Re: Working offline

Postby Surgery » Wed Jan 28, 2009 9:01 am UTC

luke77 wrote:Also, follow-up question: is there any way to download content from streaming sites like hulu.com so that I can watch it on my non-internet-connected laptop?
I know some places, like linda.com, if you visit with internet explorer and let the whole video load, you can then go to your temporary internet files folder and find the video under some random temporary file name. It's easy enough to find it by just arranging by date and then copy that file to somewhere else.


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