SilentDownload Page Now Online

Thursday January 14th, 1999

Doug Turner of Netscape has a note for us on new background transfer functionality being developed for Mozilla.

Doug writes, "SilentDownload is a background transfer method that allows files to be downloaded to the users machine without interfering with their network performance. SilentDownload does this by only downloading while the network library is not busy. In this way, users can 'silently download' large files over a period of time and be notified when the file transfer is complete."

Read more about SilentDownload at its page on

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by S. G. Johnson

Saturday January 16th, 1999 9:36 PM

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All those sites that pop up JS ad windows are already bad enough. Now we'll have sites sending files to our hard disks, unasked for, when we visit them. *I don't want anything downloaded unless I click on a link and ASK for it.* (Yes, the mozilla site mentions that sites will need to be authenticated in some way before using this, but I am afraid that this will merely mean that sites will need a digital ID.) Why couldn't they just fix the ordinary download (so that it is more in the background) without adding this "feature?"