September 27, 2005

Here's A Good Tip

Every once in a while I come across a cool song or video that loads in Firefox, my web browser of choice, but doesn't give me the option to save the song or video as a file to my hard drive to be used at any time. The most recent instance of this problem was my recently discovered "Old Glory Insurance" video, which loads in Firefox with the Quicktime plugin, but doesn't let you save the video as a quick time file. Here's how you can make your own files.

The first, and most annoying, problem is finding out where Firefox caches files. This is troublesome because they don't want you to find out where they cache files precisely so you can't keep stuff that's supposed to be streamed.

Step 1: Open a Firefox browser and type "about:cache" in the command line.
Step 2: Go Start --> Run --> and then copy and paste the "Cache directory" which appears under "Disk cache device"
Step 3: This should bring up your Firefox cache. Most of these files will be under 100 kilobits, so just go through the files and find the file that's around the right size. Music files will be a handful of megabytes, videos will be several, probably over ten. If you really want to make it easy on yourself, open a Firefox browser and go to Tools --> Options --> Privacy --> Cache, and then clear your cache. After your cache is cleared, load up your video or music file in another Firefox browser, let it load completely, and it should be the only substantially large file in your cache.

Enjoy the keeping of things that you're not supposed to be able to...

"She never really had a chance / On that fateful moonlit night / Sacrificed without a fight / A victim of her circumstance"

1 comment:

Drew said...

Dream Theater - Through Her Eyes

Someone had to stop Jay's run.