When you're ready to download that humongous file, and you have a long
list of mirror sites to choose from -- Dipstick is a neat little program that'll tell you
which server is the fastest.
Just drag and drop each URL -- or the whole list of them -- onto Dipstick's little mini-pad, and it starts pinging away. Click on the green area of the mini-pad, and larger progress window appears, where you can view the status of each URL that Dipstick is checking out. When Dipstick is done with your list of URLs, it displays a report window showing the "best bet" URL that offers you the fastest download.
This simple and helpful utility is a cool solution for those of us who are tired of "mirror site roulette." Dipstick automatically shows you the fastest mirror and offers manual pinging and other ping options. Completely foolproof to use, it saves you a lot of clicking & waiting.
So -- before you even bother to fire up that power-downloading program of yours -- point it to the fastest URLs by using the Dipstick first. Plus, it's not only free, it's doggoned cute too. Dipstick takes minimal disk space and is easily uninstalled via Add/Remove Programs. Support is offered at the website.
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