The Portable Freeware Collection - FTP access/Site Dump?

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The Portable Freeware Collection - FTP access/Site Dump?

#1 Post by andrew777 » Sat Jan 19, 2013 4:25 am

Hi,

Apologies if this question has been asked, I could find no reference to it or anything similar...

Is there a way to download all current apps in the portable freeware collection? Via ftp or an iso snapshot or something similar? I'm always needing random programs system utils/office programs and have limited internet access on my old win xp laptop and am sick of downloading and copying over programs individually.

Thanks for taking the time to answer, much appreciated.

Cheers,
A.

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#2 Post by tproli » Sat Jan 19, 2013 10:53 am

No. The majority of the applications are not hosted here at TPFC but you can download from the developers' site.

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#3 Post by guinness » Sat Jan 19, 2013 4:08 pm

This is just a database.
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#4 Post by webfork » Sun Jan 20, 2013 4:08 pm

andrew777 wrote:Is there a way to download all current apps in the portable freeware collection? Via ftp or an iso snapshot or something similar? I'm always needing random programs system utils/office programs and have limited internet access on my old win xp laptop and am sick of downloading and copying over programs individually.
Unfortunately not, although this question comes up about every 6 months so you're certainly not the only one interested in that functionality. I tried in the past to make something like this available, but it turns out to be rather difficult.

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#5 Post by romulous » Mon Jan 21, 2013 12:43 am

Andrew did offer exactly this at one point in time (in the site's early days). There were a couple of CD ISO's of TPFC released. It's a shame they stopped - but I appreciate it is a lot of work keeping them up to date (setting aside any issues with distributing software - not all software authors are happy to have anyone else distribute their software).

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#6 Post by guinness » Mon Jan 21, 2013 3:02 am

Are you sure?
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#7 Post by Andrew Lee » Mon Jan 21, 2013 3:08 am

romulous is right. "Early days" are the keywords. There were only a handful of apps in the database then, and it was relatively easy to do so. Plus I wanted to try out BitTorrent as a mechanism for distributing large content.

As webfork stated, is it practically impossible now given how large the database has grown and how it is currently managed.

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#8 Post by I am Baas » Mon Jan 21, 2013 3:38 am

@Andrew Lee

Can you generate a list of all listed applications (+download link) and make it available to users?
Bəəs 2.0

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#9 Post by romulous » Mon Jan 21, 2013 4:27 am

guinness wrote:Are you sure?
Yep, as Andrew confirms :) I don't think I have a copy of the ISO images any more on my hard drives, though I am not sure - I think there were two (maybe 3?) TPFC collections released as ISO's if I remember correctly. I think they were released a couple (or a few) months apart, and they were indeed via a torrent link on TPFC - the idea being that they would be semi-regularly updated to get the newest versions of the programs. But as Andrew points out, TPFC was much smaller in those days than it is now - far fewer database entries than currently.

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#10 Post by Checker » Mon Jan 21, 2013 7:38 am

Andrew Lee wrote:"Early days" are the keywords
Because I don't remember having this makes me either an "very old" member and it's Alzheimer's disease or it makes me a young/new member :lol:

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#11 Post by guinness » Mon Jan 21, 2013 8:11 am

Checker wrote:
Andrew Lee wrote:"Early days" are the keywords
Because I don't remember having this makes me either an "very old" member and it's Alzheimer's disease or it makes me a young/new member :lol:
Same here, I don't remember that.
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#12 Post by romulous » Tue Jan 22, 2013 12:26 am

TPFC is spidered by the Wayback Machine:
http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www ... eeware.com

The earliest copy of the site it holds is 9 February 2005. If you check that copy, you will see the downloads:
http://web.archive.org/web/200502091927 ... eware.com/ (click the 'Downloads' link)

If you check 31 December 2005, the downloads are gone, so they disappeared sometime in 2005 (you could probably work out roughly when by spending a bit of time on the Wayback Machine):
http://web.archive.org/web/200512310322 ... eware.com/

So if you only started visiting the site from about 2006 onwards, you wouldn't have seen them. So 'Early Days' means early 2005 at the latest (my memory of the downloads themselves is from 2004).

ISO's were 76MB and 95MB back then :) I still only had a dial-up internet connection at that stage - small though they were, they still took a while to download!

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#13 Post by Checker » Tue Jan 22, 2013 11:49 am

@ guinness: Uups, it seems that we are new/young members Image
Now I can reduce my Alzheimer's medication Image

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#14 Post by Andrew Lee » Wed Jan 23, 2013 5:24 pm

Can you generate a list of all listed applications (+download link) and make it available to users?
Seriously? Who else wants this? If someone else seconds this, I will do it. Though why someone would want to download _everything_, I cannot understand. :D Haven't we got enough information overload already? :shock:

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#15 Post by Midas » Thu Jan 24, 2013 3:48 am

From my layman grunt view, wouldn't it function as a sort of API foundation?

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