Some of these tips may be familiar.Some may be surprisingly different
Here are ways to 1) search for hard to find softwares 2)download and queue downloads with resume/pause functions
Bit Torrents are the best way to download anything . To quote the Openoffice website ”
BitTorrent is a P2P method where a central ‘tracker’ keeps track of who is downloading and sharing specific files.
When using BitTorrent to download OpenOffice.org, your computer automatically uses spare bandwidth to help share the file with others, and this means that you don’t have to put up with slower downloads during peak download times (such as just after a release), because the more people downloading, the more people sharing.
Also, your download is automatically checked for integrity to make sure that it is identical to the official version.
To use BitTorrent technology, you must have a BitTorrent “client” installed.
- uTorrent (Windows)
- Official BitTorrent Client (Cross-Platform)
- Azureus (Cross-Platform)
- ABC (Windows, Linux)
- Shareaza (Windows)
- Tomato Torrent (Mac OS X)
- BitComet (Windows)
- aria2 (Linux) “
For normal downloads , use DAP from www.speedbit.com. Thats best suited. Also try compressing stuff before uploading.This does have an impact on office bandwidth usage costs. For cutting down on software costs for your organization, download Ubuntu Linux from http://www.ubuntu.com and OpenOffice from http://www.openoffice.org and use it for top 10 % technically qualified people, or bottom 10 % computers that basically use simple processing tasks like email, office,front desk etc.Then expand or tweak the percentages based on the results and satisfaction from users.
To cut down on intranet costs , you can use simple softwares from www.wordpress.org and host it on a computer for whole office to use it as an intranet. For creating an office newsletter , you can burn the feed at www.feedburner.com and use the email plugin to offer subscription to the email users.