Have you ever downloaded some data off the ‘net only to find it’s in a compressed or archive file format that your PC doesn’t have a helper app for? Or you’re fixing up a friend’s PC, you download some drivers and ditto, you can’t get them unpacked?
If so, you’ll be interested in WobZIP. It’s a web site where you can upload an archive file and it will uncompress it for you. Once uncompressed, you can either download the files one by one, or else the site will bundle the files back up into a zip archive for you to download.
The site is still in beta but claims to support the following archive formats – 7z, zip, gzip, bzip2, tar, rar, cab, iso, arj, lzh, chm, z, cpio, rpm, deb and nsis. Obviously quite a few of those formats are Unix and Linux, but there’s a fair collection of DOS / Windows ones too. As it’s a website, it doesn’t care what OS you’re running either. From the FAQ, WobZIP uses the open source 7-zip program as the decompression engine.
Cleverly, there’s also a feature to unpack or uncompress from a URL so you don’t always have to download to your PC and then upload back to WobZIP – you can just enter the URL and it will go and get the file for you. Also, it will scan the unpacked files for viruses.
Put this site in your bookmarks. You may not need it right now, but you will one day.
In the process of moving. It’s always fun – especially when you find stuff you didn’t think you had. For example, I found a spring jacket I thought I lost 2 years ago. I also found all the power adaptor plugs and re-matched them to their original item (then marked them so I can tell where they are suppose to go).
As I was sorting out, I found a box of floppy disks I thought I discarded in the last move. There was no real data on it. They were utility discs like “Wipedisk”, a Ghost loading program, Partition Magic 4.0 and old copies of Windows software I thought I would keep around “just in case”.
Well, that case is over.
I think I only have one computer with a floppy drive attached. I decided it wasn’t worth it to check the disk, then format, because if there was data, it would be pictures that could be discarded.
But it did bring back some memories. The 150 – floppy disk computer backup I made back in 1999, the stack of “Utility” disks I carried for 5 years. Even the “retreads” – disks that could be erased on a moments notice because I needed the disk. Oh, can’t forget WinZip and the spanning feature to put 10 meg files on 10 disks.
Along with the Floppies, I also discarded a few Zip 100 disks. I don’t even have a Zip drive anymore. Still waiting on the Iomega rebate, too. Therefore, the disks are history.
I could open the cases and clip the contents. But once again, if someone wants a series of pictures from 1999, then they are welcome to them.
I just hope Goodwill takes them. I suppose the local “Radioactive Waste disposal” site will take them…
CD’s will be next. Especially if the 10 Terrabyte Disc is developed for consumer use.