Not a bad solution, and an entirely legit one too (it downloads only the "useful" part of download.microsoft.com/download/8/E/9/8E9BBC64-E6F8-457C-9B8D-F6C9A16E6D6A/KB3AIK_EN.iso basically e.g. bytes 129740800 to 136032256 for the Win7 version).
Not really, as it distributes Curl without the required COPYING text:
COPYRIGHT AND PERMISSION NOTICE
Copyright © 1996 - 2012, Daniel Stenberg, <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
All rights reserved.
Permission to use, copy, modify, and distribute this software for any purpose
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IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY,
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NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM,
DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR
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but this is easily correctable
I am much more puzzled by the fact that his nice
: idea has been implemented as a 650 kb .exe that seemingly does the same as chosing between a set of three one liners similar to this:
curl.exe <some options> <some http address>
and a few "bells and whistles" around them.
Maybe, it would be nice if the <some options> were explicited and the same approach could be re-used easily for other tools/files, etc.
In a first test after having a nice looking green progress bar across the screen showing the download progress, I got "Checksum mismatch" and no files were downloaded (actually they were most probably downloaded but immediately deleted).
Is there any particular trick involved in using the thingy or it only works if you run Vista
or later, or what?