As I did in a previous post, here is another nice tool I've been using for a few weeks now, which I find very helpful when it comes to large downloads such as the recently released Visual Studio 2008 beta 2 (but now I'm using it for every download larger than 5 Mb): Free Download Manager.
I short, FDM allows you to resume your interrupted downloads (if the server supports it, of course), limit the downloading speed (handy if you're browsing the Internet while downloading in background), schedule your downloads and perform some actions when done (scan for viruses, suspend/shutdown the computer, close the connection etc...), find and use mirror servers, split the download into several section to increase download speed (they say up to 600%: I've not measured it, but for sure it's faster), html spider, download entire sites etc... (here are some screenshots).
The idea is not new (GetRight for instance do almost the same), up to you decide what you like most
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fdm is a great tool, it does what it's supposed to do and it's free.
btw, really insightful blog carlo. 'quote of the day' bit is also nice. worth following:)