NcFTP, wget on OS X

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If you liked The Professional and La Femme Nikita, you'll probably want to see The Transporter. I know I will.

A new preview version of my favorite java-based editor, jEdit, has been released.

Version 1.4 of Jakarta Cactus, a server-side unit testing framework, has also been released.

NcFTP and GNU wget are a couple terminal-based file transfer utilities I find quite indispensable under OS X.

The antiquated NcFTP 2.4.3 is installed by default under 10.1.5. NcFTP 3.x, which was first introduced in 2000, sports numerous new features. Most notably bookmarks management and file name competition.

To download, compile and install NcFTP 3.1.4, open a terminal window and issue the following commands:
curl ftp://ftp.ncftp.com/ncftp/ncftp-3.1.4-src.tar.bz2 -O
bunzip2 ncftp-3.1.4-src.tar.bz2
tar xvf ncftp-3.1.4-src.tar
cd ncftp-3.1.4
./configure
sudo make install
rehash
cd ..
rm -rf ncftp-3.1.4*
If bzip2 is not available on your system, look here for instructions. By default, NcFTP 3.1.4 is installed in /usr/local/bin and will not overwrite the old version located in /usr/bin.

I use wget to retrieve files over HTTP or FTP. It is very similar to curl, but quite easier to use.

To download, compile and install wget 1.8.1, open a terminal window and type:
curl ftp://ftp.gnu.org/pub/gnu/wget/wget-1.8.1.tar.gz -O
tar zxvf wget-1.8.1.tar.gz
cd wget-1.8.1
./configure
sudo make install
rehash
cd ..
rm -rf wget-1.8.1*
By default, wget is installed in /usr/local/bin.

"Will I use iChat? Not until it is redesigned to work better for those who have large user lists and use chat as a part of their work routine. Power users need more options…" -- I completely agree with Rob. We heavily use AIM for internal communication. iChat in its current bloated implementation will simply not cut it.

Lots of noise on the Java-Dev mailing list regarding the availability of Java 1.4 on OS X. Allen Denison, Apple's Java Product Manager, offers some answers. The fact still remains that it has been over a year since Sun released the first public beta version. That's what I call dropping the ball.