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Google Chrome now uses SPDY HTTP replacement, halves page load time

We're not entirely sure of the time line here, but it looks like Google has now rolled out the SPDY HTTP replacement to its full bevy of Web services, including Gmail, Docs, and YouTube. If you're currently using Google's Chrome browser you're probably already using SPDY. We originally reported on SPDY way back in November 2009, when Google introduced it as yet another experiment in making ...

Burnbit turns just about any download into a torrent

Ever found an awesome download on the Web and thought, "Man, why don't they offer a torrent download?!" It's so much nicer pulling down Ubuntu ISOs at 690K per second via µTorrent instead of 250K or so via HTTP. A newly-launched service called Burnbit is set to give Web downloads a much-needed punch in the face. Head over to their website, drop the URL to an HTTP download in the blank, a...

Google's SPDY protocol will speed up the web - and Chrome OS, too

Over at the Chromium blog, Google has announced a project they've been working on called 'SPeeDY.' It's an updated transport protocol for the web which improves upon HTTP, reducing latency through network-fu like multiplexed streams, request prioritization, and header compression. "We started working on SPDY while exploring ways to optimize the way browsers and servers communicate," says the offi...

Web inventor: Sorry about the //

You know how pretty much every web address starts with http:// or https:// or something similar? After the first few hundred times you probably stopped thinking about it. And most modern web browsers don't even require you to type it at all. But if you add up all the seconds people have spent typing http://, you'd probably have a lot of seconds on your hands. And it turns out, there's no really g...

HTTPLook: HTTP sniffing made simple

I'm a small-time web developer/tinkerer, and the occasion is not rare that I need to poke around in the HTTP traffic itself to debug some particularly stick problem. There are some lightweight ways to get the job done most of the time, in particular the excellent LiveHTTPHeaders add-on for Firefox, but once in awhile I need something a bit more robust. On the other hand, there's tools like Ethere...

HFT: Quick-and-easy HTTP file server

HFS stands for HTTP File Server, and it's a free app that makes it easy to set up and run a file server on Windows. Meant for making files available to your friends over the web, HFS has both download and upload modes, bandwidth control, HTML templates, user authentication, logging, and connection control, and can be toggled between Easy and Expert modes. On top of that, it's a 600kb download and ...