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    right click suppression on web pages

    So here's the problem...

    There is this media file that I want to view but it takes like 30 minutes for windows media player to locate the file (I'm assuming because that's the longest I've waited before just giving up). So I tried to right click and select the "save target as" option, however, it's grayed out. In my previous versions of IE this option is available. What's up with the whole right-click suppression idea. So here's my real question. Is there a way to save the file without having to open it up? All I want to do is view it and nothing else. I don't plan to steal it and post it to my personal web page or anything because that's lame and I have more self respect than that. I just want to view if there are any other ways to download it/save it to my hard drive w/o having to open it I'd be so happy. Any input is welcome. Thanks.

    -The Eeshman

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    I hate it when I come across those pages too. What you can do is either select 'source' from the 'view'-menu to open the pages sourece and look for the link there - if thats not working either, try to open the page with anther browser - nine out of ten times, you can use the other browsers hotkey for viewing sourcecode (CTRL-U in Netscape, Mozilla). This requires having some knowledge of html, but you'll see, it's pretty striaghtforward.
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    Three ways around this.
    1. Get the Proxomitron. It's a personal proxy that runs on your puter. It has support to kill onclick as well as java and active x controls that disable r click.
    2. Disable Java, Java Scripts, and Active X in your browser. Then emtpy your browser cache, go back to the page. Then it will work. (most of the time unless it's server side)
    3. After you have watched it. A copy of it can be found in you temp internet files (cache). Just copy it from the cache to another folder.

    Other ways are out there. This is just a small collection to get you started.
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    Hmm. Well, looking through your cache should work, but if "save target" is greyed out, I think that's not a javascript/activeX thing, but rather just Internet Explorer trying to be 'nice' to the customer. Using a different browser should do it. I would seriously recommend using Opera, and keeping IE just for sites that are designed with a lot of Microsoft-Dependent bells-and-whistles.

    Added in Edit:
    Opera is free (with a unobtrusive banner), and it doesn't try to hide quite to much from the user. It lets you do a lot of things which Internet Explorer and Netscape try to bury within their options. You can turn on/off image loading or custom style-sheets with a keypress, and enable/disable java, plugins, javascript, cookies, pop-up-windows, and more with a keypress for a small menu and a click.

    By comparison, IE makes you go into several layers of options, and click OK several times to make a change. Not so nice. Furthermore, Opera (I haven't run into any non-right-click pages yet... either that or Opera blocks it) gives you the option to do such things on a right click as viewing source, saving the address of the page or the link, opening the page or link in a new window, saving the target of any link, reloading the page at a customizable rate... It doesn't try to get in your way, it assumes you know what you want, and doesn't get in your way. As for security, I believe it's needed a lot less patching than IE.

    Lastly, I have found it to be SO MUCH MUCH MUCH more stable than IE. I can count the number of times it crashed on me on one hand. And if you have multiple sites open, you can close the program, and come back to all of the sites later when you open it up again.

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    Thanks a ton guys. I was working strictly on a windows box because the whole dual boot thing was just too frustrating. I now have Mandrake 8.1 running which now allows me to use about 8 browsers. I'll give all those tips a try. Once again, I appreciated the help.

    -The Eeshman

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    I was just reading the latest ed of 2600 magazine and I learned something new about this type of thing.

    2 things that the article recommended were using LYNX, which is a text based browser and simply telneting to port 80 of the site and acting like a browser from the terminal using
    {GET /thedir/thefile.html} There is also a java script given that'll download a file from a URL.

    It's good to know these things are case you want to protect against them by building in further layers of defense triggers....if it's *really* that important to you.
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    JinX, if you're going to use Lynx on Linux, you don't need that or a Javascript. There's a utility called WGET on most linux distros (there's a windows version too) that will download a file from a url...
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