Andrew Ducker (andrewducker) wrote,
Andrew Ducker

I hate installers that download files as needed

Diablo III is currently doing an Open Beta weekend. And as Julie loved the first two, I figured it might be worth grabbing two copies to play with.

So I downloaded it, thinking that 44MB wasn't very much. And, as I suspected, the installer is now downloading 3.7GB of extra content.

Guess what - it'll have to do exactly the same thing again on Julie's machine. So rather than downloading the content once, it's going to download 7.4GB.

I don't know who thought this would be a good idea, but it really wasn't...


It is smarter than it looks. I started the download on Julie's machine half an hour after the download on my machine, it quickly ramped up to 5MB/s (which is significantly faster than my broadband is this week), and slurped it down from my machine via the wonders of P2P.

I take it back, Blizzard coders, you are smarter than you look!

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