How to use wget to Legally Grab Photoshop and CS2 [UPDATED]

Upload Adobe Photoshop CS2, Legally & Free

Upload Adobe Photoshop CS2, Legally & Free

In case you haven’t heard, Adobe’s handing out some belated holiday cheer. Announced yesterday and still available today, Adobe is allowing you to obtain for yourself a free, legitimate copy of Photoshop and the rest of the Creative Suite 2 — provided you own an existing license of CS2, and need to reinstall the software — no strings attached.

Well, one small string that the folks over at Gizmodo describe nicely, along with why this may be worth the effort:

Well, unless you think having an Adobe account is a catch. Anyway, apparently Adobe’s tired of keeping the activation servers running to support legitimate installs of the 10-year-old CS2, so it’s decided to just give it away. Sounds great to me..

Ok, there’s a second string attached, best represented in the following tweet from Church Magazine contributor James Cooper (@jpc101) sent my way shortly after my original post:

Tweet from @jpc101 regarding the 'free' aspect of the download.

Tweet from @jpc101 regarding the ‘free’ aspect of the download.

Gory details here, courtesy of the folks at Forbes:

“What is true is that Adobe is terminating the activation servers for CS2 and that for existing licensed users of CS2 who need to reinstall their software, copies of CS2 that don’t require activation but do require valid serial numbers are available. (Special serial numbers are provided on the page for each product download.) See <http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1114930>.”

Free — or not — I found that much of yesterday, Adobe’s Photoshop and CS2 download page was down, due to popular demand I’m sure. And that’s what this post is about, providing you a technique to download large multiple files without clobbering your bandwidth or browser.

Not wanting to run into that problem, and not wanting to tie-up my browser with downloading the 5 or 6 files this install prescribes, I though I might share with you how I’m using the free, GNU provided command-line tool wget to grab the files in a way that will run in the background while I get some important things done for work. Here is the syntax:

[sourcecode language=”bash”]
cd "/your-favorite-download-file-path-here/AdobeCS2/mac"
echo "1130-0412-8377-1896-9751-5759" > CS_20_mac_serial_number.txt
wget -nc -c http://download.adobe.com/pub/adobe/magic/creativesuite/CS2_EOL/MLTI/CS2_install_Mac.pdf
wget -nc -c http://download.adobe.com/pub/adobe/magic/creativesuite/CS2_EOL/STES/CS_20_IE_NonRet_D1.dmg.bin
wget -nc -c http://download.adobe.com/pub/adobe/magic/creativesuite/CS2_EOL/STES/CS_20_IE_NonRet_D2.dmg.bin
wget -nc -c http://download.adobe.com/pub/adobe/magic/creativesuite/CS2_EOL/STES/CS_20_IE_NonRet_D3.dmg.bin
wget -nc -c http://download.adobe.com/pub/adobe/magic/creativesuite/CS2_EOL/MLTI/VCS2.dmg
wget -nc -c http://download.adobe.com/pub/adobe/magic/creativesuite/CS2_EOL/MLTI/CS_2.0_IE_Extras_1.dmg.bin
echo "1045-0410-5403-3188-5429-0639" >> PhSp_CS2_mac_serial_number.txt
wget -nc -c http://download.adobe.com/pub/adobe/magic/creativesuite/CS2_EOL/PHSP/PhSp_CS2_English.dmg.bin
echo "1057-0410-8218-6295-1699-9560" >> PSE4_Mac_serial.number.txt
wget -nc -c http://download.adobe.com/pub/adobe/magic/creativesuite/CS2_EOL/PSE/PSE4_Mac_WWE_ESD1.dmg.bin
ls -lrt
[/sourcecode]

For those of you who’d rather do this in the middle of the night, I might recommend creating a batch/shell script of the above. You’ll note that I include the wget arguments the –continue (-c) command to resume getting a partially-downloaded file after getting disconnected, in combination with the –no-clobber (-nc) directive not to delete existing files. This allows me to schedule/crontab a a download at 1am, so when I wake-up at 6am I find files that also may have had to overcome disconnections or disruptions that bumped the download in the middle of the night.

Also, for those using a Mac or Linux, you can add a semi-colon (‘;’) after each command and string them together to run them concurrently, though I’d think twice before doing that unless you have a very big pipeline from which to download.

FYI, the above syntax was for the Mac, so for PC users, here’s the equivalent:

[sourcecode language=”bash”]
cd "/your-favorite-download-file-path-here/AdobeCS2/win"
echo "1130-1414-7569-4457-6613-5551" > CS_20_win_serial_number.txt
wget -nc -c http://download.adobe.com/pub/adobe/magic/creativesuite/CS2_EOL/MLTI/CS2_install_Win.pdf
wget -nc -c http://download.adobe.com/pub/adobe/magic/creativesuite/CS2_EOL/MLTI/CreativeSuiteCS2Disc1.exe
wget -nc -c http://download.adobe.com/pub/adobe/magic/creativesuite/CS2_EOL/MLTI/CreativeSuiteCS2Disc2.exe
wget -nc -c http://download.adobe.com/pub/adobe/magic/creativesuite/CS2_EOL/MLTI/CreativeSuiteCS2Disc3.exe
wget -nc -c http://download.adobe.com/pub/adobe/magic/creativesuite/CS2_EOL/MLTI/VCS2.zip
wget -nc -c http://download.adobe.com/pub/adobe/magic/creativesuite/CS2_EOL/MLTI/CS_2.0_WWE_Extras_1.exe
echo "1045-1412-5685-1654-6343-1431" > PhSp_CS2_win_serial_number.txt
wget -nc -c http://download.adobe.com/pub/adobe/magic/creativesuite/CS2_EOL/PHSP/PhSp_CS2_English.exe
echo "1057-1414-3729-7573-7352-1206" > PSE_5.0_WIN_serial_number.txt
wget -nc -c http://download.adobe.com/pub/adobe/magic/creativesuite/CS2_EOL/PSE/PSE_5.0_WIN_ESD1_ENG.exe
ls -lrt
[/sourcecode]

I found that on my Mac, the entire process took 15 minutes — quietly and smoothly running in the background. Your mileage and download times may vary.

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Church Marketing Sucks – An Infographic of their Top 10 Posts for 2012

If you aren’t a regular reader of ChurchMarketingSucks.com, then either you like wandering in the church communications wilderness, or you just haven’t had time to add their RSS feeds to your aggregator … go ahead … I’ll wait.

Now that we’ve taken care of that piece of business, I thought I might bring to your attention their listing of their top 10 posts for 2012. Why? Glad you asked.

As your church &/or charity finalizes your communications strategy for 2013 — assuming your organization plans such things in advance — I thought it might be helpful to create a colorful handout of CMS‘ top 10 list so you could better identify targets for tactical textual content.

Infographic: Top 10 Posts at Church Marketing Sucks for 2012

Infographic: Top 10 Posts from Church Marketing Sucks for 2012

Once you’re done downloading this infographic, why not show some love and link on over to Church Marketing Sucks and read the rest of their top 10 posts for 2012 article?

Credit & Thanks to:

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12 days of Jesus Junk – The 2012 Edition – Day 12

12 days of Jesus Junk, 2012 Edition, Day 10: Happy Birthday Jesus Christmas Lawn Display Yard Sign Decoration.

12 days of Jesus Junk, 2012 Edition, Day 10: Happy Birthday Jesus Christmas Lawn Display Yard Sign Decoration.

With the 2012 election behind us, why not fill that barren spot that once proudly presented your political affiliation with this weatherproof, corrugated plastic (not cardboard), digitally printed “Happy Birthday Jesus” Christmas Lawn Display – Yard Sign Decoration?”

While the candidate of your choice may not have succeeded, this propaganda poster, I mean lawn ornament a sure winner, especially for those trying to reach-out to their neighbor who spends his Sunday mornings washing his car rather than attending your Sunday school class.

And if you play your cards right, you might even get the more litigious members of that pesky Home Owners Association to jump off the codicil cliff when they drive by your ‘vote for Jesus‘ residence.

Regardless of one’s political point of view, I think we can all agree that this is a good enough place to put this series to the miserable, I mean merciful end it deserves.

So thank you for putting up with my tomfoolery, and hopefully 2013 will bring you and your family His Peace and His Grace, sans all the cruft and crap they’re peddling out there these days.

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12 days of Jesus Junk – The 2012 Edition – Day 11

12 days of Jesus Junk, 2012 Edition, Day 10: Christmas Nativity Scene Airblown Inflatable Outdoor Decoration

12 days of Jesus Junk, 2012 Edition, Day 10: Christmas Nativity Scene Airblown Inflatable Outdoor Decoration

A little known fact that while there was no room at the inn, the animals in the stable were apparently very capable of delivering the Baby Jesus, as depicted in this ‘Christmas Nativity Scene Airblown Inflatable Outdoor Decoration.’

What does this have to do with the web design for your church or charity? Glad you asked. Let me sum it up in 3 words:

Don’t get cute.

While  I no longer find too many instances of the animated gif spinning gold lamé cross, I do see a number of sites who are still ‘flashinated’ with sliding billboards of smiling faces but little in terms of usability and/or what the visitor is actually seeking.

Similarly, I’m also see quite a bit of animated gee-wiz implementations of jQuery, which are technically cool, but again, don’t answer the questions nor provide the data a new family visiting town seeks when trying to figure out if their potential pastor is preaching total immersion baptism and/or providing qualified child care while the adults sit in on a Sunday school class or sermon.

I’m not saying one shouldn’t use these tools, just … well … don’t get cute with them.

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12 days of Jesus Junk – The 2012 Edition – Day 10

12 days of Jesus Junk, 2012 Edition, Day 10 – Moose Nativity Scene Figurines

12 days of Jesus Junk, 2012 Edition, Day 10 – Moose Nativity Scene Figurines

Yes, nothing annunciates the coming of the Prince of Peace than caricaturizing his birth in the form of a wild animal known to attack more human beings than bears and wolves combined.

Said beasts are not too kind to cars either, but I digress …

The only thing that would make this display sillier were if it not only included moose, but squirrel, Natasha and Boris too.

Let the reader understand.

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12 days of Jesus Junk – The 2012 Edition – Day 9

12 days of Jesus Junk, 2012 Edition, Day 9 - Beautiful Sweets Nativity Organic Cookies

12 days of Jesus Junk, 2012 Edition, Day 9 – Beautiful Sweets Nativity Organic Cookies

Controversy is no stranger to the Christian faith, even when it comes in the sweet form of ‘Beautiful Sweets Nativity Organic Cookies.’

Made with no preservatives, these crunchy characters are nut-free, unless of you’re one of those who insist somehow that the transubstantiation of the Eucharist is somehow a form of cannibalism — when in fact it is merely ‘Bread from Heaven‘ representative of the nature and person of Jesus.

Of course, it doesn’t help the Church to fend-off such ‘foolish controversies‘ when stuffing one’s face with carbohydrate rich concoctions made of flour, butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, baking powder, salt.

Perhaps if we focused our efforts more on what Jesus meant when he clarified the issue in John 6:27-35 and less on giving the trolls food for fodder we could eat our cake and have it too — or in this case — an all-natural set of gourmet, decorated sugar cookies decorated as a Nativity set

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12 days of Jesus Junk – The 2012 Edition – Day 8

12 days of Jesus Junk, the 2012 Edition,Day 8 : 6 Foot Inflatable Santa Claus Climbing on Christmas Tree Chased by Dog

12 days of Jesus Junk, the 2012 Edition,Day 8 : 6 Foot Inflatable Santa Claus Climbing on Christmas Tree Chased by Dog

Who knew the esteemed Saint Nicholas wore ice-blue, snow-flaked boxer shorts? At least that’s what we’re to take-away after beholding a fully blown-up “6 Foot Inflatable Santa Claus Climbing on Christmas Tree Chased by Dog” pictured here.

A far cry from the ‘Jolly Old Saint’ who cold-cocked the heresiarch Arius at the First Ecumenical Council of Nicea (AD 325) while Arius was defending his position on the inferiority of Christ.

Not that I’m suggesting we adorn our lawns with blow-up depictions of this blessed event, but I wouldn’t think it so bad if we used our Church and/or Charity websites to convey a bit more history over such sophmoric attempts at  humor — such a that on display today.

Here’s a good example of one such lesson entitled “Persecuted, Jailed, Passionate – That’s my kind of Santa Claus.

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12 days of Jesus Junk – The 2012 Edition – Day 7

12 days of Jesus Junk – The 2012 Edition – Day 7 : 12 Dogs of Christmas Avanti Christmas Cards

12 days of Jesus Junk – The 2012 Edition – Day 7 : 12 Dogs of Christmas Avanti Christmas Cards

For today’s venture in to ‘Jesus Junk‘, we move on from playing cards to a 10-count pack of  ‘The 12 Dogs of Christmas Avanti Christmas Cards.’

Honestly, if I were sending out kitschy cards such as these I could see why I’d only need 10, perhaps even less.

The description of these greeting cards begs the question:

” … what better way to create a smile during the holidays than with this charming 12 Dogs of Christmas manger scene? “

Personally, I could think of several dozen off-hand, but that’s not the point.

My point today is simply that more than once, I’ve seen a Church and/or Charity website contain content that’s only funny, witty, humorous and/or cool to the web master who is treating it as their … wait for it … their ‘pet project.’

Don’t do that. Instead, make sure there’s some accountability for the content in the process. I’m not talking about yet another committee, just a couple of individuals committed to helping keep the site from myopically becoming a 1-trick pony … or perhaps puppy in this case.

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12 days of Jesus Junk – The 2012 Edition – Day 6

12 days of Jesus Junk – The 2012 Edition – Day 3 – Where's my Ho's At? Santa Sweater

12 days of Jesus Junk – The 2012 Edition – Day 3 – Where’s my Ho’s At? Santa Sweater

Nothing rings in the spirit of the Advent like a ‘punny’ play on a populist term for a prostitute, like the one depicted on the ‘Where My Ho’s At?’  Men’s Long Sleeve Santa Sweatshirt.

In its attempt at dark humor is not lost on any volunteer at your local Magdalene House, All Things New, Linda’s House of Hope, and/or Annie Lobert ministry — many whom I would suspect would love to have a conversation at length with anyone who might don this apparel — even on Tacky Christmas Sweater Day — which is celebrated on the 17th of December each year.

I know, a bit heavy for such a light-hearted series as the 12 Daze of Jesus Junk, but this particular one bugged me a bit as it reminded me of some of the names and faces of people in need I ran into while volunteering at a church in New York City’s  Hell’s Kitchen, and whose tagline at that time read: “Homeless people down the block. Prostitutes on the corner. Crack dealers across the street. What a great place for a church.”

Just keep all this in mind as you consider places for Christmas donations.

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12 days of Jesus Junk – The 2012 Edition – Day 5

Dianna Effner Jesus: Birth Of A Savior Realistic Lifelike Baby Doll by Ashton Drake

Dianna Effner Jesus: Birth Of A Savior Realistic Lifelike Baby Doll by Ashton Drake

It’s time for the Christmas Pageant, and everyone has a part to play, even this sweet baby boy, also known as the ‘Dianna Effner “Jesus: Birth Of A Savior” Realistic Life-like Baby Doll by Ashton Drake.’ Only $199.99!!

Not convinced? Perhaps you will be after reading this snippet from the online product description:

In a glorious expression of faith, award-winning Master Doll Artist Dianna Effner presents, for the first time ever, her heartwarming vision of the baby Jesus in Jesus: Birth of a Savior Doll. This doll creation is a moving expression of the Baby Jesus on the night he was born, handcrafted of collector-quality fine porcelain and brought to you as a Signature Edition Doll exclusively from The Ashton-Drake Galleries.With completely hand-painted features, this baby savior doll has wisps of baby-soft hair, long baby eyelashes and tiny, hand-painted fingernails and toenails.

Still not buying it? Yeah, neither am I.

Not that this product isn’t skillfully crafted or made, but rather it reminds me of oh-so-many church and charity websites that get so lost in the ‘art project’ aspect of their delivery, that they lose focus of the original goal.

Me, personally?  I’m thinking a slightly more Middle-Eastern baby on a slightly less luxurious bedding might make things a bit more ‘realistic’ and ‘lifelike’ for me.

But that’s my humble opinion, your’s may vary.

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