WIRED: 10 Browser Add-Ons to Make Downloading Videos Easy

WIRED: 10 Browser Add-Ons to Make Downloading Videos Easy. “MAYBE YOU WANT to save an image or a video clip from the web through your browser because it’ll make a great wallpaper or you want to include it in a video you’re making. In most cases (especially when it comes to pictures) you can simply right-click on the file and choose ‘save image as,’ or something similar. But sometimes that doesn’t work, or not well enough. What if there’s no save option on the right-click menu? What if you want to quickly save dozens of images from a single website? What if you’re trying to save an animated video as a GIF, or you keep downloading one of those .webp files no one wants?

The Verge: Stack Overflow wants to make it easier to code in the Arctic or prison

The Verge: Stack Overflow wants to make it easier to code in the Arctic or prison. “Stack Overflow is trying to make sure that its repository of programming knowledge, stored in the form of millions and millions of questions and answers, is available even to people without internet access. It’s announcing an initiative called Overflow Offline, where it’ll work with developers and a wide range of organizations that deal with things like the justice and prison systems, education, and scientific endeavors.”

Slashgear: How To Archive All Of Your Twitter Data And Secure Your Account

SlashGear: How To Archive All Of Your Twitter Data And Secure Your Account. “Musk’s free speech absolutism has raised alarms about a rise in far-right extremist content, and research suggests that it has already started. A few influential personalities have already left, and more have indicated intentions of doing so in the near future. If you’re planning to leave Twitter, too, you should first make sure to archive your data.”

Ars Technica: How to download a backup copy of your Twitter data (or deactivate your account)

Ars Technica: How to download a backup copy of your Twitter data (or deactivate your account). “Big changes are underway at Twitter as we speak—including new leadership—and some people are nervous about what the future might bring for the social network. Things may end up completely fine, but even in tranquil times, it’s good to know how to get a copy of your Twitter data for local safekeeping—or to deactivate your Twitter account if you choose. This puts control of your data in your hands.”

Bellingcat: Preserve Vital Online Content With Bellingcat’s Auto Archiver

Bellingcat: Preserve Vital Online Content With Bellingcat’s Auto Archiver. “Open source research often relies on social media posts that contain videos and images. However, these posts can be taken down by platforms or deleted by those posting them. That’s why we at Bellingcat created a tool — the Auto Archiver — to help the open-source community, as well as journalists and researchers, easily archive online content. The tool allows for posts, and their video or visual attachments, to be archived by simply entering a link into a Google Sheets document.”

9to5 Google: You can download Hangouts history via Google Takeout until January 1

9to5 Google: You can download Hangouts history via Google Takeout until January 1. “The only way to use classic Hangouts today is the website, but that’s set to go away in November. Ahead of that, Google is advising people to download Hangouts history via Takeout ‘because some of [their] conversations or portions of conversations won’t automatically migrate from Hangouts to Chat.’”

MakeUseOf: How to Legally Download Movies to Watch Offline for Free

MakeUseOf: How to Legally Download Movies to Watch Offline for Free. “Almost all of us now use streaming services to catch the hottest new movies and TV shows. However, streaming still has one major flaw… you need an internet connection. Which means they aren’t all that convenient when you’re traveling. Fortunately, many of the best streaming services now allow you to download movies to watch offline; and all for free, as part of your normal account. So, in this article, we’ll show you how to download movies to watch offline, free and legally.”

SwissInfo: Swiss technology foils Russian censorship

SwissInfo: Swiss technology foils Russian censorship. “The Swiss software Kiwix enables the user to copy entire websites so they can be accessible offline. Now that Wikipedia risks sanction in Russia because of its content on the Ukraine war, downloads of the free online encyclopaedia using Kiwix are off the charts.”

Mashable: Russians are downloading Wikipedia en masse as possible ban looms

Mashable: Russians are downloading Wikipedia en masse as possible ban looms . “Reporting for Slate, writer Annie Rauwerda dove into Kiwix’s public stats and found that the number of downloads of the Russian-language Wikipedia have spiked in recent weeks. It’s already been downloaded 148,457 times this month so far. As Rauwerda points out, that’s more than a 4,000 percent uptick in downloads in March when compared to January of this year. Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology, and Mass Media (abbreviated as Roskomnadzor), aka its censorship agency, threatened to block Wikipedia in the country earlier this month.”

Mashable: How to save a GIF from Twitter

Honestly saving this one for myself, as I have a sad, sad GIF game. Mashable: How to save a GIF from Twitter. “So you saw a fun GIF on Twitter. That’s cool, good for you, seems like fun. Now you want to save it for your own personal use. That’s cool, too, but unfortunately a bit more involved than you might think. The task isn’t difficult, necessarily, but it does take a few more steps than you might’ve previously thought. But once you master the process, you can take a fun GIF from Twitter and add it to your library in no time at all.”

Ghacks: How to download and convert Google Keep notes

Ghacks: How to download and convert Google Keep notes. “If you want to migrate to another note taking solution, for instance because you want to reduce the number of Google apps and services that you use, to migrate to an open source alternative, or fear that Google might kill the service eventually, then you need to figure out how to export your Google Keep data and get it imported into another note taking application. In this guide, I’ll be walking you through these steps (sans the importing into another note taking application, but you will get some suggestions).”