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dosage: Get yours daily

It seems like a very long time since dailystrips, the comic downloader that had too many years between it and the current generation of comic hosting sites. dailystrips tried hard but as best I could tell, was unlikely to ever recover its 2003-era glory.

dosage, on the other hand, seems to have a firm grasp of The Way Things Are Now.

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dosage takes the name of the comic as a target, and dutifully downloads the image at your command. It also archives those targets in a folder tree, meaning after you start collecting images, dosage only needs one abbreviated command to update your entire collection.

It’s a good system and lends itself to the process. To add to that, you can attach target dates to dosage commands, and retrieve specific issues. Or add the -a flag, and pull down everything from a date to present. And retrieve “adult” comics, with a specific flag.

Supposedly dosage can retrieve around 2000 comics from their respective host, and I can vouch for two or three I really didn’t think it would know, but it grabbed quite willingly. If you want to test its ability, you can feed it the --list flag, and see a giant list of what it knows, sent straight to your $PAGER.

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I see where dosage flags multi-language comics with their translations, and so if you’re looking for something in another tongue, dosage may be able to help you.

Compared with dailystrips, dosage seems to have better access and better retrieval skills. Of course, that’s not really fair since dailystrips hasn’t seen much activity over the last decade.

dailystrips did have the option to build primitive HTML pages and plant your comics in them though, and while I do see something similar in dosage, it took me a few tries to build it correctly, and it seemed rather finicky if it had already built a file.

dosage is quite useful and if you’re a fan of comics — printed or electronic — it’s a must-have tool. And the beauty of dosage may be that it doesn’t require you to live in a graphical environment, since it’s primarily the downloader and organizer, and not the viewer.

And what should you do for a viewer? Well, that’s something we could review. … 😉

dailystrips: Gasping for air

Just for the record, I don’t expect a program 10 years out of development to sing along without a care in the world.

On the other hand, I do make use of software that pushes possibly as far back as the 1980s, not counting core programs that have been around since the dawn of technology.

Point being, 10 years without attention is not too far gone.

For dailystrips though, it’s not the underlying software that changed, it’s the targets of the software.

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I’m being cryptic, and I apologize. See, dailystrips is a great idea — a simple perl script that seeks out the day’s comic strips that you like, downloads the images and lumps them all together on a simple HTML page.

The more you think about it, the more brilliant it is: Rather than wander from site to site loading up all the garbage that comes with those comics, dailystrips peels out the image you actually want to see, and puts it on a vanilla page that loads in seconds. Fractions of seconds.

The problem is, as time has gone on, those sites have either changed or rearranged their content. And like I hinted, dailystrips has gone without updates since (apparently) 2003.

Long and short, for every four or five comics I tried to use with daily strips, I got one, maybe two that still worked. You can see in the screenshot that two out of four there were working, at best.

It depends on the host and probably the comic too. If you’ve got time on your hands I suppose you could pick through and see which ones don’t work, but the home page brags that dailystrips — in its prime — supported more than 550 comics.

You’d really have your work cut out for you.

Personally I’m a fan of any application or program that does the work of yanking actual content out of the swirling pool of muck that obscures the Internet.

The fact that this one is gasping for air makes the state of affairs all the more … disheartening. 😦

P.S., To get this rolling, you’ll need your distro’s version of perl’s lwp-protocol-https. In Arch, that’s perl-lwp-protocol-https and in Debian it should be liblwp-protocol-https-perl.