I am going to download the entire internet tomorrow morning

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Well, maybe not the entire internet but I plan to download all of the Wikipedia over time.  I figure it will be good to have a local copy of it for when the zombie apocolypse happens.

Thankfully I can do all the downloading I want from 3 am to 6 am during the free zone.

http://xowa.org/index.html is what I plan to use to download the entire Wikipedia.

The small version of the Wikipedia is 2 GB and the complete version is 100 GB.
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That XOWA program is pretty neat.  The "simple" version of the Wikipedia is about 2 GB and has lots of articles.  

The grand daddy of the entire Wikipedia is over 100 GB.  I'm going to see if I can download it in increments over the next few days.  Unfortunately, the XOWA application doesn't have a scheduler built in.  Fortunately it does have the ability to be paused.  

Its going to be a little bit of a pain to set an alarm for 3 am, but this will be an interesting experiment to see how much data can be downloaded during the late night free zone.
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So...what will be next?  The  Library of Congress?
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So I think I have finally finished downloading the entire Wikipedia.  I downloaded it using Internet Download Manager and a bunch of zip files from the XOWA site.  I have downloaded a grand total of 180 GB of Wikipedia data.

Tonight I am copying the files to my 4 TB hard drive, and when I get around to it, I will start unzipping the contents.  I'm curious to see how much data this is when its all unzipped.

As of right now, I've used 268 GB for the month, on a Liberty 12 plan.  So far I've only used 8.7 GB of my 12 GB priority data.  My plan restarts on April 4th.
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I am a little unsure why you would download Wikipedia, which isn't exactly the most reliable source of information on the internet.  Then again, probably more reliable than the New York Times.

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When the zombie apocalypse happens, I will have access to an encyclopedia and you won't.

You can never have to much reference material for survival.
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Call Wikipedia an encyclopedia is a bit of a stretch :).
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It's better than nothing. What resource will you use for knowledge when the nuclear bomb goes off?
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Did you really download Wikipedia?
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Yep. I'm extracting 180 gb of zip files as we speak. According to Winrar, it's going to take 5 hours and 30 minutes to extract everything.

I guess I'll find out in the morning if this worked or not.
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Are you going to print it all out so you will be able to access it when your computers stop working? 
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Computer has a battery, UPS has a battery, and I've got a generator outside. I'll put the laptop in a metal garbage can to protect it from EMP.
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Is it a diesel generator?  Maybe you could render out some Zombies and start making bio-diesel. Un exhaustible supply!
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Gasoline.
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Better get some solar as backup then. Unless you can train some zombies to make you some gas! Should be able to figure out how to do that from your copy of Wikipedia!
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I would be more concerned about my next meal rather than brushing up on my book learnin'....
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I've got enough food and water for one person to live on for a year. I also have plenty of ammo, a couple of gas masks and several packs of iodine tablets. I'm prepared.
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I had a handful of corrupt files I had to download over again but all is well now.  The total size of my Wikipedia download is 189 GB, all downloaded during the late night free zone without using any of my priority data.

My local copy of the Wikipedia is working great and I plan to update it once a year.  Its a huge download, but should the antennas stop working on Viasat 1, I will still have a localized copy of the "internet" including all of the Wikipedia .

In addition to the Wikipedia, I have over 1,500 videos stored on my Plex server.

That is a grand total of 1.61 TB of content being stored on my external 4 TB hard drive.  I'm a happy camper and I'm ready for the zombie apocalypse.  
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Slow sarcastic clap again :)
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You boys and girls make fun of me for being a little bit of a prepper, but had today's outage been someone permanent, it wouldn't have been so bad for me.  I have an offline copy of the Wikipedia for reference material, 2 terabytes of video on my Plex server, 400 bottles of water, at least a dozen cases of MREs, several hundred cans of non-perishable food, gas generator, plenty of guns, ammo, iodine tablets, and gas masks.  I'm ready.
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And of course a DeLorean equipped with Mr. Fusion...
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Having Mr Fusion is pretty cool, and it's no longer limited to classic cars!

Think Geek rocks.
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Don't forget the Duck Tape Stephen, cool thing is Duck Tape is available in all sorts of pretty colors!