Here’s the story:
I’ve seen some activex controls I want on a a developer’s homepage site; his pages say they are free for all, no license restrictions, use and distribution with no royalties yadda yadda.
Some of the links to the actual files are broken though, now at first, I thought this must be because they were hosted elsewhere on an account that has now expired, but as it turns out, the links are broken because (it looks like) the web editor the developer last used made a complete hash of the URLs (they are linked to c:\whatever\blah\z\files\control.ocx, or something like that.
I managed to find a couple of them by pure guesswork, pasting the end of the link location onto the end of the home page URL, but for a couple, that just didn’t work. I reckon they probably are up there somewhere though and I suspect they might be in the root - I can’t just point my browser (IE) at this and have it display a folder view, because there’s an index.htm file there (the home page) and it just wants to open that.
The developer is not responding to his emails and I suspect he’s abandoned the account; given that I have his blanket permission in writing already to download and use the files, I see nothing unethical about nosing into the site folders and finding them for myself, but how can I do it?