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February 03, 2005

A new way to transfer files!

Sending large files between two parties can always be problematic given the limits placed on attachment sizes by ISPs and Webmail services. Typically, the only solution is to burn files onto CD.

Here are two free services that help people get around this issue. Dropload and YouSendIt allow users to share files up to 1 GB in size with another individual.

The process is as simple as entering the recipients email address, and selecting the file to be sent. The speed at which the recipient is able to download the file from the remote server is of course dependent on his or her connection speed. Similarly, the faster your connection, the quicker the file will be uploaded to the servers.

1. Dropload (100mb file limit)

Dropload is a place for you to drop your files off and have them picked up by someone else at a later time. Recipients you specify are sent an email with instructions on how to download the file. Files are removed from the system after 7 days, regardless if they have been picked up or not. You can upload any type of file, mp3, movies, docs, pdfs, up to 100MB each! Recipients can be anyone with an email address

2. YouSendIt (1 GB file limit)

These free services should prove particularly useful for many.

Thanks to LifeHacker for the pointer


January 23, 2005

Computers, media storage and security

With the heightened popularity of digital cameras, camera phones, video cameras, scanners and digital audio, the amount of data we store on our computers is growing rapidly. A look though the media content of a hard drive is often sufficient to gain a good idea about one’s hobbies, friends and family.

This is great in a sense. Gone are the days of the ‘family photo album’. Why bother with something so cumbersome with minimal effort, a family history’s history can be viewed on a computer or television screen. Digital storage, when used effectively, minimises or eliminates the possibility media loss or degradation, and new technologies allow data from our external world to be captured with greater ease.

Photographs, video and audio can be distributed to a wide audience with much less effort and monetary cost due to e-mail, digital storage media (CDs, DVDs, flash drives), file sharing networks and lower bandwidth costs. Information about one’s self can be shared with friends and family regardless of their position on the globe.

Having said that, people generally feel more confident about being able to keep tangible CDs and photographs safe and free from unwanted access, while 1’s and 0’s on a drive seem to some extent out of one’s control.

As we store increasingly personal and valuable information on our machines, the priority we give to computer maintenance, security and backup procedures should rise. Passwords, firewalls, anti-virus programs, anti-spy ware programs, backup utilities and so on may appear pointless to some, but sadly their importance is usually realised only when something goes wrong. If we value our photographs, video files, and music, lets not blindly fill our drives hoping the data will look after itself indefinitely.


January 12, 2005

Yahoo Desktop Search

Writing about web page http://labnol.blogspot.com/2005/01/yahoo-desktop-search-is-now-available.html

Amit Agarwal has as a piece on the new desktop search tool from Yahoo. I’ve been using Copernic for the past few weeks, having sampled and subsequently ditched similar offerings from Google and Microsoft. The Yahoo interface isn’t as ‘pretty’ as that of Copernic, as regards functionality, it’s fine. The ability to preview media files from within its Preview Pane is a welcome addition.

Desktop search tools are a godsend for anyone who’s managed to amass vast amounts of data on the PC. Yahoo’s offering currently gets my vote, though that may soon change given the much welcome competition in the market. (It’s also free, for those who need an extra incentive to give it a go).


December 24, 2004

Del.icio.us: Changing the way you use bookmarks

Del.icio.us is a tool that improves the way in which you handle bookmarks. Despite becoming something of an underground phenomenon, the attention it has received on the web is well deserved.

If your browsing sessions are anything like mine, a single browser tab (or window for you IE users) quickly becomes 5 or more tabs full of information/links that will no doubt spawn another 5 new tabs before long.

Traditional bookmark tools are useful for earmarking sites for later viewing, but without care, such lists can become particularly unwieldy. Even the use of folders creates problems when the category under which a link should reside is ambiguous, or the link spans a range of categories. Additionally, it’s hard to remember at a glance what information was held at a given site a few weeks down the line.

Del.icio.us solves such problems by allowing you to add tags and extended descriptions to websites you wish to read later, or archive for future reference. Multiple tags can be added for any given site. As with folders, you can browse the pages you have added under different tags as well and a search function allows you to find bookmarked pages. Being a web based service, bookmarks can be accessed whatever your location.

Not only can you manage your own links (by going to "http://del.icio.us/yourusername"), you can also view what sites others have chosen to place under your categories/tags. The public nature of the bookmarks held by Del.icio.us allows it to potentially alert users of innovative/informative sites and important news long before such things are reported on by more mainstream sources of information.

Firefox users can make use of the del.icio.us plugin for rapid bookmarking of sites.

Del.icio.us is a great tool for managing information and the active development of tools to enhance its functionality ensure it will only get better. Well worth a look.


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