A little less than a month back Skype started a new online campaign with “The Impossible Family Portrait”. The YouTube video tells the story of Denis, a Uganda war refugee that now lives in Pennsylvania, separated from his family. As part of the Skype Stay Together integrated campaign, this touching video shows just how powerful technology can be when impacting the daily lives of individuals. As part of the campaign, Skype is asking people to send in their own stories about how they use Skype to stay in touch. Since the site launched, hundreds of people have submitted their stories, and the YouTube video has grabbed more than 400,000 views in less than 30 days.
For sometime now I have used services like Dropbox, and MailBigFile to transfer large files to clients via the internet. In many ways they have been less flaky than FTP services, and the fact that they are cloud based meant backups, and archiving was built-in. My only problem with them was you were limited on storage amounts unless you upgraded to the pay plans which could get pricey, and at times the services were a bit slow.
There is a new player on the block that uses a peer-to-peer model allowing you to send files directly from your computer to another. Your only limitation is the upload speed.
Sendoid uses basic P2P technology, which means you and your recipient’s computers are connected directly without any kind of server in between. Simply select the file to be sent, get the download link instantly, send to your colleague or friend and let the downloading begin. You have an option to set password encryption, so your system and theirs are protected. Think of this like sending files via IM or Skype, but with no file size limit if you use the desktop based AIR application. For me, this is a huge gain, because video files by their very nature are extremely large.
Oh and it’s Free. Free is good. Very good.