Size no longer matters much

Saturday, 25 November 2006 - 6:04pm IST
With digital technology upgrading faster than the blink of an eye, it’s disappointing that sending emails with heavy attachments is still a Herculean task.

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With digital technology upgrading faster than the blink of an eye, it’s disappointing that sending emails with heavy attachments is still a Herculean task. Even GMail draws the line at 10MB attachments. So we compress and zip and pray to the Internet gods that the attachments will load.

 

The net-savvy upload videos and other files on sites like YouTube. The desperate use file-transfer protocol (FTP) to exchange data (through FTP sites, you can download or upload a file to the server). But using these options just because your email can’t take the load is like flying to Australia via Tanzania because the direct flight doesn’t have space for your luggage.

 

Enter Pando, a free software that lets you send huge attachments — up to 1GB — without the agony of waiting and praying that the mail doesn’t clog the recipient’s inbox.

 

Say you want to send a bunch of photographs and a video clip of your Goa holiday to mom, who just about knows how to operate her Hotmail account. Download the Pando software, select the files, enter mom’s mailing id and hit ‘send’. A copy of the files gets uploaded to Pando’s servers where they are stored for 14 days.

 

Mom gets your mail which will be about 10K-20K in size instead of a whopping 90MB. It contains a ‘.pando’ file that mom has to click on. The files will automatically get downloaded.

 

You can send mails to multiple recipients — so go ahead and mark a cc to dad, long-lost relatives and in-laws, but users should download the Pando software first.

 

Another popular service is YouSendIt. From its site, you can attach files (up to 1GB) and send them to multiple recipients. Your files will be stored on the server for seven days. A mail is sent to the recipient(s) with a link to access your files.

 

Both Pando and YouSendit will let you mail movies, videoes, music, practically anything, except your neighbour’s dog, with as much ease as possible. If the internet connection is slow and your files heavy, it might take a while but your files will go.




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