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March 24, 2009 6:18 PM   Subscribe

JetBytes is a free, no-signup, one-off file-sharing service.
posted by swift (25 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

 
Dropload.com was the best...but it's gone forever now. I'll give this a try, but I'm skeptical.
posted by PuppyCat at 6:22 PM on March 24, 2009 [2 favorites]


Sharebee?
posted by jckll at 6:39 PM on March 24, 2009


Filedropper.com?
posted by disillusioned at 6:46 PM on March 24, 2009


If I'm understanding the concept behind this correctly, this is for sharing a file with just one other person - after they download it, it disappears from the site, yes? If so, that's not a bad idea in terms of reducing the size of emails, if you're sending photos, music, video and so forth. Fortunately, my OS comes with something called Giver, which does virtually the same thing. Pretty cool idea for on-the-fly file sharing, though.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 6:51 PM on March 24, 2009 [2 favorites]


I'm a fan of senduit myself, from the makers of Tumblr.
posted by saraswati at 7:04 PM on March 24, 2009 [2 favorites]


Wow, filedropper is a shameless, ad-ridden, visual rip-off of senduit.
posted by saraswati at 7:08 PM on March 24, 2009


http://drop.io/ seems to do this but not suck.
posted by mulligan at 7:09 PM on March 24, 2009 [5 favorites]


this is for sharing a file with just one other person

Those who have never heard of FTP are doomed to repeat it.
posted by DU at 7:10 PM on March 24, 2009


Those who have never heard of FTP are doomed to repeat it.
Yeah right. Every time I want to send japanese poo-porn videos to my pals at AIGFP they're gonna load up FlashFXP to get it? I don't think so.
posted by jckll at 7:14 PM on March 24, 2009


Those who have never heard of FTP are doomed to repeat it.

I had a friend in Germany who wanted to share his music with me in this way. It was really time consuming, and as he was excitedly explaining each step along the way, I was thinking, "He could have uploaded the Zeppelin box set to Sharebee by now."
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 7:16 PM on March 24, 2009


So, how big a file can I share with this site?
posted by inigo2 at 7:25 PM on March 24, 2009


From Lifehacker:

JetBytes is a web based file-transfer service that skips the whole remote storage model and shares files directly between users.

The interface is dead simple. You go to the website and use the browse dialogue to select a file from your computer. JetBytes generates a random URL for your transaction. You then share the URL with the person you'd like to send the file to.

As long as you keep your browser open your friend can use that URL to download the file from you—once you navigate away from the JetBytes page even if the transfer is under way it will close the connection. When they load the URL they'll be given a save dialogue for the file you're transferring and from there the only limitation is the speed of your two connections. JetBytes does nothing more than route the file transfer through their web server, allowing you to share large files easily others even if one or both of you are behind restrictive firewalls.

There is no restriction on the size or type of the files. JetBytes is a free service and requires no registration or personal information.


I suppose this is a step forward from a privacy angle if it works as advertised, but there are no terms of service, no FAQs, nothing. So, basically, I'm allowing this website to punch through my firewall and the firewall of anyone I send the link to in order to supposedly transfer a single file in real time. Or, god knows what I'm allowing this website to do. I looked up the whois information, and it's some guy in Russia.

Registrant ID: AJBEPJD-RU
Registrant Name: Alexander A Piskarev
Registrant Organization: Alexander A Piskarev
Registrant Street1: YaNAO, mkr. 11-38, 4
Registrant City: Gubkinskiy
Registrant State: Tyumenskaya obl.
Registrant Postal Code: 629830
Registrant Country: RU

Administrative, Technical Contact
Contact ID: AJBEPJD-RU
Contact Name: Alexander A Piskarev
Contact Organization: Alexander A Piskarev
Contact Street1: YaNAO, mkr. 11-38, 4
Contact City: Gubkinskiy
Contact State: Tyumenskaya obl.
Contact Postal Code: 629830
Contact Country: RU
Contact Phone: +7 916 2623362
Contact E-mail: piscariov@gmail.com
posted by Muddler at 7:34 PM on March 24, 2009 [10 favorites]


Those that mention dropload (RIP), Sharebee et al are perhaps not picking up on the difference between them and Jetbytes - with Jetbytes, the file does not get uploaded to a central server. Instead it is uploaded by you when the recipient starts downloading, very much like FTP indeed. This eliminates initial upload times and filesize limits but means that you need to leave your computer connected to the net until the recipient gets round to downloading the file.

At least that would appear to be the theory. I've tried a couple of times and just receive the error message "Oops! Something happened!". Anyone else had any joy?
posted by MUD at 7:35 PM on March 24, 2009


As long as you keep your browser open your friend can use that URL to download the file from you—once you navigate away from the JetBytes page even if the transfer is under way it will close the connection.

What? So I have to keep the tab open, watching for when my friend has finished downloading this thing? I don't use Giver much but at least I can do something else while transfering files.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 7:57 PM on March 24, 2009


So what happened to dropload? I kinda forgot about it.
posted by dead cousin ted at 8:41 PM on March 24, 2009


Marisa, I suspect keeping the tab open is different from keeping the tab active or on top. You can still do other things, just open up new tabs or minimize the browser. It's not that inconvenient.
posted by Lush at 9:21 PM on March 24, 2009


> Fortunately, my OS comes with something called Giver

That's hott. Found it in the Ubuntu repos... looks like it isn't maintained, though? Perhaps some prodding is called for....
posted by tarheelcoxn at 10:16 PM on March 24, 2009


Marisa, I suspect keeping the tab open is different from keeping the tab active or on top.

Ah, right.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 11:47 PM on March 24, 2009


In other too good to be true news.
posted by fullerine at 2:16 AM on March 25, 2009


Why is this front page material, anyway? There are a million file-sharing services, not all of them shady operations located in Russia. Not getting why this is an FPP.
posted by fourcheesemac at 4:11 AM on March 25, 2009


...as he was excitedly explaining each step along the way, I was thinking, "He could have uploaded the Zeppelin box set to Sharebee by now."

Your friend must be a really, really slow talker. "ftp friends.house; cd lo/ca/tion; get filename.exe".
posted by DU at 4:23 AM on March 25, 2009


I love the anti-Russian sentiment in this thread. As though this service being hosted in the US would make it any more technicall trustworthy. Bunch of fucking xenophobes.
posted by fake at 6:12 AM on March 25, 2009


fake, you haven't paid attention to computer security issues much, have you?

Damn right a Russian host is a problem -- and I'm part Russian, and speak the language.
posted by fourcheesemac at 9:35 AM on March 25, 2009


"ftp friends.house; cd lo/ca/tion; get filename.exe".

nope, I typed this in my email.html like five times and the website's still down.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 1:52 PM on March 25, 2009


fourcheesemac, the implementation of this service is a security problem regardless of the country of origin.
posted by fake at 5:09 PM on March 25, 2009


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