March 5, 2001 6:21 PM   Subscribe - Andre Torrez of powerblogger fame, brings us yet another fun tool. Built on the "take a penny, leave a penny" principle of file sharing, filepile is most definitely addictive. You go see site. You go. You go now.
posted by thacker (29 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Wow, that is pretty neat. Mark that up there as another "Wish I had thought of it first."
posted by crawl at 6:26 PM on March 5, 2001

After checking it out for a while, methinks there needs to be a 'discuss' link next to each file, since most of those videos and pictures only left me with more questions. Of course, if I had thought of it first, I would've included that.
posted by crawl at 6:41 PM on March 5, 2001

Andre is a genius.

(And I'm not just saying that because I have another place to put mp3s now)
posted by dakotasmith at 6:47 PM on March 5, 2001

That's really cool. I love the concept.
posted by mikel at 7:18 PM on March 5, 2001

Where will my days go now that I am addicted to both filepile and MetaFilter?

Nice job, Andre.
posted by jasonshellen at 7:19 PM on March 5, 2001

Cool. I was wondering if this would also allow one to create a list of links, with a way to add those links under a stationary/lasting title category. Say for example you have the "a href etc. generating the link and placing one less link off of the list. However, the list I was thinking would be added under the category description provided by the person who submitted it. The reason for this is for all of the bookmarks I have, since I've wanted to organize those that are exported and saved under HTML files. I also have a few spread sheets started under the same idea but found that generating the HTML would be very time consuming. Maybe I'm missing something that already accomplishes this. Granted allows a user to upload bookmarks but I found little organization and some repeats of articles that I came across more than once in order to read another time. Anyone have any suggestions?
posted by brent at 7:26 PM on March 5, 2001

Fuck-fu.mpeg and are great. Too bad they will be gone after 6 more links are added. Or am I missing how this works? Is there an archive somewhere?
posted by redleaf at 7:59 PM on March 5, 2001

brent: urls and descriptions in a spreadsheet? Rearrange the columns so the URL is on the left, description on the right. Export to CSV and do a search/replace (though you'll have to do the first and last line manually). Open the CSV file in any text editor and replace [enter] with </a><a href=" and , with "> ...which will work, sure.
posted by holloway at 8:54 PM on March 5, 2001

Oops. I had to test the a href section of filepile to see what it would/wouldn't accept. Looks like it allowed anything before he pulled the plug on that corner.
posted by gluechunk at 9:03 PM on March 5, 2001

Hi, I'm Andre.

Yeah, the link posting was pretty wide open. I'm working on a better plan right now.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

(Also, self linking is encouraged.)
posted by perplexed at 9:25 PM on March 5, 2001 [2 favorites]

Hey perplexed, that is cool.
posted by ericost at 9:52 PM on March 5, 2001

as everyone else has said. This is very fun. However, as far as comments go (for individual uploads/links), it seems like the files will go too quickly for such a thing to be worth while. ??
posted by howa2396 at 10:10 PM on March 5, 2001

Awesome. :)
posted by swank6 at 10:13 PM on March 5, 2001

Wow, that is really incredible. You had better ramp that server up fast because this could become very popular very quickly. Having thousands of these peages running all over the place with various personal themes and everything would be very compelling. All sorts of permutations are possible. What a great idea! That is just great.
posted by donkeymon at 10:23 PM on March 5, 2001 seems like the files will go too quickly for such a thing to be worth while.

Filepile is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get.

Which is really the fun of it, it's not like it whizzes by in real time. You will allways have a snapshot of a few files in each category.

I still maintain my thumbs up status.

(Although the more than 30% porn content ratio is a bit excessive. Hard to regulate that I guess.)

posted by jasonshellen at 10:24 PM on March 5, 2001

I think you misunderstood me a bit there.. I'm asking if the ability to leave comments on individual files would be worthwhile (it says this feature is coming soon) since the files will only be visible for so long.

on a seperate note, how do i setup IE to let me save the mp3's to my harddrive? :) The box in the options which says "Play Sounds" is unchecked but it still goes straight to loading them.
posted by howa2396 at 10:34 PM on March 5, 2001

I, for one, am torn on the commenting issue. I love the idea of what I am getting being a mystery. However, I don't really need to see the porn and other crap that people seem to think is entertaining to put up on something like filepile.

Good job, Andre!
posted by thacker at 10:35 PM on March 5, 2001

disregard my last question... i worked it out. :)
posted by howa2396 at 10:44 PM on March 5, 2001

This is great, but I have some spectacular Word and Excel documents I need to share with the world... where will they go!?
posted by anildash at 10:51 PM on March 5, 2001

Andre, you rawk, Sir!

posted by red cell at 11:53 PM on March 5, 2001

This is really clever. Some more discussion space, or room for comments would be nice.
posted by Loudmax at 1:12 AM on March 6, 2001

This is so cool! Add my submission of thanks to the queue.
posted by youhas at 1:22 AM on March 6, 2001


When i would do a massive table export to web from Access (It will work from excel too) I just used a Mail-Merge through Word. It worked out great and all I had to do to update the html would be to run the merge again after I changed the input data (Access/Excel)

posted by stew560 at 5:18 AM on March 6, 2001

Andre, one thing that I think that you should add to each frame is a "reload this frame" button. Sure, it can be done with right-clicking, but it would just be easier.
posted by donkeymon at 6:46 AM on March 6, 2001

What about an option to enable a meta refresh so that, if you wanted, the frames would just reload themselves? Then you could just sit and watch the files pour in. Of course, you'd have to be quick on the mouse to get the file you want before it's gone...
posted by megnut at 9:22 AM on March 6, 2001

People adding descriptions for the movies when they post them would be good. The poontos one made nauseous. But I guess that's what I get for opening each one w/o looking at the title. This thing needs a suggestion box. And probably a tip jar soon with all the bandwidth it must be using. Why have everyone upload the mp3's, movies, and images to the site when they can just link to where its stored?
posted by redleaf at 12:19 PM on March 6, 2001

Because if you have them just post the URL's to the locations they're stored, along with discussion about the links, you'd have... MetaFilter!

heh heh heh
posted by anildash at 12:55 PM on March 6, 2001

Also, Andre wouldn't get a stash of kewl media files that way. ;)
posted by kindall at 2:03 PM on March 6, 2001

It wouldn't work if there were only links to where the files were stored elsewhere, because only people with online storage space could contribute, and they would have to go through the effort of putting the files up. It would introduce a chance for broken links and also would not allow the cgi direct access to the file structure.
posted by donkeymon at 2:16 PM on March 6, 2001

« Older Aimster fights back...   |   He laid it on the line. Newer »

This thread has been archived and is closed to new comments