Written by The Editor
In a world of increasingly complex aplications it's nice to see someone focused on doing just one thing and doing it well, not to mention doing it for free.
FilesFrom claims to be "a simple yet powerful alternative to email for sending large files" and it lives up to it's claim - no more, no less. That's not astounding in itself because there are a few of these systems around. What's notable though, is just how easy and effective using FilesFrom is.
Delivering large files is becoming more and more difficult. For a while
it seemed that email was going to be the default package (as well as
message) delivery service until spam and spam filters knocked that one
out. Synchronous services such as chat (MSN, ICQ etc) require both
users to be online and setting up and maintaining FTP servers are just
too much work.
FilesFrom allows a user to send 100Mb per month. That means 10Mb to 10
receivers or 100Mb to one receiver and files are removed after 7 days.
Now 100Mb a month isn't much if you're in the business of sending lot's
of data, but then FilesFrom wasn't developed for that kind of user.
It's a free service that allows everyday users to send the odd large
file without the headaches associated with cumbersome applications.
FilesFrom's low data size and small number of allowed users means that
it can't be used for spam or as a mass download server - smart thinking
for current times.
The term ASP (application service provider) seems to have morphed into
SaaS (software as a service) and along with terms such as Ajax,
provides a new understanding of next generation web-based applications.
FilesFrom is not short of these smarts and uses the best implementation
of Web 2.0 technologies to provide a beautifully unobtrusive service.
Like Google, FilesFrom is really good at doing one thing. An API is in
the works that will allow other companies to use FilesFrom in the
background without the current data and user limitations.