Dear Lazyweb: Large File Transfer via Email

Dearest Lazyweb

I want an application that will easily let me send and receive large files.

For example:
A customer has a set of files they want to send me but it’s too large to email. So I do the following:

  1. I email the customer a unique link to my web site
  2. The customer uploads their large files using the link
  3. The website informs me about the upload so I can download it

Similarly, I want to give files to customers by uploading it to the service and giving the customer a web link.

I’ve found a ton of these services out there. Some look shady, some look silly expensive. But it should be open source. It’s just so very simple.

4 Comments

  1. erik says:

    look into drop.io … not sure if it does everything you need, but it might.

  2. Brian says:

    Drop.io looks like a slicker version of a tool we use internally for customers.

    The execution was not difficult – I believe it took one guy a month for the initial setup, nearly eight years ago.

    But it should be open source.

    What part? The service? Or do you mean the software so you can use it on your own server?

  3. lee says:

    I was thinking that the software to be used on my own server should be open source. This is a very common issue for many businesses. The fact that I found nearly 50 closed-source for-pay solutions shows how well known the issue is and how this wheel gets reinvented over and over.

    Is it possible that your company might make their solution open source to get a little publicity?

  4. Brian Dunbar says:

    Is it possible that your company might make their solution open source to get a little publicity?

    Maybe? I will find the current owner and ask. I would not hold my breath.

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