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Servers Are For Suckers

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

One of the big differences between fileai.com and other services is that you have to keep your web browser window open for the transfer to complete. The reason for this is simple: The files aren’t uploaded to a big central server somewhere to be downloaded later. Instead, they’re transferred directly, from one computer to the other. Why do we do this? Well, there are a number of reasons:

1. Cost

Files take up disk space, and disk space costs money. Most services will let you transfer files for free, but there are limits: The files can’t be too big, and there can’t be a lot of them. If you want to upload more then it’ll cost you.

fileai.com is absolutely, 100% free, with no limits on the size or number of files you want to transfer. This is because you don’t send the files to us, you send them to each other. We’re just there to connect you guys together. After that, we’re out of the loop completely.

2. Privacy

I don’t know about you, but would you want to upload your sensitive or private files to a server somewhere simply so that someone else can download them? How do you know that they have properly secured their server against unauthorized access? Or that they’re not looking at all of the files being uploaded to them, just for kicks? When you remove your files from their server, how do you know they’re really being deleted? These are questions that are difficult to answer, so the best solution is to never have to ask them in the first place.

When you use fileai.com to transfer your files, the files are never sent to us. The file names are never sent to us. We don’t know how many there are, how big they are, or anything like that. We don’t even keep logs of which computer connected to who. Why? Because we don’t need to. All we need to do is get people connected. Once that’s done, we move on to let you go about the business of sending your files to each other.

3. Speed

To transfer a file to someone, two things have to happen: You have to send it and they have to receive it. If you first have to upload the file to a server before they can start to download it, then they’re going to have to wait up to twice as long as it would take if you just sent it to them directly using fileai.com.

With fileai.com, they start to receive data as soon as you start to send it. If you are sending an extra-large file, both of you don’t have to wait around for it to finish uploading before they can start to download it. If you are sending thousands of files, you don’t have to wait for all of the files to be uploaded before starting to download the first one. fileai.com saves you the time and frustration of a slow upload by getting things done as soon as possible.