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A Quick Update on TransferBigFiles.com

About a year and half ago, Dan and I had a crazy idea to see if we can build a complete, fully functioning web site to send large files of up to 1GB to someone (files that email programs typically reject) in just a weekend.  After just 20 hours of development, on Sunday, June 5th, 2005, TransferBigFiles.com was born.  We documented the making of TransferBigFiles.com if anyone is interested.

TransferBigFiles.com (TBF) allows visitors, without registeration of any kind, to freely send a file from their machine to anyone on the Internet using the TBF servers as a proxy.  You can even password protect the files to enhance privacy.  It's super easy and works like a charm.  Here are some cool statistics about TransferBigFiles.com:

  • 284,347 - Total number of files sent through TBF
  • 729,149 - Times the above files were downloaded
  • 15,725 GB - The cumulative file size of the files sent
  • 72,618 GB - The bandwidth used to transfer these files
  • $18,000 - The approximate cost of the bandwidth usage (paid for by Axosoft)
  • 5,000 - The approximate number of files that go through TBF in a typical day

But what's really amazing about the project is that in more than a year and half of flawless operations, we've hardly touched the site since the initial weekend.  Old files are automatically cleaned up, emails automatically sent and statistics automatically updated without any maintenance work required by a human.  In fact, the statistics above would have been significantly higher if we hadn't throttled the bandwidth to save on costs, since it had no way to recoup its bandwidth expenses. 

In the last week, we've added unobtrusive Google Adwords to the download page and increased the bandwidth limit allowing the site to recoup some of the bandwidth costs.  The result is an awesome transfer rate.  I can now obtain 1MB/sec downloads from TBF.com!

Published Tuesday, December 05, 2006 8:14 AM by Hamid
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Anonymous said:

Thank you for a wonderful service! But for a visiting musician friend with a Mac OCX and Safari we only got a 'no file selected' message when trying. Finally I uploaded the same MP3 files from my XP machine without problem.

Do you know where his problem lies?

Bengt


Originally posted by:
Bengt
December 9, 2006 2:45 AM
 

Hamid said:

Unfortunately, we're not sure why the system does not work as is on the MacOS, but we haven't had the cycles to work on the issue. Sorry for the inconvenience.
December 11, 2006 6:15 AM
 

Anonymous said:

really helpfulthankyou


Originally posted by:
muks
February 8, 2007 6:44 PM
 

gudrun45 said:

okay, I guess that explains why I can't upload anything from my Mac either. The uploads starts and goes for a couple of minutes, and then suddenly the filename changes and something I don't even know is being uploaded. Very strange!

August 1, 2007 5:55 PM
 

David Higgins said:

The latest update, released about a week ago, added support for the Safari and Opera browsers -- the Safari browser however does not support the Progress Information.

August 2, 2007 9:34 AM
 

oleschri said:

When I run the dropzone executable (which i downloaded today) its tray icon stays gray and on richt-clicking it, it only brings up an error bubble saying "Network Error - Could not establish connection to Internet Service, please check your network connection". I scanned the TBFDropZone.exe.config which has "http://staging.transferbigfiles.com/..." in both URLs. I tried to change the URLs to "http://www.transferbigfiles.com/..." but it didn't help. Any ideas?

Thanks.

August 30, 2007 3:17 AM
 

A Naylor said:

I've been using TBF for a couple of months and think it's great.  I downloaded DropZone and used it for the first time last week.  Once the files had uploaded (100% and green) the pop up status box remained the same. I didn't know what to do next.   I assume they've been uploaded and the messages sent successfully to the recipients, but the only way to be sure is to email colleagues for confirmation. Some guidelines or instructions would be useful.

October 22, 2007 3:23 AM
 

James Miller said:

I have the same problem:  When I run the dropzone executable (which i downloaded today) its tray icon stays gray and on richt-clicking it, it only brings up an error bubble saying "Network Error - Could not establish connection to Internet Service, please check your network connection".

November 5, 2007 8:32 PM
 

bubba said:

"flawless" my ass, this dropzone is buggy as hell.  Just once I'd like a transfer to finish on its own.  Please?

November 23, 2007 5:22 PM
 

Angie said:

Why do the files expire after 10 days, if in the FAQ section they last it says up to 30days? I do not receive a download notification anymore, even though I check the box. A larger file hardly ever gets through, this dropzone sucks. You're talented people, fix your wonderful service.

January 9, 2008 1:05 AM
 

Casey said:

I have tried and tried to send a file! It says "Upload successful" But the files never arrive! I have sent them to myself to make sure they are going out. ALAS! They never get sent. So after waiting over a half an hour 12 times. The file still never sends after saying it has or it fails. I have had two successful sends out of14. Please advise...

February 16, 2008 5:50 PM
 

new user said:

What does the "Toggle Public/Private Status" setting do?

(The tray tool seems to set it to private, by default.)

May 18, 2008 9:16 PM
 

Name required said:

I'm using this "dropzone" thing, and have been trying to upload a 350 meg file for over twelve hours now.  It stops without indicating it has stopped - one can only tell by looking at the percentage, and looking again later and seeing if the numbers change.  Pausing and unpausing seems to kickstart it, but then it stops again.

Is this thing just broken and no longer maintained or something?

Can anyone recommend an alternative?

May 29, 2008 2:44 PM
 

jp said:

wtf i drag *** were it says drop files here and nothing happens i get a stupid circle with a line through it amazing

June 7, 2008 9:10 PM
 

Stuart said:

I've tried to upload a 240MB files twice. But it always shows an error at 99% uploading. It's really annoying to have the failure when the uploading is almost done:(

June 26, 2008 5:47 AM
 

Simon said:

The drop thing does not work for me. I can drop what I want (using Vista) however no reaction of the software.

August 6, 2008 3:42 AM
 

wildguess said:

I am using Vista and this DropZone thingy just does not work at all.  Cannot even drop files in the box, like others above mentioned.   Please fix this or make a disclaimer.   Otherwise the IE interface works fine most of the time.  Thank you.

August 26, 2008 2:37 PM
 

Luis Cunha said:

Wonderful!

Thank you very much for your nice work!

I can't understand how some people can be so untankful for a free service that allows something so needed (and scarse) like this: sending 1gb files over the net for free.

I am using linux, and firefox, and it worked nicely every time...

People spoiled by "drag & drop" things should learn a bit about computers, and try to do better than you!

Many thanks, and please keep this service on... I need it!

November 3, 2008 3:02 AM
 

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