After I posted that, Yaron and Ramit from Pando emailed me hoping to get it working for me. It's not often that company founders email you about weblog posts. They didn't have an immediate fix, but after a few weeks, they asked me to try again. Sure enough, it got working and I was able to send files around. I'm talking big files that usually bork email. Zipping up half a dozens full res photos of the kids can run upwards of 10 to 15 megabytes. Pando handles up to 1 GIGAbyte payloads.
From what I can tell, when you send a file via Pando, you are uploading it into their distributed content delivery system (a bunch of servers all over the internet). The recipient gets and email telling them they have a Pando delivery. Once they install the small client it begins a quick download of the file. I think they are using a bitorrent method to download rapidly. I don't think they are storing anyone else's content on my computer.
I'm not sure how Pando intends to make money. Ads maybe, or a tiered service with a free entry level? Who knows, with Bubble 2.0, it might always be free.
In any case, Pando appears to be working well now and is quite useful. Give it a try and send me some cool stuff.Posted by michael at May 22, 2006 08:45 PM