Saturday, December 02, 2006

Going High Speed - YEAH!

For years I've survived (coped) with the world's slowest dial-up internet connection. It's not easy running a stock photo business on a dial-up connection. Emailing/FTPing photos is like trying to stuff a watermelon through a garden hose. Most of the time I end up having to drive into town, and poach a wireless connection with my laptop.

But heh, this is my tradeoff for living in a wild area with endless inspiration and opportunity for nature photography.

Well things are looking way up. In about a week, I'm having a two-way satellite internet connection installed. At long last, I'm going high speed! YEAH!


  1. Hi Ethan,

    Great to hear you're getting some speed for your connection. I'd be interested to hear how well it works.

    When you get it set up, you might want to consider getting Pando. It's a file sending client that works over your high speed connection and can work in a variety of email clients such as Outlook, Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo or Thunderbird. Check it out at

    The free service allows you to send up to 1 GB, yes. that's 1 Gigabyte of information. Images, videos, whatever you want. And once it's installed on your system, all you need to do is right click on any file in your folder structure, and hit "Send with Pando". The client will open, put in the recipient's email address, and hit send.

    Pando works quietly in the background to send your stuff. In your email app, you can use it to send files larger than say, 2 MB. Pando will attach a little file to the email so the message gets through right away, then when the recipient opens the email, they just double click the attachment. If they don't have Pando installed, there will be a prompt to go get it. Once you have it installed, it will download the file for you.

    It works like a peer to peer file sharing system but is strictly computer to computer. Not on a network. If two people send you the same file, it will gather bits from both senders, making it faster. This looks like one sweet deal. I can't wait to try it out.


  2. Welcome to 1999 Ethan, You're gonna love it!

  3. Greg, thanks for the tip about Pando... I'll certainly check it out! Only thing I don't like about the sounds of it is that the recipient has to install the software too. People are weary about installing stuff!

    Craig, when the HS system gets installed, I'm going to party like it's 1999 !

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