Small Start-Up Releases Free File Sharing Service

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ByteRocket, a small start-up firm located in Dayton, Ohio, has just released a new file sharing service, call MyOtherDrive. This permits users to share any media type, pictures, movies, music. Anyone can create a new account an immediately have 2GB of storage space available.

ByteRocket, a small start-up firm located in Dayton, Ohio, has released a new file sharing Internet service, call MyOtherDrive. The website name is myotherdrive.com. The site is currently in beta.

Anyone with Internet access can create an account on the site and get 2GB of free storage space. The site handles photographs especially well, making it a real competitor with Snapfish, OFoto, AOL, and the others.

In addition to competing with the photo sharing sites, it indirectly competes with file sharing sites such as Kazaa and eDonkey. There is one important difference between myotherdrive and these "public" file sharing sites - myotherdrive.com users can share their files only with others they identify.

This site is great for sharing photos and movies from your digital camera with family and friends. It is also useful for sharing work files with fellow business associates. Because it is available on the Internet, and protected by username/password, business users can use the service to "park" large files so that they can move them from one computer to another when there is no direct connection between the computers.

The site runs as a Java applet that looks similar to the Microsoft Windows(r) Explorer(r) or ACDSee, permitting the user to create a folder "hierarchy" on the left side of the screen, and files on the right. File types that are recognized such as images, display as thumbnails. Any file type can be stored on myotherdrive.

The site includes a user manager utility that allows you to permit users to access subsets of your directories. Useful for limiting family to family related photos, and friends to friend related content.

In a nutshell, the site is essentially a free 2GB harddrive with a Explorer(r)-style interface, making the storage available anywhere Internet access is available.

This is ByteRocket's first public site. The company has plans to release other useful "personal" sites similar to myotherdrive.com over the coming year. Check it out - myotherdrive.com.

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