Beta testers wanted | May 17th - 10:28pm | Posted by: Jonathan
The new File Mojo Uploader software is nearly ready for beta launch. We're looking for some wider test usage before we do a general public beta release. Anyone interested
in participating can email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. The test version is time limited (it will cease to function after a few months) and places a 2 gigabyte per month upload ceiling.
The initial version of the Uploader runs on Windows98, Windows ME, and Windows XP. We'll have fully functional versions available for Windows Vista and Linux in coming months with plans for a Mac version this year.
For those interested in helping us test, all we really need to know is what your setup is like (what operating system, how fast is your broadband connection); and all we ask for in return is feedback.
What can the Uploader do? It connects to our My Mojo folder system (it requires that you sign up for a free account) and makes it extremely easy to upload and manage large numbers of files. Not only can you upload files, but you're able to browse
files currently stored in your folders from within the Uploader.
- Upload tons of files with easy drag & drop functionality.
- Browse the files you've already uploaded to your folders.
- As with File Mojo in general, you can upload any file type up to 230+ mb in size. Upload one file or one thousand files, your call.
- Manage your files using the Uploader: copy & paste files from one folder to another; delete files from your folders using the Uploader; get share links for files from within the Uploader to
easily send to friends on IM, chat, email, MySpace or message boards etc.
- Visually track the progress on batch uploads, individual files, and your monthly upload usage.
- Other useful features such as the ability to set the uploader to stay on-top, making it easier to drag & drop files from your desktop; comprehensive logging (which you can turn off and clear optionally) makes it easy to
review your own use.
- Coming soon: the ability to fully control folders from within the Uploader; scheduled / automated backup of files from your desktop to File Mojo.
The Uploader itself is completely free and the My Mojo folder system will always remain a free service. We will be offering paid monthly accounts for higher usage accounts. The
free account has all the functionality of a paid account. The free version of the Uploader will enable you to upload 2 gigabytes per month
(emphasis on per month, as our competitors usually charge quite a bit for their services and often give you only 2gb of storage in total, we give you 24gb per year for free!). It's worth noting again that you can upload as many
files as you like to our folders via the web interface at absolutely no cost, and that will always be the case. File Mojo will always be available as a free service just as it is today.
Everything you love about File Mojo will remain the same. No ridiculous wait times on downloads, no segregating of our users based on functionality (we regard all File Mojo users as premium users), no fees just to download in a reasonable fashion, no advertisements to wade through to download your files. And we're only going to get better.
Questions and feedback welcome.
Update | March 17th - 1:35pm | Posted by: Jonathan
The My Mojo section of our site is now available for public sign up. Currently it includes folders and share groups as sub
features. And of course it's all free, so what are you waiting for, go give it a spin. Keep in mind that it is effectively
in public beta stage; it's not quite perfected, but it's getting there.
Update | March 8th - 1:02pm | Posted by: Jonathan
It has been a while since I've updated here. In the time since the last update...
- We've rebranded as File Mojo, a significant improvement from a marketability standpoint over our prior name.
- Our infrastructure has been upgraded and expanded.
- The folders + share groups are literally just about ready for a public launch. They have been delayed longer than expected, but are finally set to go. This feature set is very important to
our future plans, so it is key to get them right.
- Our software uploader is coming to fruition. Expect a public beta for that in March. It has a small footprint, is fast and easy to use. Wouldn't have it any other way; no bulky, slow software here.
- Two features we've been working on that combine with the folders + share groups, but may or may not launch with them. One, our comment system, for both file comments and share group comments; active getting this up and running. Two,
our file inbox feature. If it's not available at launch, it will follow within a week or two. Your file inbox will enable you to send and receive files, via your folders, from any other File Mojo user (or optionally anyone period).
We will be tying in a full blown communication system into File Mojo, that will link up both these features, with a contact list. In a networked world, files are highly social, our goal is to further that.
- In the early stages of a new Mojo project, simply nicknamed MojoDex. A global repository for files. Our goal is afterall, to organize, store and extend the value of the world's files. Emphasis on each of those parts. More on MojoDex in a week or two.
What's Next - the features | September 7 - 8:02am | Posted by: Jonathan
If you consider the existing File Mojo to be version 1.0, then we're already taking steps to build version 2.0 - which
will be a large step closer to completing what I refer to as a true Internet based file system. We know where we want to be, and
how to get there, now it's just a matter of completing the next pieces. In-between version 1 and version 2 of our service, we'll
be deploying numerous new features.
To start with we'll be releasing our My Mojo service in perhaps ten days. This will serve as a singular account
that will encompass multiple features now and in the future; it will be a completely free service.
At launch My Mojo will enable at least three new features: Folders, Share Groups and Total History.
Folders will make it easy to store, organize, sort, share and search larger numbers of files, conveniently stored in
folders that you can name as you see fit. With the ability to switch between list, thumbnail and description views,
quickly browsing through your files becomes a far more simple task. With file actions, you can add, move, delete and
search files with just a click of your mouse; the whole idea is: speed + ease of use + organization = My Mojo Folders.
Then there are numerous aspects that just make your life easier - like file previews by just mousing over a file name.
Share Groups tie into our folder system and are our approach to sharing folders. Rather than set confusing and elaborate individual
folder privacy & security settings, share groups make it possible to share multiple folders by using one group setting. In fact
you can share one folder to as many different groups as you like, with each share group having different security settings if you prefer, all
done with an easy to use approach where you simply add folders you want to share to a specific group with one click.
For example. Let's say you have a photos folder and a music folder. You could then create a share group called "Friends" - and drop both
photos and music into that share group, and effectively with one click share both folders with your friends. Simple, for both you and those you share with.
You'll be able to set three levels of privacy on your share groups: private with a password (this will require those you share with to enter the password you
set for the share group); private without a password (this share group is private, no password is required, but it's not publicized by File Mojo); and public (this
type of share group can be viewed by anyone, and is publicized by File Mojo, it requires no password to view the folders it contains).
Other settings in share groups will enable, if you so choose, people you share your share groups with to add their own files to the folders contained in your
share group. This basically creates a community focused approach to sharing files with eachother from within the groups. Your friends can be allowed to
add files to the groups you share with them, so you get multiple people contributing to a share group. This has many uses across numerous categories and professions;
imagine dozens of accountants all sharing public tax form documents with eachother and their clients, from a public Tax Forms share group. Imagine animal lovers
creating share groups focused on, say, different types of pets and their photos; or mothers creating share groups around child care; or collectors
sharing photos and information on their antiques; or home owners sharing photos of a house they have for sale; or car dealers sharing photos of their entire car lot. The possibilities are truly endless.
The total history feature will make it possible for our My Mojo users to track their upload history (and soon, their download
history as well). Currently we already make it possible for any user of File Mojo to follow their upload history using the
My History feature. Total history is essentially a more elaborate, larger scale version of My History for My Mojo users. Just like with the My History
feature, users can clear their total history easily with one click. Our history features are also going to tie into how you can add files to your folders. You're
going to be able to 'merge' your upload or download histories into your folders, making it possibly to very quickly add larger numbers of your files into your folders with
just a click.
That's all for now, we'll have more feature updates soon.
What's Next - the roadmap | September 7, 2006 - 7:12am | Posted by: Jonathan
It's going to be a very interesting year, not to mention five years, for the Internet. We hope to participate in the
sweeping changes that are rolling through the Web.
First, Verizon's move to unleash massive amounts of bandwidth with its fiber to the home service, FiOS, is by itself
going to dramatically remake the Internet landscape when it comes to online services, applications, software, storage, etc.
and it's going to push other competitive access methods (cable, wifi / wireless, dsl, etc.) to play catch-up. I give
Verizon big props for having the balls to make the investment they are in fiber to the home, it's the biggest thing
happening to the net right now. It will accelerate the shift from the desktop to the web, and benefit File Mojo's
users tremendously. It's the difference between downloading a 1GB file in an hour or more, versus 10 minutes or less, at a
minimal cost increase.
America still represents the largest Internet market in the world in pretty much every sense, so an increase in America's
bandwidth from perhaps an average of 1mbps to 2mbps today, to 10mbps or 20mbps over the next couple of years is going to
amplify the benefits derived from the Internet significantly. YouTube, Flickr and MySpace have of course made headlines
over the last 18 months, but what they've done (in regards to multimedia, social networking, etc.) is nothing compared to what will
occur when you shift home users from having 2mbps of bandwidth to over 10 or 15 mbps; at those levels, real full blown graphical
user interfaces become not only possible, but desirable - again, say goodbye to Windows (as the desktop operating system matters less, in my opinion
Apple Computer stands to benefit the most from a change in browsing devices). And while America is a huge market, the
bigger story is China, India and other similar markets coming online rapidly of course. It adds a really massive pool of
innovation to the net. I forget the exact number, but I believe China has something like 3 million World of Warcraft players; that's amazing.
This isn't the place to debate Microsoft's business tactics, but I do believe their approach to business and software
combined with the byzantine telecommunication laws in the U.S. delayed the shift from the PC to the web by a good five
years or more. Microsoft's ability to stop the wave is of course over, as all but admitted in the memo Bill Gates issued to
Microsoft's employees warning of the web service 'tidal wave' - he has no idea. Google permanently cracked the
Windows + Office moat, and the water is slowing draining out toward the Web (to put it another way, Humpty Dumpty will not
be put back together again). Microsoft has been working on a new file system (WinFS) for their updated products, for seemingly, well,
many years. They effectively got the point right: the need for a new file system, but they got the location wrong, they're
putting it on the wrong end of the network. The next generation file system will be most effective as a Web-based layer.
I'm not talking individual applications, I'm talking a comprehensive file management engine, capable of storing, searching
and organizing trillions of files (literally). Google currently indexes perhaps some 10 billion web pages - there are,
in conservative estimation, some 10,000 times as many individual files as there are web pages (a billion computers & devices of all
sorts with 25,000 to 50,000 files per machine). It's staggering to say the least. The next generation IP system is also
being rolled out just in time for this shift, which will enable every type of device imaginable to be connected to the
net with little to no additional cost.
What does it all mean? The demand for and the ability to store, organize, search and share files in a global network is
increasing daily. In the future, if you want to know who will have the most productive economy, show me who is using
the most effecient file management systems and to what extent (in my take on things, I categorize something like Windows, as
little more than a file management system). Files in a broad sweep are: information, content, entertainment,
wealth, productivity, communication, among other things. What could be more important than managing it all effectively?
I'm betting that in ten years, when common broadband is another 40 to 60 times faster than average connections are today,
that the notion of the PC and desktop as we know them today will be a very foreign concept. It's, finally, the arrival
of the first major consumer computing shift in nearly a quarter of a century.
Alive | August 29, 2006 - 6:39am | Posted by: Jonathan
We're now live.