[Athen] Electronic file transfer sites

Pratik Patel pratikp1 at gmail.com
Mon Aug 10 15:02:08 PDT 2009

Hello Joshua,

I would also recommend looking at Dropbox
(https://www.getdropbox.com/referrals/NTE1ODE0MTA5) which provides a very
nice online interface as well as a piece of software that you can use to
drag and drop files. The free account provides 2 GB and more could be
purchased or you can also get some more space by referrals. Both parties
get extra 250 MB (upto three GB) when you have a successful referral.

Hope this helps.



From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
Behalf Of Joshua Hori
Sent: Monday, August 10, 2009 5:51 PM
To: Alternate Media; 'athen at athenpro.org'
Subject: [Athen] Electronic file transfer sites

Hello Everyone!

With Fall courses right around the corner and FTP servers no longer allowed
on my campus.I'm constantly looking for new ways to transfer files online
and I recently stumbled on this article, which is pretty helpful since it
lists strengths and weakness of multiple file transferring sites as well as
provides links to each.

I haven't tested accessibility on all of these sites but I do know that
zshare, which has a 1 Gig limit for registered users and a 2 Gig limit for
premium users, can be really hard to sign up on since the captcha doesn't
have a "listen to" option, although the rest of the forms that you fill in
are accessible. (Tested using JAWS)

Here is the link for the article:

Also, for those of you that are hesitant about using these sites due to the
complicated button labyrinth that confirms you are not a robot, there is a
nice firefox add-on that will automatically bypass all of the wait times and
button presses called skipscreen. Skipscreen doesn't work for all sites, but
there is a list of sites here: (plus you can download the add-on)


The great thing about online transfers is:

. Student doesn't have to come in to pick up CD/DVD/USB with
electronic text on it.

. You can be notified when file was downloaded by student.

. You can control the amount of times that an electronic file can be

. The file is available to student even after work hours.

Of course, there is a flip side to the coin:

. Are the students computer knowledgeable? (it helps!)

o Sometimes training and/or a walkthrough is needed. In some cases, I'll
make a tutorial for students to use.

. What kind of internet connection is the student using?

o I have found one or 2 students still on dial-up, so I burn a CD/DVD for
the student instead. I have also advised students to download e-Text files
while on campus to receive fast download times.

. Service interruptions, or incomplete downloads.

. Users not using Firefox.

o Some of these sites can become difficult, irritating and time consuming
to use without the skipscreen feature.

. Some sites do not have a "private file" option, meaning that it's
available to the public at large.

I hope this is helpful to someone!


Joshua Hori

Assistive Technology

Student Disability Center

University of California, Davis

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