Large file upload service? In real life?
May 18, 2012 12:29 AM   Subscribe

We are traveling and have very slow Internet service. My BF is a photo retoucher and has about 100 large file images he needs to send to the client by tomorrow. It will take a week to send with our sketchy Internet connection. Is there a real life service that would do this for us (in the U.S. Not all images SFW)? Does Kinkos or some other place have a service for this? Any othe ideas? Thank you!
posted by Vaike to Computers & Internet (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Have you tried looking for a local Internet cafe and testing their upload speed?

If your budget allows, you could FedEx a USB thumb drive to the client overnight.
posted by ceribus peribus at 12:38 AM on May 18, 2012 [4 favorites]

Where are you located right now?
posted by lampshade at 1:13 AM on May 18, 2012 [2 favorites]

Kinkos usually has computers you can pay to use or you can use a computer at a library for free. You just need a USB thumbdrive.
posted by littlesq at 2:32 AM on May 18, 2012 [1 favorite]

Focus on getting to a place with a good internet connection, then use a service like yousendit. If you have a lot of files, their free service may not work for you unless you sent one at a time, but you can get an upgraded version and send your images all at once. Good luck.
posted by i_wear_boots at 2:59 AM on May 18, 2012

I agree with i_wear_boots, but would put all of the photos into a zip file, and would use DropBox and send the client a link to the single file. The recipient does not have to be a registered DropBox user to access and download the file. A have a couple of very computer-illiterate clients who have no problem receiving files this way, but have struggled with YouSendIt in the past.
posted by imjustsaying at 3:29 AM on May 18, 2012

Kinko's, other copy shops, and libraries, all have internet service available. Pay by the hour or free, depending. Dropbox pretty much works.

Worst case scenario: buy a USB thumb drive, FedEx the files overnight.
posted by pmb at 4:50 AM on May 18, 2012 [3 favorites]

I don't know why people are recommending DropBox or a similar locker service, you still have to upload the photos to the locker. If you can do this, you could send the files yourself.

I would buy a cheap USB drive, stick the photos on it and FedEx it.
posted by InsanePenguin at 5:05 AM on May 18, 2012

How much data does he have to send? Time allowing, I would send both a USB drive and burned DVDs.
posted by donpardo at 5:19 AM on May 18, 2012

Staples has computers with high speed internet that you can rent. They allow you to connect an external drive to the computer when you rent it.
posted by Flood at 8:10 AM on May 18, 2012

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