Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Pando bills itself as a way to send unlimited e-mail attachments, but it is really a new type of P2P service where you share files with other people via e-mail. It's like how Bittorent works except you e-mail someone a .torrent file instead of posting it online ("push" not "pull").
You compose a message and attach files and press Send. The files get uploaded to Pando supernodes, and your e-mail gets sent along with a .pando attachment. The recipient clicks on the .pando attachment to download from Pando's servers, but first he or she needs to download the Pando software. The beta is limited to 1GB "attachments", but they promise unlimited sizes in the future. The interface is very intuitive and easy to use, but Pando's business model is a little uncertain.
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