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izimi, a little piece of software that turns your Windows PC into a media server, launches today. Anne has a writeup at Web Worker Daily. The hassles of leaving your computer on all the time and cutting into your home bandwidth probably make outside hosting a […]

izimi, a little piece of software that turns your Windows PC into a media server, launches today. Anne has a writeup at Web Worker Daily. The hassles of leaving your computer on all the time and cutting into your home bandwidth probably make outside hosting a more appealing option, but this is an idea that could have currency in, say, five years.

The cool thing is, if you’re willing to keep your computer on and sacrifice your bandwidth, anyone and everyone can see your files through a browser. Basically, izimi figures out wherever your computer is at the moment, and redirects a URL that appears to be hosted on izimi.com to your computer.

Leicester, UK-based izimi is trying to play off the user-generated hype by calling itself a personal YouTube for anything, or a file-hosting site where you do the hosting yourself. I tend to think the product could have more currency as an non-technical alternative to FTP, personal peer-to-peer, or setting up a static IP address to host your own website.

  1. Betting on that people will keep their home PC ON all the time is not a safe assumption. Any social network based on this suffer from unreachable URL error message all the time.

    Other company, which is also going to launch similar kind of software is Dekoh.

    http://www.techcrunch.com/2007/02/23/dekoh-delivering-a-web-desktop-platform-for-applications/

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  2. I don’t know which port it uses, It may not work with XP home edition.
    The business loses one important principle of web 2.0 – “Data is Intel inside!”
    Serving files from PC may be slow, especially video streaming.
    If small setting is wrong means, someone could easily break the whole system, Users are not Administrator
    Already we can easily set up PC as a web server – http://lifehacker.com/software/downloads/geek-to-live–how-to-set-up-a-personal-home-web-server-124212.php

    To me, this is not new and should be used carefully.
    kind rgrds
    saran

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  3. While Im not sure how well this type of service will fare as most users might not like izimi eating into their resources all the time. However its good to see that companies are switching it up and trying new things.

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  4. You’re right Saket, Dekoh does look similar…though there is a lot of gobbledygook to work through. Saran, setting up an Apache server is pretty darn geeky, even if Gina Trapani can describe it in four steps.

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  5. I would really hate to be nabbed by the **AA because I’ve got 1.5 TB of media to share.

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  6. Not really impressive. A bit of general know-how concerning DYNDNS, domain forwarding, and a server software like XAMPP will accomplish the same goal. Running a server out of the home is not something a casual user should embark on and the technically inclined would find this solution lacking. Not sure I see the demographic fit.

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  7. This will be neat once everyone’s on a fiberoptic connection spewing 100Mo/second both ways! I have friends in Sweden that have such a fast connection, it’s UNBELIEVABLE! GigaTribe is similar, though, as your computer acts as a server, letting friends access your shared files (movies, pictures, albums, etc…) and an article I read said the same about them, that you’ll be able to stream media through a browser soon. ( http://www.gigatribe.com )

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  8. This is one of the lamest to bad ideas I have heard of, because:
    1- No one is going to download another software just to see someone elses desktop,
    2- Techie people will have many other ways to share what is on their PC,
    3- Bandwidth limitation,
    4- Non-techies will find expose themselves to all sort of problems.

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  9. Tamago has been doing this for a while; plus they pay you when your computer is used to deliver media to somebody else.

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  10. Liz – this “sacrifice your bandwidth” thing really isn’t an issue. I’ve got loads of files available on izimi of all sizes and types and from the stats given for each file, I can see that my stuff has been accessed quite a lot, yet I have noticed no degradation in performance at all. Most people use just a fraction of their upstream speed leaving plenty of capacity for izimi to work effectively. izimi doesn’t impact publishers’ downstream speed leaving you free to surf the internet as you normally would.

    Here are a few links to stuff on izimi for those interested:

    My profile: http://john.izimi.com
    The moon: http://chris.izimi.com/787.izimi
    A different kind of moon: http://JiM.izimi.com/1621.izimi
    An angry smiley: http://JiM.izimi.com/1624.izimi
    Bryce Canyon, Utah: http://JiM.izimi.com/487.izimi
    Me drumming on my desk (audio): http://john.izimi.com/1579.izimi

    Regards, John Wood, http://www.izimi.com

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