Hello all my fellow Netizens! I am Chad and welcome to another edition of WorldStart’s Downloads of the Week. Netizens is a term coined by Civil Netizen, an online parcel service for large files, meaning citizens of the Web or NET, thus Netizens. What Civil Netizens has to offer is a great program or Web service that allows users to send large files over the Internet with very little user modification.
Have you ever tried to send a bunch of vacation images or videos over the Web? How about even a file or a program? It can get a little challenging, to say the least, to find a good way to send large files over the Internet. Sure, there are Web services that offer subscription based file transfers and of course, you can always go the FTP route. But, in most, if not all, of these cases however, there is some sort of obstacle, causing the process to be more difficult, cumbersome and slow. Whether it is technical, the slow awkwardness of sending large attachments in e-mail or money, it seems like there is always something standing in your way.
Citizen Netizen can take all of this confusion away by creating a great looking and simple to use program that allows any user, regardless of their technical level, to transfer huge amounts of information over the Web. And the best thing about it? It’s all free! Okay, now that I sort of explained the concept to you, let’s take a look at what exactly this little fella can do and how he does it.
Let’s say you have a three gigabyte file that you want to send to your sister in San Francisco. It’s a mixed folder of images, some AVI files, along with some other general data. Your sister told you about Civil Netizen, so you decide to download it and give it a try.
The term used by Citizen Netizen to describe the file to be transferred is Parcel. When you elect to send a new Parcel, a window will open up that allows you to “pack” the Parcel with your data by using the drag and drop method.
When you are finished packing the Parcel, you need to send out “pickup slips.” These are small text messages, sent either via e-mail or through an instant messenger, to the intended recipient to let them know they have a file waiting to be picked up.
Upon reception of the pickup slip, the remote user can then link out to where the actual data is stored, using the packing slip information from the body of the e-mail.
From there, all the remote user has to do is “unpack” the Parcel to a folder locally and presto, you’re done! The file has successfully been transferred.
For those of you that are a little security conscience, Citizen Netizen sends all Parcels off in a 128-bit AES (Advanced Encryption Service) encryption, making the transmission very secure and private.
There is a Track Parcel option off of the main interface as well, which allows you to view all your Parcels, their details and even resend them if needed. It also includes a download manager that can pick up from where you left off if there was any sort of problem during the transfer. At the moment , there are not a lot of options, but Citizen Netizen is still in its beta form. It promises more features for their service in the future though.
Civil Netizen for Windows is designed to run on Windows 2000 or XP. The application will scrape by on a computer using dial-up with a minimum of 128MB of RAM and at least a Pentium III 500MHz processor. It has been done, but it wasn’t pleasant.
It’s recommended that Civil Netizen be used on a computer that is connected to the Internet via a broadband connection with at least 256MB of RAM and a 1.4GHz Pentium IV or comparable processor.
Civil Netizen for Mac OS X is designed to run on Mac OS X, version 10.2.8 or later. The application will run on a Mac with an 800 MHz PowerPC G4 processor and 128MB of RAM. It’s recommended that Civil Netizen be used on a Mac with at least 512MB of RAM and a 1.2GHz PowerPC G4 processor.
You can read more about Civil Netizen and download it here. Enjoy!
~ Chad Stelnicki