It's refreshing to see F*EX on the front page on HN (usually dominated by third-party web services). This is something that you can self-host with no strings attached!
FEX is great to cross organizational boundaries (that is, whenever ssh isn't an option). It's actively developed too.
For non technical users we're also having DL, self-hosted as well. It includes a thunderbird extension that cut our usage of attachments to zero.
I usually send files to friends by hosting a local web server (python -m SimpleHTTPServer) then forwarding the port via ngrok (ngrok 8000 http)
I understand why this isn't a widespread solution, but it works great, and use it to share big files with non-technical folks (just give them the ngrok link).
Since the site is down, this is the summary from the Google cache:
F*EX (Frams' Fast File EXchange) is a service to send
big (large, huge, giant, ...) files from a user A
to a user B.
The sender uploads the file to the F*EX server
using a WWW upload form and the recipient
automatically gets a notification e-mail with
Those look cool, but how are those sites any different from creating a torrent of the files you want to share yourself, and then sending your recipient the magnet link?
For instant.io, I don't think there really is a difference, other than that I can get people who don't know what a torrent is to download the file. And file.pizza doesn't use WebTorrent at all, it's just a plain P2P transfer over WebRTC.
For sending large files over the internet P2P, I've found things like instant.io and file.pizza to be immensely useful
Proxy behind a web server and you can use whatever protocol you want. Doesn't really make sense to reimplement that kind of stuff in every app.
Just put it behind e.g. nginx
Feature request: https
hug of death
Thanks, we've updated the link from http://fex.rus.uni-stuttgart.de/.
Looks identical to me, except that the header is centered.
The archived version says it's the new url: https://web.archive.org/web/20170603213157/http://fex.rus.un...
I work at BelWü and can confirm we're hosting the current version.
This seems to be an outdated url – the correct url is http://fex.belwue.de/index.html