Well, technology sure made lots of things fast paced. File sharing is also one of the concepts that technology improved a lot. This is not limited to file sharing as most of us would know (Torrents, P2P) but file sharing in general.
Years ago, I still remember when we had school projects and we need to copy our small documents (Word Star, Lotus 1-2-3 and Word Perfect documents) to those 5 ¼ Floppy disks so that we can share it to our classmates. You’d have to physically put those files on those disks so you could transfer them. It was working fine at that time. Just the mere fact that we can transfer files using discs is simply amazing.
But how are we doing now when it comes to file sharing? Well, you can still copy small documents on floppy disks although it’s now the 3 ½ floppy disks and the old 5 ¼ disks are obsolete (not sure though is there’s a handful who still use them). Simple projects and documents may not even reach 1MB so that would be fine. A lot of computers, well majority probably, still support floppy disks and they still have specific purposes like to flash BIOS, system recovery, etc.
Let’s go back to file sharing. With technology, there is now multiple ways of transferring files aside from disks. The top on the list is probably the internet. You can access the file anytime and anywhere. As long as its link is still active for public on a live web page, anyone can download that file. You can also send files through email, chat programs, ftp and lots more.
In relation to that, computers on a local area network can take advantage of the high speed connection they have within the office. No need to ask someone to copy a file on the disk and transfer it to another PC. A simple click, drag and drop are what you’ll need to transfer a file to another PC.
You also have other means to share files such as USB drives and portable hard disks. They’re becoming cheaper and their capacities are become much larger.
You don’t even need physical connections to the one you’re sharing with. With technology, your computer can make use of different wireless connections such as infrared and Bluetooth. You can even communicate between the PC to different equipments such as cellular phones and digital cameras.
Actually, to be honest, I can’t exactly remember the last time I’ve transferred a file to another computer using disks. Maybe when I was still in college? Well, files are becoming larger and the media that we use are getting bigger as well and we have DVDs that can hold billions of data. One thing’s for sure, it’s not limited to location anymore. We can share files in mere seconds to someone from the other side of the world.
With all those different ways to transfer files, it just comes down to what we actually need and which is more efficient. Just consider the urgency, the speed of the connection, and the size of the file. At least, we now have more choices. But let’s remember to be responsible also in what we are actually sharing.