Tonight, the tech world news will contain Mega coverage of Kim Dotcom, as his much-publicised service launches in New Zealand. The launch comes exactly 1 year after the US-led armed raid of Dotcom’s mansion.
I was lucky to get an early invite, and eagerly tested it to see if it has been worth the hype. Is it the new big thing or is it just another file locker?
The answer to that depends entirely on what you want from it. Place to store files, sure it works. As a place to share them, to other people (irrespective of the why) it’s not so suitable.
Otherwise, the usage is fairly decent, and has a decent feature set, including shared folders between contacts. It’s good, but not special.
What is intended to make it special is the encryption. The file encryption is supposedly so that you, and only you, can access the files. Access to the file and its key, are available from the file manager, where the file address, address with key, and its name and size are selectable options.
It seems to work. BUT, as a caveat, only if you have Chrome. Will it overtake other file hosts and storage services? Well, I don’t think Dropbox or even bayfiles will be overly worried. I mean, sure I’ve only got 11Gb on dropbox, not 50, but I don’t have to worry about using the right browser either.
My verdict – wait until some of the long list of things still to be done are finished.