Sometimes you just want to send somebody a file, period. If you're lucky enough to have an FTP server handy, or your ISP permits emailing big files it's not too hard. But occasionally you might find yourself using an alien computer on the wrong side of the firewall. What then?
It's an internet service accessed by going to the PipeBytes web page. Nothing to install, and (they say) it works in most browsers on most operating systems. It's absurdly simple and requires no registration to use -- and free to you, since it's ad supported.
To send a file, click the "Send" button and browse for it. Attach an optional message describing what you're sending. Hit the "Upload" button and instead of spooling your file immediately, you get a nice hypertext link and a pickup key. Send your recipient the link + key, they login to PipeBytes and enter the key. THAT's when your file streams to their computer.
At no time is your file stored on anyone's server, so it offers a bit more privacy than other solutions. However, the model only supports one-time A-to-B transfers, which means it's not a broadcast mechanism or file sharing platform. And that may be exactly what you need sometimes.