February 26, 2007

Rendering problems in IE 6

Mea Culpa time-- if you tried to log into the site using Internet Explorer 6 over the weekend you were confronted by a blank screen with our black bar across the top. Our developers found and fixed the problem this morning; we understand for those of you that were affected that this was a frustrating problem, we apologize for the inconvenience!!

February 22, 2007

Making little things count!

With much of the heavy lifting of our Amazon S3 transition behind us we've been able to spend some time making the site more fun to use. Today we released a great package of 'little' enhancements that we hope will make myDataBus much more fun to use!

  • Access your address books when mailing a File and Telling a Friend about myDataBus.com We've added a widget to access email addresses stored in Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, Hotmail, Plaxo, AOL and more!

  • Improved access to features from the My Files and Group Files pages- click the new "options" button on the right side to work with your files.

  • Better visibility for your file information- hold your mouse over a filename on the My Files or Group Files pages, additional file information will pop up. Try it with an image!

  • Vastly improved album creation! We are painfully aware that our album implementation left a lot to be desired... and frankly it's still not where we want it to be, but today we've fixed 2 of the most annoying parts-- creating new albums and being able to preview images. Try it-- click on "My Photo Albums" then "Create New Photo Album." We know there is more to do; we'd love to hear your suggestions!

  • Improved upgrade options- although our 5GB of storage and about 30GB per month of transfer for public files is pretty generous, we've created a unique a-la-carte system for upgrading exactly the features you need, as often as you like. Check it out!

February 05, 2007

New limits on Public Files

As part of the changes we have introduced this week we are announcing that free accounts at myDataBus.com will now be limited to 1GB of transfer per day for Public Files. As always there are no limits or quotas affecting transfer of your own files, or files from groups you belong to.

Those of you who have been around for a while know that we introduced public files with a very high limit so that we could evaluate how the public files would be used by our customers (20GB). We hear the groans out there from a few of our power-users, but reasonable limits are of course necessary for the long-term success of our site. We do want to thank you all and soften the blow for those that will be impacted by the new limits-- all of our existing customers will continue to enjoy a limit of 20GB per day for a limited time.

The sliver lining in these changes (you will hear much more about this later!) is that we are nearly finished converting our users to Amazon.com's S3 storage service. This means that your files are actually stored and delivered from Amazon data centers. Why should you care? Because it's fast. Very fast... if your account has been converted and you have a high speed connection you have probably already noticed that files download much faster. It also means that file downloads don't affect the myDataBus.com website, keeping it much more responsive even when a user posts a very popular file!

By way of comparison, our free accounts offer about 30GB per month of transfer for public files (sometimes called 'hosted files' by other services). Most of our competitors offer far less (or none at all!) for their free plans.

We hope you continue to enjoy using myDataBus.com, and we continue to welcome your feedback about our service!

February 02, 2007


We appologize in advance for any downtime you might see today; we are in the midst of rolling out the biggest upgrade yet of myDataBus.com -- the new site will feature not only huge strides in design and ease-of-use, but new database architecture that should give you a major boost in site performance!!

Hang with us for the day, you won't be sorry!