Making Thumbdrives [almost] Obsolete

For the past few years I’ve had a file management script that I’ve been using. At first, it was just a convenience for sharing files with classmates, but lately I’ve been using it more and more. A lot of the computers at our hospital don’t do thumbdrives well, and while others have been attaching files to e-mails and using their webmail to access them, I just login to my file manager. With the webhost I use now, I have unlimited storage – and any computer with internet has access to it! It’s also really nice for transferring files that are too large for e-mail. The only downside is that really large files are difficult to upload with php, so I do still use the thumbdrive for some things.

I use filethingie on my site. It’s a single php flatfile (only 100k) that does everything without a database. The only issue with most hosts is php upload limits. Just add something like this to your php.ini file:

file_uploads = On
upload_max_filesize = 24M
post_max_size = 24M
memory_limit = 48M

Obviously the #1 concern with anything of this nature is security, so you might want to use .htaccess to restrict access to wherever your passwords reside.

That’s it!

File Thingie

For those of you that don’t have your own website and hosting, there are other ways to store files online. One of the more popular ways is by using a Gmail account for online storage. There are also many popular file storage sites like Xdrive.

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