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Glide File Sharing Service Debuts

samzenpus posted more than 8 years ago | from the share-away dept.

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Dotnaught writes "Glide Effortless has gone live. New York Times columnist David Pogue describes it as "full-blown online operating system" that's a mix of genius and interface awkwardness. (Glide has been covered previously on Slashdot.) Pogue concludes "Glide's core idea is unassailably fresh and useful. If TransMedia's plans for world domination fall into place, maybe it won't need an elevator pitch. Maybe 'You gotta try this' will be the only pitch it needs.""

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226 comments

First Post! (-1, Offtopic)

Garrard (205508) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155425)

First Post :)

Re:First Post! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14155452)

omg yuo win at teh internerd!@#!@$

FIRST POST (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14155427)

i DO LIKE shoes and other things, dear sirs!

Oh, ho... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14155428)

...that's a mix of genius and interface awkwardness...

Sounds like the night I lost my virginity.

Re:Oh, ho... (-1, Troll)

Ilex (261136) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155540)

I thought only virgins were allowed to read slashdot?

Re:Oh, ho... (1, Funny)

jrockway (229604) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155597)

Technically you're still a virgin if you claim you had sex, but didn't.

Re:Oh, ho... (4, Funny)

JPriest (547211) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155622)

Do you think you could document your findings into a man page or something so the rest of us have a guiding light?

Re:Oh, ho... (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14155751)

The webpage is a mess, if any indication you should learn it should be to avoid Glide.

No screenshot is presented 1:1 ratio

      they are all zoomed out (hence unreadable)
      rotated and skewed. Software looks as if it
      was made by some 'Xtreme' sport enthusiast
      and will keep on shaking on your screen


  some screenshots are fake
"An artist's rendition depicting Glide's intelligent online storage solution."... need I say more?


lacks normal links

  every link is a javascript script. It does not
matter if you want a screenshot, or some other page. Why? why do web 'developers' do it?


promises

more than half of products are just promises. heck, just try to sign up.

Re:Oh, ho... (1)

Hogwash McFly (678207) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155788)

It's 2038 already? God, how the time flies...

Re:Oh, ho... (1, Offtopic)

FlopEJoe (784551) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155803)

...that's a mix of genius and interface awkwardness... Sounds like the night I lost my virginity.

...except for the genius part. :P

Lube (1)

sqeaky (874667) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155434)

They are selling file sharing lube... let me reread that tube of astro-gli... It has to lube to fit a whole operating system in...

Sad people (4, Funny)

pubjames (468013) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155437)

The Apple® Mac OSX(TM) version of Glide Effortless is scheduled to be available on Christmas Day December 25, 2005.

Great, a reason for me to get up early of Christmas Day. Good thing I haven't got any family or friends!

Re:Sad people (1)

Aqua OS X (458522) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155583)

Really, it'll probably be done the week before.

Seems like a weird release date to pick though. Why not wait until people are at their computers?

Re:Sad people (1)

mattspammail (828219) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155815)

Between the new AOL CD I got in the mail yesterday (I can't wait to install it. "Easier than ever before" they tell me.) and Glide (yet another file sharing program designed to simplify my life - hereafter referred to as YAFSPDTSML), all of my computing needs are finally taken care of for me. It's so great to be limited to... er... assisted with the things that I need most on my computer. I can't wait!

Seriously, what true geek isn't smart enough to stay away from P2P now anyway, and beyond home movies or personal photo sharing, what legitimate need is there for this? And dare I say that even family usually has to be prodded to check out pictures and/or video. It usually has to be attached to an e-mail for them to view it. This YAFSPDTSML is nothing but a waste of time, unless you enjoy exchanging pr0n with 14 year old kids. (and I really hope you don't)

Sweet - But no OSX 'til XMas (1)

NixLuver (693391) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155439)

It certainly LOOKS sweet; we'll see how it shakes out. Like I said, no OSX version 'til xmas, and linux version is '2006'... Certainly looks like a platform to watch, though! If it's half as good as it's hype, it's a great concept, and Google, Microsoft, or Yahoo will be buying it before St. Patty's Day.

Re:Sweet - But no OSX 'til XMas (3, Interesting)

flyingsquid (813711) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155536)

The summary doesn't really give a good, well, summary of Pogue's review. He notes some major problems with their interface design that make it difficult to see what the files are, or manage large numbers of them. For instance, he says "... figuring out how to do some simple tasks, like backing out of a photo container to your full collection, are challenges for puzzle lovers only." The review also says that there are "...some telltale signs that the company may have bitten off more than it could chew"- there's no help or online manual, apparently.

The core concept is good. I'd like to be able to store documents online so I could access them from anywhere, and it would also be useful to allow others to see them. But a hundred megabytes isn't much in the way of storage (many of my graphics files are 10-20mb), and I can have twenty times that for free if I just email files to my Gmail account for storage. Sure, they offer more, but the problem is (as the New York Times is finding with it's TimesSelect premium online content) that on the internet, people are used to getting stuff for free.

As for buying them out, I suspect that it would be easiest for Google/Microsoft to simply duplicate the site's functionality while improving on the interface and offering more storage for free.

Re:Sweet - But no OSX 'til XMas (1)

CdBee (742846) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155593)

If GOOG or MSFT buy it, forget Linux and OSX versions...

Re:Sweet - But no OSX 'til XMas (1)

jacksonj04 (800021) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155612)

If Google get it, they have nothing to lose by releasing Linux and OSX versions. Especially if they can fork everything else into it as an upgrade to Google Desktop. One application, all your Google stuff, why should they not release Linux and OSX?

I'm also looking forwards to the response from MS if Google use this as a web-based frontend to WinFS.

Re:Sweet - Kinda/Almost... (1)

the.o.ster.66 (934538) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155718)

submitting my registration resulted in this:

Registration Error An error occurred while processing your registration.

The following is the DEBUG error (you'll want to remove debug for production releases):

EXCEPTION FROM System.Drawing: The object is currently in use elsewhere.

Timestamp (UTC): 12/01/2005 12:21:44 AppDomain: /LM/W3SVC/251460291/Root-18-127778646896134700 Calling Assembly: c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v1.1.4322\tempo rary asp.net files\root\7b14840e\a877634c\assembly\dl2\f25a4630 \6b4c05ce_b9f5c501\transmedia.dll TransMedia, Version=1.0.1.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=a841b3caad74b8d8 Operating System: Win32NT 5.2.3790.0 Process ID: 5356 Process Main Module: c:\windows\system32\inetsrv\w3wp.exe Thread Identity: UNKNOWN 1) System.InvalidOperationException:

Message: The object is currently in use elsewhere. TargetSite: Void Save(System.String, System.Drawing.Imaging.ImageCodecInfo, System.Drawing.Imaging.EncoderParameters) HelpLink: (NULL) Source: System.Drawing Stack Trace: at System.Drawing.Image.Save(String filename, ImageCodecInfo encoder, EncoderParameters encoderParams) at System.Drawing.Image.Save(String filename, ImageFormat format) at Glide.Www.Account.register.RegisterFinishPage._Pro cessRegistration() in C:\transmedia\src\glide\1.0\wwwroot\account\regist er\finish.aspx.cs:line 135

Return to Glide Digital Home

Secure? (5, Informative)

SecureTheNet (915798) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155447)

Glide looks like a well put together app, and I imagine it will become quite popular. But I for one would never use it. I prefer to keep my data locally, for privacy and security reasons.

Re:Secure? (4, Insightful)

flyingsquid (813711) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155590)

These guys can't seem to figure out what they want to do, though. Their site highlights Glide Personal, Glide Photos, Glide Music, Glide Music Shop, Glide Videos, Glide Docs, Glide Allmedia, Glide Contacts, Glide Mailshare, Glide Liveshare, Glide Calendar, Glide Timeline, Glide Shops... I take one look at this and think,"this is supposed to _simplify_ my life?"

These guys seem to be (a) overly ambitious, trying to conquer the known universe with their site, and (b)confused, lacking a clear strategy or a well thought out business model... dude, that is just so 1999.

Re:Secure? (1)

RobotRunAmok (595286) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155755)

These guys seem to be (a) overly ambitious, trying to conquer the known universe with their site, and (b)confused, lacking a clear strategy or a well thought out business model... dude, that is just so 1999.

But... I thought that was Google?!

Re:Secure? (1)

flyingsquid (813711) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155808)

Well, first of all, Google started out specializing in internet search before moving on to other areas like maps and email. Second, Google has a 120 billion dollar market capitalization, a revenue stream from its ads, and 7.63 billion dollars in cash (according to finance.yahoo.com). So conquering the known universe isn't necessarily hubris in their case; they have the resources to be all things to all people on the internet, if anyone can. Third, it's not entirely clear whether Google's strategy will pay off, either. The guys over at Slate.com keep running articles about Google's impending doom. They may be exaggerating a bit, but they argue that Google's approach is too diffuse and shows a lack of a core strategy. I think ten years from now- probably not even that long- we'll see whether that really is the case or not. You could also argue that Google's approach is sort of an evolutionary algorithm- throw out a bunch of services and see which ones have a demand and produce a cash flow. Time will tell whether Google's strategy (or anti-strategy) will pay off. Again, though, Google has the time, money, and mindshare to make that approach work, if it will work. A tiny startup probably doesn't.

Not enough space (1)

SilentJ_PDX (559136) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155682)

The concept is great. I would love nothing more than to put my photos and mp3s online so I could share them easily with friends... but 3gb?!?

It's pretty hard to realise their dream of "putting all your media online" with a limit of 3gb.

Why would I use this? (5, Interesting)

xquark (649804) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155455)

Why do they want my credit card for the free subscription?
I don't plan on buying anything from their glide store, why assume I will?

Re:Why would I use this? (2, Informative)

littlepill (234712) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155511)

"This site requires you to be 18 years of age or older"

Re:Why would I use this? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14155530)

Strange, is it a pr0n site?

Re:Why would I use this? (1)

JPriest (547211) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155606)

It would contain porn, so in a way yes.

Re:Why would I use this? (1)

nitrowing (887519) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155765)

Agreed - if I have no credit card I'm not welcome?

Yep - I stopped there too (4, Insightful)

CrazedWalrus (901897) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155825)

I started signing up, just to check out the site. Got to the mandatory credit card, pressed Cancel, and probably won't try it again for a few weeks to see if they've changed it. If not, this'll be a service I simply don't use.

Glide: I don't lightly give my credit card number out to random internet sites -- especially when I'm not buying anyting. I'm not paying for the next gimmick until I've seen if it's useful. If you won't let me see if it's useful without my credit card, then you've lost a potential customer, and I've moved on with my life the way it's always been.

YOU NEED MY CREDIT CARD??? (5, Insightful)

Datagod (613152) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155456)

What kind of legitimate service needs my credit card information to "verify" the details of my registration? I thought to myself, yeah, this sounds cool...give them my usual false info...then BANG...Please give us your credit card information even though you have selected the free account...We promise that no bad hackers can get your personal information... Whatever...these bozos wont last long... I use everything GOOGLE all day long, and they have never EVER asked me for my credit card.

Re:YOU NEED MY CREDIT CARD??? (2, Interesting)

Urkki (668283) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155514)

They just need to verify that you do have a credit card. If you don't, you're not going to make them any money, so might as well not waste their server resources on you. Wether they make their money from you buying stuff with your credit card, or from selling your verified personal details to organized crime (including the government), well... Nah, they wouldn't, would they?

Re:YOU NEED MY CREDIT CARD??? (4, Informative)

ortholattice (175065) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155518)

A made-up credit card number might get you into the free service unless they verify each one with the credit card company (which I think costs them money, although not sure, so they might not do it for the free account, but might wait until you are tricked into upgrading via the fine print on some T&C-like page you ACCEPT). On the other hand they may have a local validity check using the LUHN formula - see http://www.beachnet.com/~hstiles/cardtype.html [beachnet.com] - so you could invent a number to pass that check. I don't think this is fraud since you aren't buying anything with the made-up card, and it could never be charged to anyone anyway even if it matched a real one because the name won't match, but hey IANAL.

Re:YOU NEED MY CREDIT CARD??? (4, Informative)

ortholattice (175065) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155584)

Oh, now I see from another post that any made up credit card number will work. So they never even bothered to program in the LUHN check. (A well-designed site would do that, by the way, as a courtesy to the customer to provide instant feedback - without the "this may take several minutes" verification delay - when an obviously bad number is mistyped.) I guess I gave them more credit for their technical adeptness than they deserved.

cc test number (4, Informative)

Frogg (27033) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155786)

mastercard 4929 123 123 123 passes luhn10 -- we use it when testing ecommerce systems.

Re:YOU NEED MY CREDIT CARD??? (1)

littlepill (234712) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155519)

It seems you have to be an adult to use this site..."This site requires you to be 18 years of age or older". Don't aske me why though...

Re:YOU NEED MY CREDIT CARD??? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14155531)

They need your cc so if RIAA spots anything they don't like, Glide will service the charge!

Re:YOU NEED MY CREDIT CARD??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14155542)

Hint:

They dont validate the numbers when choosing the free account.
Try:
Discover Card Nr: 1234567890123456
Expiry Date: 10/2015
Sec. Code: 1234

But the site display a lot of ASP.NET errors right now (probably slashdotting effect).

Re:YOU NEED MY CREDIT CARD??? (1)

laxian (174575) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155567)

Pretty much my exact experience. Who are they kidding?

Re:YOU NEED MY CREDIT CARD??? (2, Informative)

greguly (156838) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155708)

You can use my card.
Visa
4444.3333.2222.1111

Re:YOU NEED MY CREDIT CARD??? (1)

HaydnH (877214) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155845)

What kind of legitimate service needs my credit card information to "verify" the details of my registration?

errrr eBay??

and then tomorow (2, Interesting)

jlebrech (810586) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155462)

MPAA and RIAA vs Glide

All your online database are belong to us... (1)

abstractrude (935296) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155464)

So I guess the only reason I would want to put my whole entire life online...would be common sense. Thanks but no thanks. Ill stick to the apps that already came with OSX.

Javascript? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14155470)

Gee, thanks for yet another security nightmare in waiting!

Credit Card? (3, Insightful)

Jackdaw Rookery (696327) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155475)

No way will I ever use this while it asks for a Credit Card when you click Free Subscription.

Why would I give you that? Why do you need access to my money when I have no intention of buying anything from you. After all that was why I selected free.

Re:Credit Card? (1)

zuki (845560) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155549)

Strangely, I started going through the registration process, and stopped cold as I kind of felt the same way about it.
If they are giving you a free app, there should really not be any strings attached like that. Also, they do not accept PayPal?
Z.

Re:Credit Card? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14155730)

Maybe to uniquely identify users, for giving appropriate blame to piracy.

That's quite a suite of services, but... (1)

el americano (799629) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155479)

Where they lose me is Glide Shops. One thing the world doesn't need is yetanother shopping portal - discount or no discount. It doesn't it fit their elegant, effortless, and automatic theme either. Shopping is messy.

My prediction? Icarus-like nosedive.... (4, Insightful)

Chaffar (670874) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155481)

Or I haven't understood the thing, or it's a completely useless service.

So basically, it's a system that's let's me let other people see what I have, but they can't copy the file for themselves... Ingenious, from a legal standpoint, but I really doubt it'll pick up. From an older article: "The system is smart enough to identify copyrighted music that has been uploaded by users into the system."http://informationweek.com/story/showArtic le.jhtml?articleID=173402852 [informationweek.com]

If the system is that smart, why would a "no-copying"policy be required? Hmmm ? Since the files being shared aren't copyrighted, I shouldn't be prohibited from sharing them.

Me says this is a piece of schizophrenic software that doesn't really know where it wants to be, and it probably will be too bandwidth hungry for most people to present any kind of interest.

But then again, maybe I haven't understood the thing :-/

slashdot (1)

queef_latina (847562) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155487)

So, you guys like talking about your computers? You guys like lunix a lot?

Google? (1)

Honken (665599) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155488)

Many of the services offered looks like either something google already offers or might want to offer. What are the odds that this company will be bought by google? Pretty low I'd say.

slashvertisment (0, Troll)

cain (14472) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155493)

Seriously - do the editors get paid to post these stories?

Re:slashvertisment (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14155572)

Most of the stories on here will be "paid" for, which is how things like this end up on the site.

Forget This (1)

sanman2 (928866) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155512)

They're asking for credit card, like a typical p0rn site. Forget this. If they want me to try it out for free, they can nix the credit card requirement.

Herald Tribune Web Design (3, Informative)

nucal (561664) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155520)

Somewhat off topic, but I thought that the interface for the IHT webpage was one of the best I'd ever seen - it really minimizes the amount of scrolling you have to do and it felt much easier to read. Why haven't more news sites used this?

Re:Herald Tribune Web Design (1)

KlaymenDK (713149) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155607)

because when you start to zoom the text, the top&bottom lines are hidden by the clever column layout. I had to disable their css to read the article (thank you, bookmarklet css toggler).

What is it about web designers that insist on having text fixed at 9pt? This laptop of mine has huge resolution on a non-huge screen, so I *need* at least 12pt for comfort, and 16pt for leisure.

Re:Herald Tribune Web Design (1)

The Amazing Fish Boy (863897) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155743)

(thank you, bookmarklet css toggler)

Since you can actually actually resize the text, I assume you are using Firefox or Opera. (Resizing the text doesn't work in IE) Or possibly you are using Konqueror or Safari, but I can't test those right now.

Anyway, you don't need a bookmarklet to disable CSS in Firefox or Opera.

In Firefox, View->Page Style->No Style.

In Opera, View->Style->User Mode.

Re:Herald Tribune Web Design (2, Informative)

Sparr0 (451780) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155760)

That has nothing to do with the web site and everything to do with your web browser and OS. Points are a PHYSICAL measurement. 1/72 of an inch. 36 point type is 1/2 inch tall. If your text gets smaller when you raise your monitor resolution then either your font sizes are specified in pixels, not points, or your software is broken.

Windows takes a naive approach with a global DPI setting, but if you make sure that that setting is correct then compliant software will render fonts the right size. Most Linux GUIs actually poll the monitor for the proper measurements so they get it right automagically, but some environments and individual programs (like GIMP and Inkscape) let you do exact calibration via a 'Measure this line. How many inches long is it?' dialog. When I open a 4x6 photo in GIMP it displays exactly 4"x6". When I draw 36pt text it is exactly 1/2" tall. If you suffer from shrinking fonts, get better software.

Re:Herald Tribune Web Design (1)

KlaymenDK (713149) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155779)

"If you suffer from shrinking fonts, get better software."

You are ever so right -- and I have: at home I use FreeBSD. But (here) at work, I'm stuck with Windows and its "naive approach" (and no, virtual environs is not a realistic option for a number of reasons). But I have set it up to 124 DPI.

Re:Herald Tribune Web Design (2, Insightful)

Jugalator (259273) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155627)

Besides the column view, clicking on the first column takes you back a page, and clicking on the last takes you forward a page. On top of that, it actually loads the entire article so going back and forth is instantaneous with no server communication, semi-AJAX (not sure about the XML) style.

They clearly spent more time on their content presentation than most news sites, and it shows.

Re:Herald Tribune Web Design (1)

mallumax (712655) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155658)

It uses some crazy javascript to do that. :).Also look at the left panel.You can change the format to a single page and increase/decrease font size without reloading the page. Javascript is required for making text appear in columns.(I think mozilla has recently added CSS support for doing exactly this).
IHT is my favourite news site. Aesthetically pleasing and no intrusive ads.Anyone has any idea how IHT makes money off the website (or do they?).

Re:Herald Tribune Web Design (1)

yelvington (8169) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155692)

The IHT design hasn't been adopted by more news sites for several reasons:

* The scrolling is nonstandard and creates as many user experience problems as it solves.

* Implementing it with cross-browser compatibility is a nightmare. That's less of an issue with current browsers than it was a few years ago, but there still are a lot of old browsers in the user base.

* Most news sites have high demand for ad slots (which enables them to be free to the user) and the IHT layout doesn't accommodate that.

Whoopie (3, Insightful)

nickgrieve (87668) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155522)

David Pogue describes it as "full-blown online operating system"

Right... so why on earth should I give his opinon any creedance when its ovbious he does not even know what an OS does, to me Glide... look like Yet Another Blog Site

Re:Whoopie (1)

BarryNorton (778694) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155749)

why on earth should I give [David Pogue] opinon any creedance when its ovbious he does not even know what an OS does
Thank goodness someone said it because I thought I was going mad!

If I'd read him say that in the NYT, I'd have dismissed it as a stupid comment... but someone here quoted him, and an 'editor' let him, leading me to spend an extra five minutes of my life trying to figure out exactly what this thing is.

Seriously, what is the point writing summaries if it's less clear after you've read it what the story is...

This one's got it all... (2, Funny)

mrogers (85392) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155539)

Pie menus, web services, file sharing and DRM... this has the makings of the longest Slashdot flamewar in history. I suppose the only remaining question is, does it run faster in Gnome or KDE?

Supported media (2, Interesting)

slashedmydot (927745) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155555)

They don't even support ogg-vorbis, PNG or OASIS openDocuments.

http://www.glidedigital.com/supported_formats.aspx [glidedigital.com]

Re:Supported media (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14155577)

From the page:
Over 150+ image formats are supported for previewing in Glide including
It might as well support those formats, the ones listed are only examples.

Nice idea but... (1)

cibyr (898667) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155557)

Sounds like a nice idea, but who really has that much bandwidth?

Disaster (1)

hagrin (896731) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155559)

First, I tried to to click the Sign In link and got an IIS Runtime error (at least they turned off descriptive error messages) and then when I tried to authenticate with asdfg/asdfg I got a siezure enducing Authenticating message which never ended.

Guess that marketing slogan "Just Try It" isn't going to sell anything. And as I have read in the other comments, I would NEVER give out my credit card information to register for a service like this. With the nth degree applications being developed on the web, there is zero reason to give out my CC info.

MS prior art (5, Funny)

lovebyte (81275) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155563)

Obligatory:
For a long time people have been able to share their documents, music, ... with everyone on MS windows. Albeit unwillingly.

As with... (3, Insightful)

MaestroSartori (146297) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155568)

...many others here, I find it very off-putting that I'm required to enter my credit card details for a free trial. That very requirement has just lost them a customer, since I refuse to provide credit card details to people who don't intend to charge me for anything.

I remember free-trial-card-required things like this from a few years back, and I didn't take them up then. I don't really enjoy having sites store my credit card information at all, and wish they wouldn't. After all, what's to stop a billing error, or a hacker harvesting my card number, or a disgruntled employee using my card to buy kiddie porn, or anything else? One-off entry is much nicer. I just wish I knew for sure how many internet stores kept records of my card details, before finding out the hard way one day :(

Re:As with... (2, Informative)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155740)

If you are that worried, get a one time use number, most credit cards can generate them online. You use it once, and poof, in a few hours it is no longer valid.

Nothing to see here... (0)

pjay_dml (710053) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155578)

Can someone please tell, what's so special about this?

A CMS that you can sign up for? WOW...

Glide Effortless? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14155592)

Sounds like a sexual lubricant.

A zillion like this (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14155605)

Wow! An online storage company! What a brilliant idea!

Gimme a break, there are about a zillion companies like this. We found they fall into 3 categories:

1. Companies trying to sell you something (photo developing, cd's, stupid pop-ups, etc) in the most annoying way possible.

2. Companies pretending to be low cost and doing underhanded things with your data

3. Companies that take an honest approach, and tell you upfront what it's going to cost.

FWIW, we've used Centaur [centaurstorage.com] for a while now. They are windows-only (groan), but the interface is simple enough even for my computer-challenged/ high-maintainance clients.

Amateurish. (1, Interesting)

Cave Dweller (470644) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155650)

From the sign-up process: "No, I wish to be keep a private profile in Glide."... Um, yeah, I wish to be keep from grammer.

And, finally, after clicking "Finish":


Registration Error
An error occurred while processing your registration.

The following is the DEBUG error (you'll want to remove debug for production releases):
EXCEPTION FROM System.Drawing: The object is currently in use elsewhere.
Timestamp (UTC): 12/01/2005 11:53:55 AppDomain: /LM/W3SVC/251460291/Root-18-127778646896134700 Calling Assembly: c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v1.1.4322\tempo rary asp.net files\root\7b14840e\a877634c\assembly\dl2\f25a4630 \6b4c05ce_b9f5c501\transmedia.dll TransMedia, Version=1.0.1.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=a841b3caad74b8d8 Operating System: Win32NT 5.2.3790.0 Process ID: 5356 Process Main Module: c:\windows\system32\inetsrv\w3wp.exe Thread Identity: UNKNOWN 1) System.InvalidOperationException:

EXCEPTION FROM System.Drawing: The object is currently in use elsewhere. Message: The object is currently in use elsewhere. TargetSite: Void Save(System.String, System.Drawing.Imaging.ImageCodecInfo, System.Drawing.Imaging.EncoderParameters) HelpLink: (NULL) Source: System.Drawing Stack Trace: at System.Drawing.Image.Save(String filename, ImageCodecInfo encoder, EncoderParameters encoderParams) at System.Drawing.Image.Save(String filename, ImageFormat format) at Glide.Www.Account.register.RegisterFinishPage._Pro cessRegistration() in C:\transmedia\src\glide\1.0\wwwroot\account\regist er\finish.aspx.cs:line 135


Ah, yes, the excellent lameness filter. Let us marvel at the technological complexity that denies us from posting meaningful information and yet fails to prevent trolls from crapflooding the bejeesus of Slashdot.

Re:Amateurish. (2, Funny)

Cave Dweller (470644) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155686)

Gee, thanks for the 'Troll' mod. I was simply pointing out the fact that if these idiots can't even synchronize access to a simple Image object, how can they be trusted with our (albeit made-up) credit card numbers?

Mods on crack, heh.

Re:Amateurish. (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14155735)

You are a Troll for criticising the subject of one of Slashdot's advertisements disguised as stories.

Anyway yeah it did that for me too, what a piece of shit. Seems like a useless service anyway, complete waste of time.

Re:Amateurish. (1)

Cave Dweller (470644) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155785)

You are a Troll for criticising the subject of one of Slashdot's advertisements disguised as stories. :-(

Oh, wait, that's copyrighted by Despair, Inc., isn't it? :-*

Re:Amateurish. (1)

jo42 (227475) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155750)

Probably brought in a couple of high school kids to slap this together for a term project.

Gnobs.

Too bad (0, Redundant)

Alarash (746254) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155656)

The Glide Free Subscription requires your credit card number "for verification purposes". There are other ways to check, and since I don't like giving out my credit card number for no real reason, I think I'll pass.

No, sorry (1)

Luigi30 (656867) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155661)

Not all adults have credit cards.

w00t (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14155664)

Another place to share warez!

Is it just me... (2, Insightful)

Adam Heine (830376) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155678)

...or does this news post seem more like an ad than news? 83% of it is just blather from some journalist whose seems as far from being a Slashdotter as I am from being a Chinese jet pilot.

Glide (3, Funny)

GoatMonkey2112 (875417) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155683)

And here I was thinking that 3dfx's work was all for nothing.

I've had this for 2 years already (4, Insightful)

dJOEK (66178) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155685)

I don't see how this is new. It exists already a long time and it's called .Mac

Video plugin? (1)

fa2k (881632) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155694)

What kind of browser plugin does it use for video and audio?

advantage of open source (2, Insightful)

phantomfive (622387) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155701)

The article says:
The Glide of today is already a vast collection of tools. But it's nothing compared with what the company says is on the way: a full-blown Internet music store; an online store that lets you order products by dragging their icons into a shopping-cart "container"; a Unix version; a timeline calendar module; a built-in photo-editing suite; playback of music file formats beyond MP3; and even a corporate version.

All this from a company of only 24 people?


Behold the advantage of open source: a small number of people quickly can make something really cool, by building on code that is already out there. You need to play any music file format? No problem, just hack something together using SOX. Photo-editing suite? Reading multiple image-formats is simple, just take some code from GIMP or SDLimage.

Back in the 90s one of the big selling points of OOP was code reusability saving time developing new products. Didn't work so well then, partly because of the difficulty in developing a collection of high quality parts. What we are seeing now with the internet and open source is a rich library of useful code that anyone can use, so long as they are willing to give back to the community.

tha crunkest of crunk (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14155702)

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Re:tha crunkest of crunk (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14155814)

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Patenting pie menus? (2, Insightful)

Lars Arvestad (5049) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155725)

On the web page describing "the intelligent user interface", I could read this:
Glide introduces a real alternative to old school file menu and toolbar navigation, with the patent-pending Glide Action Bubble
From what I can discern, the "bubble" is a pie menu. And they are trying to patent it? That sounds lame, on the verge to stupid.

Re:Patenting pie menus? (1)

BarryNorton (778694) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155842)

From what I can discern, the "bubble" is a pie menu [...] That sounds lame, on the verge to stupid.
What? They've taken a long-standing problem and found a solution to it... Don't you ever find that there are just just many items you can fit on a traditional menu? And what's the point in buying a high-resolution monitor if the applications aren't going to use it up?

Seriously, though, am I being stupid with this interface? I created 'containers' for photos and for music and cannot drag'n'drop into either... (In Firefox it does nothing, in IE - with drag'n'drop enabled - it opens the file locally)

Shit! (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14155738)

if it smells like shit... (3, Interesting)

abonstu (682723) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155746)

the citrix www.gotomypc.com service offers a free trial - that also requires a credit card. i was pretty suspicious but really wanted to trial the service so gave it a shot...

as it turns out, when the trial period expires they charge you for the next month, ie. its an *opt-out* 'free' trial.

not only that, but you cant even email them to opt-out, you have to call them during *their* business hours... this really gave me the shits being in singapore and having to wait around till they decide to pick up the phone.

lets hope these characters arent going down that path... roping people into ongoing payments is pretty high on my do not touch list.

Privacy Concerns (1)

PlayfullyClever (934896) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155787)

I prefer to store data on my own computer, for privacy reasons. I will not use these services for sensitive, private data, because I do not know who else has access to said data. And I see no point in using their service only for non-sensitive needs, while returning to my existing solutions for private matters. I doubt their service offers anything beyond what is already possible with a solid Linux or BSD setup, while costing far more and lacking the security I've come to expect.

Online operating systems? Err , I think not (1)

Viol8 (599362) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155799)

More like yet another online media store with a few bells
and whistles. The marketing types there perhaps should
go look up the definition of "operating system".
Hardly ground breaking this.

I signed in with my credit card info (1)

bxbaser (252102) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155800)

and instantly got charged for a $3000 camera.

Glide... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14155821)

...sounds like the name of a personal lubricant.

So wait a mo... (1)

squoozer (730327) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155834)

When the network goes down your machine stops working. The network really is the machine. I can see this being useful in some places but I can see this would be a major pain in rear for a lot of users. I hated working on terminals. There was always so much lag.

I'll stick with my NFS mounted home directory and a local OS I think.

Sure, sign me in (1)

Knuckles (8964) | more than 8 years ago | (#14155849)

Terms of use:
  • The services that TransMedia provides to you are subject to the following Terms of Use ("TOU"). TransMedia reserves the right to update the TOU at any time without notice to you.(...)
  • You also will choose a password and a user name. You are entirely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password and account. Furthermore, you are entirely responsible for any and all activities that occur under your account. (...)
  • TransMedia will not be liable for any loss that you may incur as a result of someone else using your password or account, either with or without your knowledge. However, you could be held liable for losses incurred by TransMedia or another party due to someone else using your account or password.(...)
  • You will not (...) Publish, post, upload, distribute or disseminate any inappropriate, profane, defamatory, obscene, indecent or unlawful topic, name, material or information (...)
  • TransMedia reserves the right at all times to disclose any information as TransMedia deems necessary to satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request (...)

I got tired there and didn't read the privacy statement anymore.
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