I'm now ready to beta test the "Thinking in C: Foundations for Java and C++" e-seminar, but I need a place that can handle the downloads.
Currently, the download is 164 MB. This will improve when the audio can be converted from stereo to mono (there's a bug in the early edition of Flash 8.5 which is required to run the e-seminar), but it's still a bigger download and will, I suspect, require more transfer capability than any server I have.
I originally had high hopes for OurMedia, but I've tried numerous times to upload the file, which it seems to do successfully, but then it never appears at the URL that the upload software says it will appear. I've tried several times to contact them about the problem but have been ignored, so I'm giving up on them.
SourceForge would be ideal, but it doesn't look to me like this project would work under their system (it's free, but not really open source). I've also tried asking them about it but got no response. If someone knows that it would be legitimate for SourceForge, please let me know.
Thanks for any pointers -- as soon as I find a home I'll announce the beta for those who want to try it out.
Following up on the previous comment, a provider like Prodigem might be a perfect way to leverage BitTorrent without the hassle. I noticed them when Professor Lessig used them to host some of his CC presentations.
They would seem to be a good fit for you -- they handle the torrent creation and seeding, allow only CC content, and are either free or cheap, depending on your seeding bandwidth needs.
Thanks for the ideas. I'm hesitant to use anything with an additional level of indirection, because of the number of novices who would have trouble with it (you might or might not be surprised at some of the emails I get when something isn't absolutely transparent). But I'll keep P2P as a possibility.
I googled around a little and found a service (via a google adword) called StoreAndServe.com which I'm uploading to, and which might solve the problem.
Not to be an Arrogant Bas*&%d, but if someone is interesting in hacking in C, and doing things like installing compilers and writing Makefiles, shouldn't they be capable of following a link to download a BitTorrent client?
But I see your point. Downloading additional software just to download a seminar on writing software does seem a bit redundant... :)
They're interested in learning it, but not experienced already. Although many people can handle the issues of downloading and installing things, sometimes small issues trip a few of them up. My goal is to get no tech support emails.