[My] real world use cases for Opera Unite
Monday, September 19, 2011 1:35:25 PM
Do you remember November 23, 2009? It was the day Opera Software said it would reinvent the Web and release version 10.10 featuring Opera Unite. Maybe Opera’s Segway-moment (we haven’t rearchitectured our cities nor the Web) was not that memorable; but the technology is still around. Since November 2009, I’ve used Opera Unite for a few scenarios and thought I would share the use cases with you.
Static HTML pages
The personal home page isn’t quite dead yet. The Web Server application lets you serve static HTML pages as with any other Web site. I have a small about me page linking off to my various public profiles.
Another similar case were Opera Unite have proven very useful is for showing off design concepts and mock-ups. I’m often involved in a handful of open source projects providing. I’m quickly able to setup a fully working Web server to show off my work that everyone involved can access.
I also want to mention the Tempbin application, that let you host your own tempbin (for code snippets/logs) and manage access controls. IRC—well, mostly XMPP conference rooms—are still alive.
I have not used the File Sharing application that much. But my most frequent scenario for it involves a “SMTP Error ‘552 Message too large’” and resending the email with a link to the file hosted from my own machine. There have also been the occasional link posted in a chat room.
The File Inbox application also allows you to receive files to a dedicated Drop Box folder.
Some times you may want to share some very personal photos with an individual. Photos which you—for whatever reason—are not comfortable with sharing with a third party photo host. Your vacation photos and those captioned photos of your cat can go on other hosted services. But you will want to keep control over these particular photos yourself. Maybe even set a password. Enter the Photo Sharing application.
Are you using Opera Unite for anything cool? Share it by posting a comment!