Opera Unite

This morning, after a few days of intense teasing, Opera Software reinvented something and announced Opera Unite. This evening, Karl Dubost (@karlpro) tried it and twittered about it:

So I tried this last link. Here's my browser's reply right now:

Device Unavailable
The device you were trying to access (grange.karlcow.operaunite.com) does not seem to be available.

karlcow does not seem to be running any services at the moment.

16 june 2009, Opera just reinvented the 404 error !!! Lovely :-)


1. On Tuesday 16 June 2009, 22:53 by Vladimir Dzhuvinov

The idea is not bad :) It follows the true spirit of the internet - that information should be distributed, rather than having everyone's photos at Flickr and all videos at Youtube.

2. On Wednesday 17 June 2009, 09:14 by Tomer

I have installed the application in order to test this feature. It seems they restrict the usage of OperaUnite to Opera users only. It might be possible to access these pages by doing some User Agent spoofing.

ICQ instant messenger had a feature about 10 years ago called ICQ home, which was enabling users to share web content from a simple webserver integrated into the IM (it even had a bell sound when someone enter YOUR web page!). It took Opera 10 years to implement the same feature.

3. On Wednesday 17 June 2009, 10:02 by Sebas;

Owned XDDD

4. On Wednesday 17 June 2009, 12:42 by lockoom

Well, this is alpha preview but works most of the time so it's rather cheap laugh.
Unite services are provided by Opera browsers or Opera Unite servers but are accessiable by any modern browser.

5. On Wednesday 17 June 2009, 14:53 by karl

Yep yep. Today I'm trying filesharing between office and home with a cable connection. We will see how it goes.

6. On Sunday 21 June 2009, 11:10 by roger21

c'est plutot une 503

7. On Sunday 21 June 2009, 22:20 by Don Birdsall

It worked yesterday but is broken today (June 21). A static (unchanging) URL is nice but there is nothing new about webservers and there are a number of tutorials available on how to make one.

There is an add-on for Firefox called "Plain Old Webserver" that also does much of the same thing.

An unreliable service is just that.. unreliable. I guess Opera hasn't reinvented the Internet after all.