RE: upload/download

Subject: RE: upload/download
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: Lin Sims <ljsims -dot- ml -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 9 Dec 2013 17:35:21 -0500

Bingo. Transfer.

Even I catch onto the obvious after a while. :-)

From: Lin Sims [mailto:ljsims -dot- ml -at- gmail -dot- com]
Sent: December-09-13 5:18 PM
To: McLauchlan, Kevin
Cc: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: Re: upload/download

I always thought it depended on where you (the person or item doing the file transfer) was.
If you're transferring files to your system/location from somewhere else, you're downloading.
If you're transferring files to some other item or location where you aren't, you're uploading.
If you're transferring files between two objects that are either both with you, or both located somewhere else, you're copying.
You could always phrase it as:
"transfer [thing-being-transferred] from [name] to [name]"
and avoid upload/download/copy issues altogether.

On Mon, Dec 9, 2013 at 4:06 PM, McLauchlan, Kevin <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com<mailto:Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>> wrote:
I usually say "download" for any transfer from a server to a workstation or device, and "upload" for any transfer from a device or workstation to a server (or cloud, or other manifestation of the interweebs). So, there's an element of "greater to lesser" vs "lesser to greater" in how I classify.

After downloading a set of files from an FTP site to my laptop, it felt natural for me to then "download" those files to a handheld device connected to the laptop via USB, for the purpose of updating/upgrading that device.

My cow-orker disagrees and would say that anything going away from my computer is an upload, and anything toward the computer is a download, so copying files from the laptop to the device is an upload.

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