Clogged Servers Delay Videos From Popular Flips

Christmas rush meant some videos didn't get posted for days

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The Flip Mino recharges through its USB port.
The Flip Mino recharges through its USB port.

Popularity has its price. Servers for sharing videos from the fast-selling Flip camcorders choked on Christmas clips, delaying the delivery of some for several days.

I know because I hit "send" repeatedly on Christmas morning, and nothing arrived at Grandma and Grandpa's house. I finally resorted to an upload to YouTube. It wasn't until Sunday that a flood of the original links arrived, one for each of the fruitless launches three days earlier.

A spokeswoman for the Flip's maker, Pure Digital, acknowledged today the company's servers "were strained for a short period." She added that the problem is resolved. "I guess there was a surge in video sharing over the holidays."

Maybe just a burp, but still a disappointing one for the Flip, whose whole pitch is simplicity in sharing videos.