Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Apr 2012 17:39 UTC
Google Well, this has been a very, very long time in the making. Google has finally unveiled its big Dropbox competitor: Google Drive. You start with 5GB for free, and you can go all the way to 1TB for $50 per month. This is a big deal for many (if you were to use rumouring as a gauge), but all I can think of is this: why on earth would you entrust your files to a company - any company - whose sole interest is extracting money from you, and who, to boot, is subject to crazy American laws?
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RE[2]: Yeah, I don't get it either.
by jebb on Wed 25th Apr 2012 16:34 UTC in reply to "RE: Yeah, I don't get it either."
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It really depends on your usage case then. I have no interest in accessing my files from outside (can't from the company LAN, and don't have a smartphone), I really see the benefit of such services as a data safety system for these files I wouldn't bear to lose, with professional-grade redundancy and back-up strategy.

At the moment I store everything locally on a Qnap as well, and because I'm dreading the eventual demise of the hard drive I mirror it once a week on the machine I used to use as a server (which itself has a RAID-1). But it's not really a satisfying solution either, if only because of the fact that both computers sit in the same room '^^

I guess an alternative to a payed-for service in my case would be a backup buddy that I know I can trust, with a similar NAS, and setup a cron/rsync/ssh job to mirror my data on his box every night (and his data on my NAS reciprocally). Possibly with a version-control layer somewhere to avoid data loss due to "operator error".

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