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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ownCloud
by Sebast on Tue 24th Apr 2012 17:53 UTC
Sebast
Member since:
2012-04-24

Seems like you want ownCloud. Same features as Dropbox but on your own machine. It´s a bit buggy sometimes but works great most of the time.

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RE: ownCloud
by galvanash on Tue 24th Apr 2012 17:55 in reply to "ownCloud"
galvanash Member since:
2006-01-25

There is also GoodSync:

http://www.goodsync.com/

I'm not endorsing it - in fact I didn't know it existed until 5 minutes ago. But it sure sounds like what Thom described.

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RE: ownCloud
by tessmonsta on Tue 24th Apr 2012 18:35 in reply to "ownCloud"
tessmonsta Member since:
2009-07-16

Just what I was thinking. Didn't they just launch a commercial service too?

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RE: ownCloud
by flypig on Tue 24th Apr 2012 18:44 in reply to "ownCloud"
flypig Member since:
2005-07-13

I'd also like to recommend ownCloud. I can't claim to be particularly experienced with Apache, but after only five minutes ownCloud was up and running on it and so far has worked beautifully.

There are some downsides though. The 'A' in ADSL means even a fast connection is likely to have slow upload speeds (which translate to slow download speeds when using ownCloud).

Another problem with local Internet storage is that it may not be a great idea for backups (better to store these remotely). A backup tool that locally encrypts before uploading to Google Drive would be good. Does anyone know the right tools for this?

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RE[2]: ownCloud
by jgagnon on Thu 26th Apr 2012 17:45 in reply to "RE: ownCloud"
jgagnon Member since:
2008-06-24

You could store files in a small-ish TrueCrypt volume. You'd have to dismount the volume before it would sync, though (obviously).

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RE: ownCloud
by jabbotts on Wed 25th Apr 2012 15:34 in reply to "ownCloud"
jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

Interesting.. if this is equivalent to SpiderOak pointing back at my own server then definately worth looking at. Have to see how the client behaves once the back end is setup I guess.

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RE: ownCloud
by bbright on Fri 27th Apr 2012 23:22 in reply to "ownCloud"
bbright Member since:
2009-12-25

Thanks for the idea. PcLinuxOS has it in the Synaptic Software Manager. Looks like it's time to dig out an old pc out of the closet and experiment!

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