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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galvanash
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2006-01-25

To get the data redundancy and such, you'd likely need a drop-pi module that lets' it talk to S3 or similar hosted storage providers. Your little cloud needs a cloud-daddy or you may as well just carry a USB for all the benefit your gaining.


For a home user that just wants to get to their files and maybe share them with others? I don't think data redundancy even makes the top 20 for needed features. Besides, redundancy is sort of already built in - every device that is synced has a copy of the data. They will likely have a home computer - they setup it up to sync with the device and they have redundancy - not automatic recovery of course, but still.

The benefit (as opposed to a USB stick) is that you can access the files remotely (and you can give others access to those files as well). Its folder sync - that's all it really needs to be at first.

There is of course nothing really keeping you from implementing such a feature. You could pretty easily store a copy in S3, even encrypted. I just don't think it is something that most people would actually care much about.

Edited 2012-04-25 16:49 UTC

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