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]: What about...
by galvanash on Wed 25th Apr 2012 21:40 UTC in reply to "RE: What about..."
galvanash
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A Raspberry Pi seems huge overkill for network attached storage, plus it is not yet available for the masses. I'd take a simple Arduino board with uIP, even cheaper than a Pi and taking even less energy.


Maybe... I would be cheaper certainly. Personally I think what people would want is something that plugs into their network (i.e. has an ethernet jack) and automatically deals with their router (using uPNP). Maybe even wirelessly...

A Arduino with uIP does SLIP over the serial port doesn't it? I don't think that would be considered "plug and play" - you would have to connect it to a computer and then do all kinds of stuff to get it to play nicely with the computers firewall.

Also, it is really slow compared to a Raspberry Pi, like a few orders of magnitude slower. That and the only mass storage solution I know of for it uses SD Cards (using a shield) - but it only handles FAT16. On a Raspberry Pi you can use EXT2 or at least FAT32. You need long file name support at the least.

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