[kwlug-disc] Cloud services

Bob Jonkman bjonkman at sobac.com
Fri Apr 4 16:31:40 EDT 2014


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CrankyOldBugger wrote:
> I can't help but think that we're comparing apples and oranges
> here.

That's sort of the point. Having a direct head-to-head comparison of
products that deliver the same service through different means would
be instructive, and possibly entertaining[1].

- --Bob

[1] WordPress/Drupal Smackdown with Sean Yo and James Schumann:
http://www.meetup.com/waterloo-wellington-webmakers/events/14467142/
or Sean Yo and Andrew Berry http://fsoss.senecac.on.ca/2011/node/73



On 14-04-04 03:44 PM, CrankyOldBugger wrote:
> We have to be careful to remember that there's a difference
> between an online cloud service like ownCloud, Dropbox, OneDrive,
> etc., and running a "cloud" in your own home.  One is public, one
> is private, each with advantages and disadvantages, but I can't
> help but think that we're comparing apples and oranges here.
> 
> 
> 
> On 4 April 2014 15:38, Bob Jonkman <bjonkman at sobac.com> wrote:
> 
> Perhaps we can have a shootout between ownCloud and DS Cloud at a 
> future KWLUG meeting....
> 
> --Bob.
> 
> 
> 
> On 14-04-04 03:35 PM, CrankyOldBugger wrote:
>>>> With all the talk lately on the web about GDrive dropping 
>>>> their prices, Dropbox looking at files and Ubuntu closing 
>>>> Ubuntu One, I've been looking at an alternative (I currently 
>>>> have Skydrive/Onedrive, GDrive and a purchased Dropbox 
>>>> account.)
>>>> 
>>>> One thing that never occurred to me until recently was that
>>>> my NAS box (a Synology 412+) comes with a "cloud" software
>>>> package called DS Cloud.  You set up the server software
>>>> accordingly, then install client software on your client
>>>> machines.  I've set it up on my work laptop and my personal
>>>> laptop.
>>>> 
>>>> So far so good.  One problem I had was I wasn't paying 
>>>> attention at the server side and didn't notice that my
>>>> videos and music folders were set to be monitored by the DS
>>>> Cloud. The software makes its own copy of everything when
>>>> it's indexing so I actually had my server's hard disks fill
>>>> up and seize when it made duplicates of these two folders.
>>>> That was nasty. I had to uninstall the cloud software then go
>>>> manually clean out the index folders.
>>>> 
>>>> One downside of running my own cloud server is that if the 
>>>> house burns down, I don't have any offsite copies of
>>>> anything (assuming I close down my GDrive, Dropbox, etc.)
>>>> 
>>>> A positive side is that nobody is going to be rifling
>>>> through my files like Dropbox has apparently been doing with
>>>> some users.
>>>> 
>>>> I'll try to put my experiences with running my own cloud 
>>>> server into better words once I've had a bit more practice
>>>> with the operation.  But I wanted to post this in case anyone
>>>> else is concerned about online cloud storage options.
>>>> 
>>>> 
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