26 posts • joined 25 Feb 2011
Relibility and Lock-in
The outages throughout the year might have been rare, but left a feeling of vulnerability to the AGA cloud giants. It is good to have a backup of the data in the cloud, whether it be on another cloud (like DejaSync) or locally (like SyncDocs)
I'm slightly suspicious of all the free consumer apps like SkyDrive or Dropbox. Once these companies have your data they have you locked in, and are unlikely to change when they start charging.
SyncDocs and SyncToy
I backup to Google Drive and also locally. Two backups are better than one. Local is always faster, too.
Syncdocs backs up everything to and from Google Drive. It works on external drives and network paths. It can also encrypt sensitive folders and allows scheduling. http://syncdocs.com
SyncToy is good for local backups, is free, and has all the options you will need to backup and restore stuff to an external hard drive. http://www.microsoft.com/en-au/download/details.aspx?id=15155
He tells it like it is
We need more like him, to cut through the BS of modern corporationdoublespeak
ChromeOS stores everything in Google's cloud: the lack of local storage = lack of privacy
Hidden in plain site
Amazing what we're still discovering, so close to home.
Re: Encryption needs to be on the client side to be secure
exactly - if you don't control the encryption then it is as good as plaintext.
What sort of attacks is this cloud encryption meant to prevent? Why are they only using 128bit AES?
I use Google Drive, which is likely not the same as Google Storage. Everything sensitive I store on Google Drive gets run through Syncdocs first to AES256 encrypt it.
Driverless cars to hit actual British pedestrian by end of year
Someone needs to say this, as the small print of all cloud services I've seen, no one guarantees backups.
We use Google Apps a lot and have been saved by a small utility called Syncdocs which backs up everything on Google to our local servers every night. Google loses data now and then, although they won't admit it.
For the braver souls there is "Backupify" which backs up all your Google Apps to Amazon.
Cloud to Server Backup
I'm suspicious of these cloud-to-cloud solutions. If something goes wrong with the network, you're out. There can also be juristictional problems if you ever need the data back.
We use the Syncdocs http://syncdocs.com app to backup our Google Apps customers to their own desktops or servers.
As for the market forces, cloud vendors are going to charge you just enough to make you move. Market forces mean they'd be bad businesspeople to charge a huge amount less.
Local copies are essential. My Google Drive is backed up with the syncdocs.com service which makes full local copies, not just shortcuts, of everything on Google.
Apple will be combing through it to sue you guys for Patent violations on music players!
What's new here?
How do they differ from other secure cloud solutions like SpiderOak or SyncDocs?
Double or nothing?
We use Syncdocs to encrypt all our Google Drive files. Nothing leaves my computer for Google Drive that isn't AES256 encrypted. If you need to share the data, you'll need to ask me for the key.
Google has no support
Google provides zero support on their products. All you get are "community support forums"
Vodaphone Oz is imcompetent
Mo one inside Vodafone Oz knows very much at all, except they want to work somewhere else...
Skype is bloatware
Skype has gone from being a compact, non-annoying phone app to buggy bloatware that eats 120M of memory at startup.
No word on real numbers: how much money does RSA get and how much Aus/NZ?
Looking through the brief, RSA won, Aus just got a consolation prize.
Try importing to Google Apps
We had the same problem moving our data to Google Apps. At least Amazon provides (for a large fee) the ability to ship them drives. Uploading 100's of Gigs of data to Google proved impossible via their web software. Luckily, we discovered is a third party app, Syncdocs http://syncdocs.com, that does reliable migration of huge data sets to Google Drive.
The cost of migrating data will provide a new vendor lock-in, just like Microsoft locked us in with Office file formats.Once they have all your data, you're stuck.
Google already has a g drive app in the form of Syncdocs. It only works for Docs though, Picassa, music and mail all in one place would be way better.
Way better options
There are lots of free services. If you want more reliability, Google Docs is hard to beat:
20G for $5 per year
80G for $20 per year
all the way to 1TB.http://www.reghardware.com/Design/graphics/icons/comment/go_32.png
Just use a sync app like the free syncdocs.com to morph Google Docs into a drive.
Apple's iCloud still has Steve Jobs' reality distortion field aroun the pricing.
Non UK and USA
Google checkout still only supports UK and USA only.
Android devs can hack payments, but this is a huge problem for anyone working with Google who does not live in US or UK!
Google sells extra storage too. 20GB costs $5 per year vs Apple's $40.
Add in Gmail, Google Docs, Calendar, use something like syncdocs.com to do the file sync, and you have the iCloud already, working at 15% of the cost. No Apple prettiness, though.
We use Google Docs and MS Office. Neither is going away, and both have advantages and problems.
Cloud connect sucks, though, and we use Syncdocs (http://www.syncdocs.com) to collaborate properly between the two Office suites.
The Google spreadsheet program is a notch above useless, Excel users will never switch.
Has anyone read the T&C's??
The legalise is scary: In summary:
1. we are going to hit your credit card with upgrade fees
2. we can look at your files
All your data are belong to us!
Heres a few of my favourites:
4.3.Automatic Renewal. UNLESS YOU NOTIFY US BEFORE RENEWAL THAT YOU WANT TO CANCEL OR DO NOT WANT TO AUTO RENEW, YOUR SERVICE PLAN WILL AUTOMATICALLY RENEW AT THE END OF ITS TERM FOR A NEW SERVICE PLAN, AND YOU AUTHORIZE US (WITHOUT NOTICE TO YOU) TO COLLECT THE THEN-APPLICABLE FEE AND ANY TAXES FOR THE RENEWAL PLAN, USING ANY CREDIT CARD WE HAVE ON RECORD FOR YOU. SERVICE PLAN FEES AND FEATURES WILL CHANGE FROM TIME TO TIME.
Which alligns nicely with…
4.4.Promotional and Trial Offers. We may offer trial Service Plans or promotional Service Plans ("Promotional Plans") for access to the Service. Some Promotional Plans may automatically upgrade to a paid Service Plan at its regular price at the end of the promotional or trial period unless you choose not to upgrade by using the means we provide you to do so. If you sign up for a Promotional Plan THAT AUTOMATICALLY UPGRADES, UNLESS YOU chOose not to upgrade, we will charge your credit card the applicable Service fee at the end of the term of the Promotional Plan. Specific terms of Promotional Plans will be provided with the plans.
It gets better,
5.2.Our Right to Access Your Files. You give us the right to access, retain, use and disclose your account information and Your Files: to provide you with technical support and address technical issues; to investigate compliance with the terms of this Agreement, enforce the terms of this Agreement and protect the Service and its users from fraud or security threats; or as we determine is necessary to provide the Service or comply with applicable law.
5.3.Security. We do not guarantee that Your Files will not be subject to misappropriation, loss or damage and we will not be liable if they are. You're responsible for maintaining appropriate security, protection and backup of Your Files.
After using this for a while, I see Microsoft has nothing to worry about.
You have to use ONLY Microsoft Office. If you open a file online, then you can no longer open it in Microsoft, and no longer collaborate with other users.
Classic bait and switch!
Other products like Memeo and Syncdocs offer working Google to Microsoft connection and Mac support.
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