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29 posts • joined 25 Feb 2011

Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray

TReko
Trollface

144dB Dynamic range

144dB - wow now I can hear the flutter of butterfly wings next to the space shuttle launch. Just what audiophiles needed!

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You'd better get out before the sync 'n' share bubble POPS

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Windows

Re: Turning a product into a feature?

It seems like Dropbox has realized this and is trying to add more features like Google Docs.

Sync is a feature, not a product.

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Google's Drive SLASH, secret 'big upgrade': Coincidence? HARDLY

TReko

Re: Good news, but still lagging behind the competition in features

There are third party clients that add lots of features to Google Drive. Syncdocs (http://syncdocs.com) does a good job of selective syncing, one-way backups and encryption.

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Just how solid is cloud storage in 2014

TReko

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.

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Backup software for HDD and Cloud

TReko

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

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Torvalds suggests poison and sabotage for ARM SoC designers

TReko

He tells it like it is

We need more like him, to cut through the BS of modern corporationdoublespeak

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Intel reveals new Haswell-based Chrome OS kit from old, new partners

TReko

NSA Approved

ChromeOS stores everything in Google's cloud: the lack of local storage = lack of privacy

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The Solar System's second-largest volcano found hiding on Earth

TReko

Hidden in plain site

Amazing what we're still discovering, so close to home.

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Google follows Amazon with auto-encryption of cloud data

TReko
Big Brother

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.

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CONFIRMED: Driverless cars to hit actual British roads by end of year

TReko

Next headline

Driverless cars to hit actual British pedestrian by end of year

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Cloud backups: Where's my get out of jail card?

TReko

Great Article

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.

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Asigra's Google Apps backup calms paranoid CIOs

TReko

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.

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Google Apps goes TITSUP for millions - users REJOICE on Twitter

TReko

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.

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P-P-P-Pick up our PENGUIN-POWERED Pi PIPER of Python

TReko

Infringement

Apple will be combing through it to sue you guys for Patent violations on music players!

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Drop Box and Dropbox, begs new sync 'n' share start-up

TReko

Vulture Advertorial?

What's new here?

How do they differ from other secure cloud solutions like SpiderOak or SyncDocs?

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So you broke our encrypted files? Ha! They were DOUBLY encrypted

TReko

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.

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'Google's crap for business' - CIOs give ad giant dose of reality

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Google has no support

Google provides zero support on their products. All you get are "community support forums"

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Vodafone Oz pulls claim of Android 4.1 emergency call problems

TReko

Vodaphone Oz is imcompetent

Mo one inside Vodafone Oz knows very much at all, except they want to work somewhere else...

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Skype: Nearly half of adults don't install software updates

TReko
Devil

Skype is bloatware

Skype has gone from being a compact, non-annoying phone app to buggy bloatware that eats 120M of memory at startup.

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South Africa and Australia to share SKA

TReko

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.

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Cloud mega-uploads aren't easy

TReko

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.

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Google drive cloud to rain on Apple, Dropbox parade

TReko

Already here

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.

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Pogoplug launches cloud sync'n'store service

TReko

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.

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Google failing to pay Android developers

TReko

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!

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iCloud.com goes live

TReko

Expensive!

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.

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Google Apps v Microsoft Office 365: Rumble in the enterprise

TReko

Online offline?

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.

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Amazon jumps the gun on free clouds

TReko

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.

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Google wheels (another) Trojan App inside Microsoft Office

TReko

Cloud No-connect?

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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