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Archive for the ‘’ Category replacement – which one to choose?

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/03/23

As will go down on 20160501 (about 6 weeks from now), I’m searching for alternatives.

These tables weren’t really useful when digging information for my use cases:

Use cases

This is how we use (where our installed machines have Windows, Mac OS X and Linux on them) now:

  1. Sync and share between our scanner VM, the various machines of my wife and me (using the different accounts for each user) and including off-site/in-cloud storage.
    This holds for about 20 gigabytes of data and grows about 1.5-2 gigabytes per year.
  2. Sync project documents between various business contacts and myself (the documents that aren’t part of versioning systems yet).
    Not much data yet (100s of megabytes as most people tend to use DropBox for this even though has the option of setting permissions)
  3. Sync and share my BIN directory tree with tools where my own user has read/write permissions and other users have read-only permissions.
    This holds for about 2 gigabytes of data.
  4. Sync and share my installer directory (ISOs, MSIs, DMGs, etc) between my main Mac and Windows machines and various other ones.
    This holds for about 40 gigabytes of data and grows faster than any of the others.

Dropbox doesn’t cut it for various reasons:

  1. It sucks at long filenames (especially on Windows).
  2. It won’t properly handle various encodings (like between Windows and Mac).
  3. Often it hangs on local-sync (although also does that, but less often).

What to choose?

On my shortlist to experiment with are Google Drive and, although it’s not clear if handles syncing well (Ken Logon thinks it looses data) and it’s security might not be good (although that’s a statement by Kim Dotcom who has stakes).

Any others? Or should I choose a mix of tooling?

Tencent/Weiyun might be useful for ISO images of installers (like the ISOs MSDN doesn’t have any more): Download Tencent/Weiyun 10TB cloud storage english language files


PS: later (20160402) via KPN stopt 1 augustus met cloudopslagdienst Up – IT Pro – Nieuws – Tweakers

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It was fun while it lasted: Barracuda Copy – Copy End-of-Life

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/02/05

Copy had some advantages and disadvantages. For instance, it was better handling long file names, character encodings in filenames and a lot easier to configure over a CNTLM proxy than DropBox, but unlike DropBox didn’t keep history of changes.

Alas no more as of 20160501: [WayBack] Barracuda Copy – Copy End-of-Life.

They suggest using [WayBackMover with OneDrive as target: [WayBackBarracuda Copy – Moving Your Data from Copy

Note that Mover has many more connectors, including cloud storage ones (Box, Copy, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive and Yandex.Disk are free):

[WayBack] Connectors • Mover: FTP, Dropbox, Box, GoogleDrive, Copy, Egnyte, Amazon S3, SharePoint, MySQL the list goes on!

For me it means it’s time to think about what kinds of cloud storage I want to use and how to share what data with others at which access level. As I’m already contemplating on how to use ZFS, I now have two storage concepts to think about.


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Read the new DropBox Terms of Service, and consider opting out of the new “Forced Arbitration” section (via: @Consumerist)

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/02/26

If you use DropBox, you might want to consider to opt out from the new “Forced Arbitration” part of their revised Terms of Service.

This is why: Why You Should Opt Out Of Forced Arbitration, In 3 Sentences – Consumerist.

Or switch to which offers more storage, and not such a legal limitation in their ToS.

Though the 2 gigabyte Twitter promotion has ended, they do give you: Read the rest of this entry »

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Anyone that knows what “peer sync token could not be validated” in means? @CopyApp

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/02/13

I got the message “peer sync token could not be validated” in the Windows app while accepting a share from another user.

The only Google search hit was Malwr – Malware Analysis by Cuckoo Sandbox.

Anyone has seen that message before?

After I’ve requested a new share half an hour later, and that one worked.


Posted in, Power User, SocialMedia | 4 Comments » can recover files, not from the web, but from the Windows and Mac UI (via Can I recover deleted files? : Copy)

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/01/09

Didn’t know this was possible in In DropBox this is a breeze in the Web interface (full history of all files is accessible) but I always try to be better safe than sorry:

The Windows and Mac OS X user interfaces of the tool can undelete files though: Can I recover deleted files? : Copy.

Good to know, as eventually I’m probably going to need this.


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