Category Archives: Dropbox

Choice of Cloud Utilities.

This is an email I have sent to my friends.
I have already sent you an invitation for you to join a cloud (open source) utility called EyeOS.
It is cute and it can be organized around your email.
I like it because of its simplicity.
I am into cloud computing and have tried three already with varying degree of complexity.
1. Dropbox is a commercial variant but its contract is bit dicey.
2. Ubuntu One is a good one with 5 GiB storage.
3. CloudSUB is elegant
4. JoliCloud is elaborate and from there only I found EyeOS.
5. EyeOS (this is a cloud desktop and a very thin client).
Is also a Web OS. I have a live CD called EyeNux which can be booted from a the Live CD with access to files in the hard disk for uploading.
Pick your choice.
In time to come all of us have to give up desktop and use cloud desktop and it is the way we have to shape. this will prevent one get hooked to Google’s tablets which is getting too commercial even though i supported its from the very beginning.
It keeps its android as proprietary (open Source though) making people to get fixed, somewhat similar to Microsoft.
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Update on Dropbox and Concerns

Current news and security lapses are bringing bad publicity to Dropbox.

I had all these concerns when I joined Dropbox but I had My Mast Plan (MMP).
When my friends join me I highlight MMP (My Master Plan) and state I share only Linux Images.
It is a convenient place to drop latest tit bits there and share.
In any case is I am following Linux Philosophy and share all the good things in my life with my friends except daily headaches.
What Dropbox does is takes headache out of context.
Very few people are web comfortable and competent especially at my age.
I have one advice for them
Unless you have become an universal philanthropist pleas do not drop your smelly pants (Like the IMF guys and girls) in the open.
The word encrypting is a jargon word and any encrypted word or words can unencrypted by the law enforcing officers.
But it takes a hell of a big time consuming job until one crack the coding.
We were a country (for the last 35 years and even now) because of the war secret service has the option of breaking into any private material.
This paranoia has gone into American mind set after WiKiLeaks and there are demanding the web services for free access of private material.
News of the World is a good example how one makes its circulation grow by illegal means.
Thank god that web came in and destroyed the monopoly these private institutions had for dirty tricks.
Web is still evolving but one has to realize if one opens an email account one has to be ready and sacrifice ones own privacy and identity for the greater good for self and the wider audience.
This is a very good philosophical question, should one share information or not?
In spite of all red herrings I go for sharing.
In my way of understanding Buddhist Philosophy, self does not exist now or after my death but people will only talk about all the bad things I did (I am not there to defend myself) and not the good things.
Man has not evolved into a higher state (in spite of massive law enforcing institutions) of mind as yet and probably will not unless one becomes selfless (which is highly unlikely).
When you share something one should use the wiser counsel, should I or should I not?
If you have answered that premise, very unlikely one is going to get into trouble by using Dropbox.
Bottom line do not put sensitive and valuable information in the public domain, if not hackers, the so called democratic government will have access to your information.
No true democracy has evolved yet, philosophically speaking.
In any case I will standby with Dropbox in difficult times and if they cannot I will start pulling out my hitherto not published (at least in the web) writing in one stroke of mine.
I think this discussion should go on for at least the next 5 years.
Something good will evolve out of it, if we respect human dignity unlike the Daily News Papers.
We took over private paper saying it is partisan and for the last 40 years we have not been able to free it from the government grip.
It is how democracy operates in this world and future too.
there are only two entities.
One who holds power.
The other who is subjected to that power.

Sadly, there is nothing in between.

Update on Dropbox

I do not like negative comments especially in regard to new enterprises taking effect from the ashes of Phoenix. This comment is a negative one but it does not belong to the enterprise concerned, the Dropbox. Dropbox is doing an excellent job to make cloud computing a worthwhile endeavour. Even if the the service provided is good but the infrastructure below its level of competence is poor like in the third world where download speed of the telecoms are in snail pace activity, I find it difficult to expand on virtues of cloud computing. I do not have a single photo or any videos in my folders but the Linux Iso image is taking ages to come back to it’s home compartment. I grabbed the idea of cloud computing to exchange Linux images especially new versions to share with my friends all over the globe but it looks like that experiment is going to have a natural but premature death. All this happened because I formatted my home compartment to install new version of Linux. I do this annually but this time delayed it for few months due toother important activities related to computing. Even though I copied everything in the Dropbox to a DVD (again except Linux images) I forgot (deliberate action of mine) to put my files back where they should be. Once I activated the Dropbox I did not have any control over synchronization. The Linux image is trying its best to come to its home but the telecoms and its speed is the stumbling block to rapid synchronization. In future I would delete all the heavy files and let synchronization to take effect and format my home partition if I decide to do so. If I leave the home partition intact this problem might not happen but formatting home partition to get rid of all junk files is a routine that I use to bypass the failed CRON jobs. I hope Dropbox gives me some control over hopelessly slow downloads (If I can arrest this automatic synchronization after 24 hours, it will help the Dropbox team too). Mind you uploads are even slower, so putting a Linux image back into its place is also not an option left for me. I vaguely remember the Linux image but that is also blessing in disguise. Point to point download or upload is not an option but something in the make of Torrents is the way forward for Dropbox. For that to be effective Dropbox needs to have more split servers all over the globe with split images of large files. At least they should offer that service for premium customers who paid for the extra payload in space (I mean cloud space which takes physical space of a server). Will they go for it, only a wishful thinking of mine, I do not know.

What if I format my hard disk home partition with dropbox in it?

What if I format my hard disk with Dropbox in it?

Well it leaves behind lot of bad taste if one has a big file like a Linux image in it.

It is now three days it has not yet synchronized or downloaded back into my folder and has significantly slowed down the point to point downloading!

It is my habit to format my hard disk leaving sometimes home partition intact towards the end of the year but this year I waited till March to do that since some of the Linux Distribution new versions are released around that time.
What would happen to my Dropbox content if I format my hard disk.
I did not have a clue?
What I did was to save all the contents (Copy them to a DVD) in my Dropbox (which was little over 2GiB) except the 2 Linux images I have saved there.
Then I completely forgot about restoring my Dropbox to its original content.

Then just to see what is up there I logged into Dropbox but I could see nothing in my folder.

So disappointed I went on with my work and later hovered over Dropbox icon on my desktop panel to see it is downloading the files back to the Dropbox folder.
With over 1700 files it indicated it might takes 7 days to download the entire content.
Well it was not a shock of the day for me.
It took 7 days, 7 hours and 7 minutes to download Debian Multi DVD and my Dropbox folder took 7 days I can take it sitting upright not lying down.
My only worry was I was downloading the last 1.4 GiB of Supreme Super Gamer (0f 8 GiB in total) and it would adversely effect the completion of the download.
Mind you I was downloading Pollipix which was at snail pace.
Quickly stopped other Torrents downloads from the queue and went to sleep.
It was not something I am going to worry except I have to keep my computer running overnight (not day time, which is even slower).

Got up early in the morning the My DAY Holiday (unlike workers who are never on work on working days in this country but fully worked up today) doing something or finishing something not finished intellectually was my intention and I looked at the Dropbox to see it had downloaded all except two images.

While I was typing this Puppy (Wary) was completed and the other Linux image which is over 1 GiB would be downloaded in its own time.

But to my surprise the net effect on my Torrent download was about 250 MiB (usually 1.0 GiB overnight but today 750 MiB).

That I can live with it with painfully slow download speed in this country and I am not going to pay enormous amount in addition to Peo TV and the ADSL (which they fail to keep optimum contractual obligations) for a little bit of extra pace on download speed.

If politicians are slow here especially after holidays so can I be!

So synchronization does work but that depends on the download speed of the link you have.

Whole idea of having the Dropbox was to keep some live images there for my friends to share but I am reconsidering my wisdom on this issue and thinking on having a Light Weight Dropbox Folder or delete all the heavy files before formatting the hard disk.
Even the problem here is I have several computers and in which computer I keep my Dropbox Folder active.
Certainly not in my laptop.
In any case i believe the Dropbox has a way of synchronizing like in Torrents to the last second and start at the point I switched off the computer.
This is a question I post to all the Cloud Hosting Companies out there.
Have you got the correct solution without compromising my downloads.
In my case I was smart enough to give a rest to the Dropbox when I was doing (mission critical activity-the catch phrase of the corporate complainers) my last few downloads that is also the games and not mission critical in any sense but me have to wait few ours more to play a game or two on my Weekend or the May DAY Holiday!

LinuxExtras-CloudOS-JoliOS-09

Cloud computing and Cloud OS had been one of my interests for some time.

To begin with I started with Dropbox which is a nice way to share ones data with friends especially those who are away and abroad.

I use it to deposit Linux images in the shared folder.

Similarly friends from abroad can have their folders shared with me.
Idea was to promote Linux.

But cloud computing is of a different order altogether.
When one is on travel and does not have a netbook or laptop (which is an added burden when on the move) Cloud Os come to your service.

One has to carry the OS in a CD or Pendrive (I have not tried this with a Pendrive yet).

The Cloud OS (Joli OS and Jolly Cloud are its other names) let you do this.

I downloaded version 1.0 and for one reason or the other I could not run it even though I registered with their web site.

Then I downloaded Joli Os version 1.1 (Live CD) and booted it up but I could not get the link with the Cloud Service, even though I tried to register with them.
Disappointed I gave up.
Today I downloaded version 1.2 from Linux tracker. It was a quick download with many seeders all over the world.
Booted it up and (I could not boot up with my previous email) I registered with another email address after some considerable delay I was up an running and was in link with world wide web.
There were lot of applications but I could not find the Dropbox.
So after some fiddling (It lets you add other cloud applications) I added dropbox and could sign up with Dropbox and open my folders.

These two applications One a Live OS on a CD, the other Dropbox registration make you travel light and even if you forget your laptop instantly get in touch with the outside world (with your current data in the cloud) if the friend you stay with lets you boot your Joli OS 1.2.
Joli OS lets you boot with  guest logging by request of its previous users.
I have no hesitiation of using these two for my work and recommend anybody to try it.
The learning curve is the only limitation.

It can be installed in an isolated OS in computer and the procedure is bit complicated and you are advised to visit the home page and follow instruction. One needs a Flash drive for that.