Feb 182011

LGSZJX: (document construction continuing) service (economic) to share electronic file/folders across the Internet, potentially also called “Internet file/folder sharing service”

  1. LGTTX2: Using 1 to ~3 of these services seems the way to go for most due to their features.

    1. LGTTTF: Most means for an individual home all the way to a medium-sized organization/business, and likely in teams/departments of a large organization/business.
  2. LH03RT: 20 Notable Services & Software-to-access

    1. LH0IQE: table
      LH0IS6: name URL V a “virtual
      O Source
      Win Mac Linux
      LH03TA: Dropbox Dropbox.com infinite 1? 1? 0 0 1 1 1
      LH03VD: SugarSync SugarSync.com 5 0? 1 0 0 1 1 soon
      LH03WH: Wuala some; infinite? 1 ? 1 0 1 1 1
      LH03ZB: Evernote Evernote.com some 0 0 0 0 1 1 ?
      LH041K: OfficeDrop.com some? 0? 0? 1 0
      LH043F: SpiderOak.com some; infinite? 1 ? 0 soon 1
      LH043U: SMEStorage.com ? 1 ? 1 0 1
      LH0478: Gladinet.com 1 ? 1 0 1 0 0
      LH08QZ: JungleDisk.com 1 ? 1 1 1 1
      LH0BL1: panic.com/transmit 1 0 1 0
      LH0BY2: Egnyte.com 1
      LH0HD5: FilesAnywhere.com 1
      LH0HFV: Box.Net 1 0
      LH0AIG: Cloudberry Backup
      for WHS
      some; infinite? “Coming soon
      ..Virtual Disk
      LH0H88: DriveHQ.com 0 1 0 0
      LH08XY: Cyberduck.Ch 0 0 0 1 1 1 1
      LH0H3X: DragonDisk.com
      formerly JamDisk.com
      0 0 1 1 1 1
      LH0L0U: ADrive.com only 7 days 1 (WebDAV) 0 0 1 1 1
      LH0LWY: Rackspace Cloud Drive
      –“Powered by JungleDisk
      Workgroup” so see that
      LH0NW3: ZumoDrive some; infinite? 1 1 1 0 1 1 1
      LH0O5Q: Crashplan more versions of newer files and fewer versions over time;
      keeps your deleted files forever
      1 1 0? 1 1 1
      LH0L7F: more to come
      1. LH0IEY: V=offers versioning.
      2. LH0II4: O=can/does store to storage outside its own
    2. LH0BEX: Used for generating the above list, additional leads may possibly be found at:
      1. LH0LL5: (fully searched):
        1. LH0AOL: http://flvmate.com/blog/top-8-tools-manage-your-amazon-s3-account –fully searched for entries for the above list.
        2. LH0FLA: http://drivehq.com/help/features/defaultStorage.aspx?service=storage&from=storage
      2. LH0LN6: (being searched):
        1. LH0MUS: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_online_backup_services –impressive
        2. LH0OMR: http://macworld.com/article/142606/2009/09/online_backup.html
        3. LH0BQ9: Google Search[(online OR cloud) virtual drive] – currently being searched to generate the above list.
  3. LH03ME: Features:

    LGTUGA: Virtually every such service provides (else promises to provide) for general electronic file/folders,

    1. LH04C1: Online storage, increasingly cloud-storage

    2. LH04EN: Read & write & organizing access (to this storage)

      1. LH053S: on most any platform (desktop/laptop computer & often mobile devices),
        1. LH04FO: via web browser (on most any platform) AND
        2. LH052N: sometimes via a special program/app (supplied with the service)
        3. and

      2. LH04IC: on at least the platforms of desktop/laptop computer & sometimes a web hosting account,
        1. LH04TA: it has provides these 2 exciting features:
          1. LH0FQG: Allows ordinary programs (e.g., Adobe Illustrator, Picasa, etc) including programs which have no idea about online storage to read & write & organize the online data just as if was only on the local hard drive; consequently:
          2. LH0GN2: It gives one the ability to store most all one’s electronic files & folders here primarily online, rather than on the local hard drive (else with a synced full copy online, not just on the local hard drive).
            1. LH0GQ7: If there are  electronic files & folders for which this can’t be done, they will generally be stuff not stored in the user’s “My Documents” folder (as program settings, cache data from downloads & indexing), but this data is likely/hopefully regenerable (as cache & search indexes) else not critical (as much program settings). Some do allow this data to be captured as well (if you know where it is & what needs capturing it).
        2. LH0FN3: Via a “virtual drive” or folder sync:
          1. LH05BP: a “virtual drive” aka “map/mount network drive/folder” meaning an ordinary filesystem folder (and possibly: on Windows via a drive letter (as “X:” drive) and on Unix via a mount point)  (but the local hard drive contains just a cache; the master data is online!),
            1. LH0MY3: aka “NetDrive” in Wikipedia.
          2. LH0FU1: Folder sync: local folders which are kept in sync with online folders.
            1. LH0N3K: Seemingly aka “Sync” in Wikipedia.
            2. LH0N2N: Compared to a “virtual drive”, this has this notable drawbacks:
              1. LH0FXC: One must know & specify all which will need to be downloaded:
                1. LH0FYJ: Either a local copy must be a full copy of the online data (which could take a long time to download; and there may not always be space, especially on a mobile device or on a something (as a netbook) with a small hard drive)
                2. LH0FZF: Xor where a local copy is missing item(s) (electronic file/folder(s) which are online), programs running will fail (~”item found”) when they try to access this data  (a user must know the problem, and request this data be downloaded & synced in advance) unless (the very rare case) of a program coded to know to do this.
              2. LH0GF2: Easily poor utilization of computing resources. Having to manually know what to keep local & to pull it down & to free it, the user will almost always request more data locally (likely a lot more data) than is really necessary, which wastes local space to store it, bandwidth to download it, plus time to check it for changes.
      3. LH05G7: As could then be inferred, this access which is a very powerful as it means all sorts of data can be stored & shared in the online storage (often most all a person’s electronic file/folder) giving it all these 7 IT essentials.
    3. LGTWWG: 7 IT essentials (immediate else long-term)

      1. LGTTZZ: of (from roughly most to least important)
        1. LGTUDO: backup with very easy (indeed usually trivial) recovery if a device or data is lost or gets broken/corrupted
        2. LGTUDY: sharing of data (read & WRITE) between users while still keeping the data private to whom you desire including even allowing you to remove accessors
        3. LGTWN5: versioning of data
          1. LGTXYI: becomes typically essential whenever there could be even just 1 editor who is untrained/untrusted/unknown. The most notable example, Wikipedia couldn’t exist without versioning (& related) being fully done.
        4. LGTULB: often fast & indexed Search (including of contents) of all your data
          1. LGTXVJ: essential when there is a lot of data or it’s not well organized
        5. LGTUFJ: synchronization of multiple devices
          1. LGTXRM: essential for data sharing between multiple users when the shared data is a lot of bytes (such as video, significant text, and perhaps audio) so is cached for good performance
          2. LGTXQN: important for just one person if s/he uses multiple devices (as mobile phone & personal computer), which is of increasing fashion now
        6. LGTXIL: often wide-multi-platform support
          1. LGTXMQ: essential when, in small organizations, a person couldn’t insist (as buy) the same hardware for someone, and
          2. LGTXN3: often very-helpful if not essential to assure the designers of the system well-thought out & worked out their solution
        7. LGTWYX: often scalability (or promise of it) to have hundreds of users accessing (as reading) the same file at the same instant (a benefit of true cloud storage)
          1. LGTXNQ: essential when an organization or even an individual comes up something that has high simultaneous popularity (such as goes viral, or is broadcast on TV or radio)
      2. LGTWX0: and
        1. LGTX35: combine and integrate these and
        2. LGTX3C: make having & doing them remarkably simple & easy (even though before they were hard & time-consuming (especially backup & versioning), typically requiring hiring professional IT administrators else simply not having them well-done.
    4. LGTUN5: as a data hosting service, requires no hardware (as a server)

      1. LH05OQ: which costs considerably, as one would need to buy, upgrade, get appropriate software for, backup, & maintain, & keep continuously online via a fast network connection.
    5. LGTY3V: easily offer notably more data safety than just backup or a backup-service alone

      1. LH05PY: as the synchronization & sharing services are then always testing the backing service
        1. LGTY71: as since the service enables users to easily operate on multiple devices (so then they do), it much more readily becomes obvious to a user when certain data (as settings) is not getting synchronized (so not getting backed up) and motivates the user to correct that (otherwise, it would probably never be discovered that this data wasn’t getting backed up until a major failure, else
    6. LGTWXX: rapidly replacing online backup services (as Mozy, Carbonite)

      1. LGTX6D: as
        1. LGTX88: these typically addressed just the 1st essential (backup) and MAYBE versioning (thru an often-awkward recovery procedure) though often lacked that (as famous Carbonite) or just went back just 30 or 45 days (Mozy) and MAYBE sharing (though often lacked that, too) but virtually never content-search,
        2. LGTXFA: typically weren’t the smoothest-integrated in these features and
        3. LGTXFF: usually offer easy recovery & synchronization
      2. LGTSI9: which were themselves replacing DIY backup systems (one of the best, Retrospect).


  4. LGTSHO: one’s choice of service seems a choice which is

    1. LGTSKU: a very important as in an increasingly electronic-data world (where it’s more important and increasingly replacing paper), as

      1. LGTT5X: much or potentially all one’s electronic data could get (and would probably need to get) stored in this service
      2. LGTSL4: but that puts the person’s and other users of the is data at real risk if it turns out
        1. LGTSPH: the data format isn’t really extensible to general purpose needs
        2. LGTSVD: the system isn’t technically and/or economically
          1. LGTSY8: scalable to more than just a few users
          2. LGTSX4: usable in all common situations well (on various platforms, now also including mobile phones)
        3. LGTSZP: you want to move to another provider (or must, due to the reasons mentioned above) but there is no way to fully export all your data, unless you paid someone to do a lot of programming (or bought an expensive conversion tool) or it may be simply impossible.
        4. LGTTDU: all of which are things which are easily not discovered until months later after using the service and considerable data has been put into it: accidentally or deliberately the service tricked you: you were promised & maybe got a lot of foreplay, but you ended up getting no action! (and that’s a very weak analogy: a better analogy would be being trapped: data lock in).
    2. LGTTEI: hard to evaluate & choose, as

      1. LGTTL7: the market is new
      2. LGTTLG: the technology is evolving (everyone does it technically a bit different)
      3. LGTTLP: you can easily get ripped off some places (both economically & technically)
      4. LGTTMB: companies can & do & will go out of business
      5. LGTTQB: each choice has dozens of desirable/essential attributes needed but often times these are questions which are unobvious plus getting the answer is not easy (as well as just keeping track/remembering all the answers for each service)
      6. LGTTQP: there are dozens notable of choices
  5. LGSZKN: ~60 Desirable/essential attributes, roughly from most to least important for the SOHO or home user:

    1. LGTRX4: about (these features)

      1. LGTRXC: I plan to put into a comparison table to compare along with each service, and ideally rate each service by a weighted average.
        1. LH032T: This table should be fairly big: about 18 Notable Services & Software-to-access each rated by ~60 Desirable/essential attributes: 1080 data values!
        2. LH0LGB: Due to its size & complexity, I hope to generate it from a lower-level source; more details on this soon.
      2. LGTS0H: In the meantime, each service, if we’ve written about it, will/should be it’s own post on this site.
      3. LGTS8J: to minimize data entry,
        1. LGTS6H: each service will only  included on this site if it’s being considered: seems possible towards meeting all these criteria (so has several good points) and/or is heavily talked about on the web or elsewhere.,
        2. LGTSAI: being included itself says that it’s being considered (has something going for it). The post will primarily highlight any potential or actual weak points that might remove it from consideration, since there are presently dozens of services to consider.
    2. LGSZLF: Fair price; as for 100GB (a reasonably heavy 1-person user)

      1. LGT2ZV: no more than ~$.30/GB/mo aka not much more than Dropbox at $.20/GB/mo
      2. LGU42G: no less than The lowest realistic cost for storage with real-time offsite duplication: currently ~$.0066/GB/mo (excluding computing & networking) plus free inactive storage.
      3. LGT32A: not so cheap they’d go out of business.
        1. LGT3SL: too cheap (including giving away too much free) is a real concern. Around 2005 I uploaded about 20GB of CDs to a company Streamload (2007 snapshot) who gave this (and more) space away for free, and then a year or so later suddenly  in 1 week they were out of business and all my data was gone (“The Linkup‘s 8 August 2008 failure, one of the most serious of its kind, resulted in permanent loss of data for around 20,000 paying customers[13]says Wikipedia) –fortunately, foreseeing this could happen from first hearing of their almost unreal deal (~25GB for free), the only data I entrusted there was just back up copies of CDs I had, so 0 loss to me (other than just the time to back them up); but it seems thousands of users weren’t so cautions and got hurt bad
      4. LGU8AG: Google’s prices for cloud storage (which is usable to the end-user, not say some S3 format)
        1. LGT3M4: Google sells their apparent-cloud storage to individuals at $.02/GB/mo (only 3x the price of the lowest realistic DIY solution which doesn’t include computing & networking which Google would) but that’s likely only because they’re pretty rich so can safely afford this (I suspect they’re doing this at a loss);
        2. LGU8BD: for businesses Google sells the same thing at ~$.29/GB/mo.
    3. LGT264: Reasonable read & write performance

      1. LGT1S4: over a ~300Kbps Internet connection
      2. LGT23Y: on a device which only has a 100MB of extra storage but must access gigabytes of data (by caching)
    4. LGT1FG: Preserves

      1. LGT1M2: for both files and (folders as a lower priority) per electronic file/folder
        1. LH02W0: A file of size up to say 4.7GB (a min-capacity DVD). Max file size?
      2. LGT1IS: current contents (must be yes)
      3. LGT1I3: last modification date
      4. LGT03K: prior versions
        1. LGT04G: if desired, all prior versions are kept
        2. LGT05J: if desired, prior versions cannot be deleted, else cannot be deleted without especial approval (as a special password) from the owner
        3. LGZV52: if desired, a deleted file/folder kept indefinitely (else how long?)
      5. LGT1GG: file/folder metadata stored alongside each file/folder as an additional stream at the OS level
      6. LGT1NX: creation date (lower priority)
    5. LGU94H: Search

      1. LGU9CM: of all elements Preserved; one needs to check for each one.
      2. LGU9F2: fast
      3. LGU9FN: scalable (including indexed)
    6. LGSYX6: Private sharing

      1. LGSYY1: can require user to log in to read shared data (not just have a shared-hidden-link or shared-password to the data)
      2. LGSZZ5: if desired, all writes & READS of shared data can be logged with the user who did it
      3. LGSZ4N: a user’s access to some shared data can be removed without disturbing the other accessors
        1. LGT6HI: this is difficult with a shared password as the password would have to be changed (seemingly requiring re-encryption) and then reissued to all other users, but still reasonable if this is automated and quick and scalable-if-needed
      4. LGSZNF: if desired, data shared to a user the user cannot share with any other user (except of course by copying out of the system, or by giving that user his/her personal password so risking all the user’s own data)
      5. LGSZQR: If user is removed from sharing group, that data shared to them is forcibly removed from his/her devices
      6. LGT0KN: unless you allow a person, no workers at the hosting service can see your files
        1. LGT0OT: shared to no one but you (as http://wuala.com/en/learn/features/t/2)
        2. LGT0PC: shared to only the people in your shared group
    7. LGT0Y9: export

      1. LGT10T: full bulk export of all data in a portable format in case one needs to change services, including:
        1. LGT0VC: all standard file/folder data (contents, creation dates, & mod dates)
        2. LGT12R: all version history
        3. LGT13I: all users given access & the exact access given to each
        4. LGT12A: all tagging & meta data
    8. LGT08R: Platforms

      1. LGT16H: Web GUI
      2. LGT0UM: Public API
      3. LGT0AA: Desktop
        1. LGT098: Windows
          1. LGT0DY: as virtual folder/drive
          2. LGT0HR: without a GUI (useful for hosting accounts)
        2. LGT09R: Mac
          1. LGT0EQ: as a virtual folder/drive
        3. LGT09X: Linux
          1. LGT0FI: as a virtual folder/drive
          2. LGT0FV: without a GUI (useful for hosting accounts)
        4. LGT0B5: Working on at least 2 is a strong endorsement
      4. LGT0BM: Mobile
        1. LGT0C0: Android
        2. LGT0C8: iPhone
        3. LGT0CH: Blackberry
        4. LGT0CT: Working on at least 2 is a mild endorsement
    9. LGT1W3: Robustness

      1. LGT1WK: Except during a recovery, all data (including prior versions) is always stored at least 2 locations which are not near to each other
      2. LGT21K: To set up a new client, one just needs to install the software, authenticate, and start downloading the needed data
    10. LGT1ZE: Can allow any number of users to each access a small amount of your data

      1. LGT2BU: with 0 cost each user and ideally not to you
      2. LGT2CC: without the user having to have anything more than a web browser with JavaScript
    11. LGZV89: Offline access

      1. LGZV8L: cache size is fully adjustable
      2. LGZV9D: will allow offline read if still in one’s cache: of a file? Of a folder?
      3. LGZVAQ: will allow offline write if still in one’s cache: of a file? Of a folder?
      4. LGZVD1: can lock into cache certain files? Folders?
    12. LGT2EJ: scalability

      1. LGT2OA: can handle up to ~250GB of data (as much a single user might have)
      2. LGT2JH: performs okay as long as you and all of your users are in the same country
      3. LGT2PR: (optional) performs for users in any country (provided they have a fast-enough Internet connection)
      4. LGT2FT: (optional) Performs okay even if you have 10 or more users accessing at that very second (requires a large server, and cloud-storage for say >30 such users)
  6. LH0A50: Related

    1. LH0A5W: If trading-storage (as by Wuala or equivalent), one might want to pool storage to have a lot more to trade (plus use).  And for Windows Home Server, “Drive Extender” would have done the job here (until MS killed it in 2010), but Google Search[Drive Extender] find alternatives/replacements as http://howtogeek.com/howto/36458/9-alternatives-for-windows-home-servers-drive-extender as Greyhole project .
  7. LGUBTX: category[service to share file/folders across the Internet LGUBTX] -use this ID

    1. LGUCHT: parent service (economic)
    2. LGUCKS: I created this in http://2.LoveRules.Info/category
  8. LGTRT1: section service to share file/folders across the Internet end