Monday, April 30, 2012

Distro Hoppin`: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS "Precise Pangolin"

Ooooh yes, it's that time of the year again, folks. It's time for the world to partition hard drives, create new virtual boxes, burn hundreds of CDs, format USB sticks and pillage every Windows OS they pass by. I've always loved the .04 Ubuntu releases more, not necessarily because they were better, but because they came with the spring, and I tend to like things more when it's warm outside.

2012 is a special year: the Precise Pangolin release will be supported for 5 years, on both desktops and servers, so if your business considered switching to Ubuntu, now is a great time to take that step. Also, it's cockchaffer year, a reason for massively increased joy levels and overall ADD manifestations in my cat. Obviously, I'm a tad more excited of the former event. 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Google Drive Is Finally Here to Kick Some Dropbox Butt

UPDATE: Google Drive now comes with 15 GBs of free space (shared with Gmail and Picasa)! Your move, Dropbox!

Well, not as drastically as some expected, but it's still enough to get Dropbox worried. So, 5 GB free with the possibility to upgrade to 25 GB for $2.49 a month! Yep, not even 3 dollars. Oh, and that's not all. Hear this: 100 GBs for only $4.99!! Dropbox offers the same amount of storage for $19.99! Ouch!

For starters, the Google Drive client is NOT available on Linux (I'm not 100% sure... once my Drive is ready, I will clarify) (here's a quick workaround) , but only on Windows, OSX and Android. iPad and iPhone versions are undoubtedly coming soon.  

 Will  I  switch? 

As I was part of the latest Dropbox beta testing program, I have 5.2 GBs at my disposal, out of which I currently use 43.8%. If things start to feel crowded, I'll definitely consider Google Drive. Until then, I'm pretty happy with the blue box. It works wonderfully across all platforms I access during the day and I love its features. Plus, I quite like it as a company too. Moreover, I'm sure that by the time I near the storage quota, the prices will drop significantly and I might not have to make the switch after all. 

While current Dropbox users are not likely to stop using it in favor of Google Drive, new ones will surely notice the latter rather than the former first, given Google's omnipresence on the Internet. Of course, many will simply sign up for both and get a hefty amount of space for free. 

Anyway, cloud storage for mass audiences will definitely be an interesting space to watch this year. Microsoft has also upped their offer with a whooping 7 GBs of free storage for new users, but they lack an Android and Linux clients, so their offer is of no interest to me. Also, there are full backup providers like Carbonite (less than $5/month - UNLIMITED storage) and SpiderOak ($10/month for 100 GBs) that seamlessly save your files, without you needing to manually move files to a certain folder. 

All in all, we are the ones who will greatly benefit from this increased competition, so sit back, relax and watch your storage quota get bigger and bigger. ;)

Thursday, April 12, 2012

I'm a Star

Here's the link to my first (of many *wink wink*) ever interview. The great Dmitry aka DarkDuck apparently ran out of cool people to interview and decided to get one from me. Heh. To the staaaars! Thank you, Dmitry! I shall not forget you when I'm famous!