Alternative Self-Controlled File Storage
Start with a ground for people to share what they use
- Lots of dropbox
- hosting gets expensive to host so much data
- collaboration: clients/activists use gdrive alot
things we use
- google drive
- om cloud
- zimbra [locally installed]
- survey monkey
3 main open source softwares are
- om cloud [most recommended for client/production uses]
Details on various softwares
Great to share data, not great to edit together
- great syncing app, syncs w phones, public link sharing
- can work well with large files, must configure php
- can sync only selected folders
- you can get it as a paid service or put on your own servers
- Web Dev support
- collaboration. limited zimbra integration.
- also has decent calendar funtionality
- you'll need a techie to setup or $$ to pay to get it setup [fairly easy but not the hardest, need linux literacy]
- invented by yahoo, dropin replacement for microsoft exchange
- can live in a web browser
- briefcase is the file management system
- installs in one folder, can be moved via servers
- local v web [lots of files, server space
- calendars work well
- US govt written
- drop-in replacement for sharepoint
- there is a community version with no tech support
- its "overkill" to replace gdrive
etherpad / piratepad
- realtime collaboration
- must keep the URL in order to keep the document
- no GUI file directory
why are we on dropbox/gdrive?
- not knowing alternatives
- even though we know its "bad", the least secure is the most user friendly, we have to choose getting what we need over the "right" option
- "we just want it to work"
why get off dropbox/gdrive?
- they will hand over your data to the gov't real quick
- its not like you know where the backup is. perhaps you're not even backing this up.
- what u gonna do when the web goes down HUH?
- weirdness about copies, moving, ownership
- we can defend our servers more easily
- if there was a google data breach would we hear about it?
- so you can
what are the issues in setting up your own? - paying for posting space or per user - where is the backup? are we thinking about the redundancy - you'll need an IT person to setup and or help you and or deal w IT yourself - security. YO!
other thing to know
- when you login at a random coffeeshop anything could be happening interstitially to your data
- microsoft windows 10 logs keystrokes
Do you have a local server in your office?
- setup omcloud on your local server ands et it up so you can access your data when youre out of the office
- backup service - getting cheaper,
- for a "faxe dropbox" see vultr [large VPS] ex 5gb server, $20/mo, setup omcloud on VPserver, then do data migration. the migration is hard but once youre on the system you at least have shell access
- setup backup service
Who provides omcloud service?
- kumbit, mayfirst, palante
Some core shifts
- orgs less and less have internal servers, mailservers now the free options "seems free" but also have their own costs
- for linux [kinda like time machine, for linux
- "search for a GUI for rsync"
- still have ?s about how to backup our servers
One organizational use case, bittorrent protocol:
- bitsync, peer to peer, filesharing, neorouter
- test your backups! just in case you're making them badly, that would be sad to find out at the time you need it.
- what u gonna do when the web goes down HUH???!! well if you can access your server via ssh or ftp, you can still get to your server
- the right IT help is worth putting time or $$ into. Mayfirst? Better than dropbox!!!