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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Dropbox Versus The Competition: How Do They Compare?

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Digital Home Talk" @ 06:30 PM

http://lifehacker.com/5818908/dropb...s-right-for-you

"Dropbox may be the most popular service for syncing files and storing them online, but that doesn't mean it's the best. Some of us are currently considering Dropbox alternatives due to recent security or privacy concerns, while others just want to see what else is available. Here's how Dropbox stacks up against four other major online syncing services: Windows Live Mesh, SpiderOak, SugarSync, and Wuala."

As we continue our march toward high dependence on cloud-based, online storage, services like Dropbox become household terms. If you were to ask someone to recommend an online storage service, Dropbox might be the very first one mentioned. But is it the best? That is what the folks at Lifehacker set out to consider with another of their effective articles comparing technology alternatives. This time around they are considering the Dropbox service versus four competing alternatives: Live Mesh, SpiderOak., SugarSync, and Wuala. In a nutshell, each of these services provides facilities for storing and backing up your files, sharing them with others, and keeping them in sync across multiple computers and/or mobile devices. Each one has some unique capability, and each could be a "best fit" for your needs. The Read link has the complete story and will help you identify which service deserves your (possibly) undivided attention.


Thursday, October 21, 2010

Windows Live Sync/Foldershare Service Ending March 31st, 2011

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 04:30 PM

http://mesh.live.com

"You're receiving this message because you installed Windows Live Sync (previously known as FolderShare) for Windows or Mac. On March 31, 2011, Windows Live Sync will stop working. After March 31, this program will no longer sync your files between your computers and you won't be able to access your files remotely from sync.live.com. Please read below for actions we recommend you take. With the new release of Windows Live services, we've made a series of changes and improvements across the products. We realize they will have an impact on you and we want to make that as easy as possible for you. We thank you for your continued support of Windows Live."

Like it or not, using the above-mentioned products is going to be impossible by March 2011. It's nice that the team is leaving the service in place that long; my hope is that by the time March 2011 rolls around, there will be another update for Live Mesh that will make it pain-free to use. The final release was better than the beta in terms of performance, but not by much - I still routinely get Windows Defender start failures on a reboot, and if I stop Live Mesh from starting at reboot I get no such errors. Large libraries can grind even a powerful system to a halt for hours - or days - and on the flip side, even relatively small updates (100 files, 500 MB) can take hours.

Is anyone aware of a similar sync program? The catch I've seen is that many of them - SugarSync, Dropbox - place things in the cloud as well as local PCs. All I want is the data on my PCs, not in the cloud. I want to push around 77 GB worth of data, but I don't want any of it in the cloud. Ideas?


Thursday, September 30, 2010

Windows Live Essentials 2011 Now Released

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 02:39 PM

http://windowsteamblog.com/windows_...wnload-now.aspx

"We are pleased to announce that Windows Live Essentials 2011 for Windows 7 and Windows Vista is now available for download! (Releasing in 48 languages over the next few hours, so if your language is not yet available, it will be very soon.) Windows Live Essentials 2011 was designed and built to connect your PC to the services you use every day. We're also announcing today that Dell will be the first global PC manufacturer to ship PCs with Windows Live Essentials 2011 and Windows 7 pre-installed, just in time for your holiday purchases. Many other PC manufacturers are also planning to make Windows Live Essentials 2011 available and we'll continue to keep you updated as they start releasing."

I can't find a list of exactly what's new compared to the beta - one presumes it wasn't just bug-fixing - but, regardless, the 2011 suite of Live products is ready for download. It's a bit too early for me to tell if they've fixed some of the really ugly and really frustrating problems with Live Sync Mesh. After installing the new Sync Mesh client on all my computers, I've watched as it tells me it needs to re-sync tens of thousands of files (in my case, well over 40K files) - but in reality, it's simply re-indexing them all across my machines.

Unfortunately, some serious performance hits come with this re-indexing - my machines are noticeably sluggish while this process is under way, and it's a process that can take hours and hours to complete if you have a large library. The performance hits of the beta seem to be a little less painful; while I saw the MOE.exe process use up to 61 MB/s of hard drive throughput at one point, it has settled down to the 3 MB/s to 18 MB/s range and rarely goes above 20% CPU usage. This is better than it was, but it still makes my PCs feel like they're under-clocked to 400 Mhz. Once this ugly re-sync process is completed, I'll get a better feeling for how well the new Sync Mesh client works.

UPDATE: It's been a few hours since I installed the software, and the Live Sync re-indexing is just brutal...I'm actually going to shot a video about it just to demonstrate how ugly the performance hit is. I'm extremely disappointed in the quality of the Live Mesh product and will be looking for an alternative solution. I'll do a different post about that...

UPDATE #2: I've managed to get Live Mesh working properly, but it took a long time and a bit of effort. After installing the final 2011 software, I let my machines sync for over 24 hours...and they still weren't finished! It's like the software was caught in a death spiral because the libraries were so large (about 40,000 files in total). I disabled all of the libraries except for one, and once I did that, it started to respond normally. Once that library was finished, I enabled the next one, waited for it to update, then went on to the next library. While this was happening, my systems were practically useless due to the system load that Live Mesh places upon it. Now when Live Mesh is running a sync, I can definitely see my system slowing down, but unless I'm synching a huge number of files, the process is finished fairly quickly. I'll be sticking with Live Mesh for now, but I'll be keeping my eyes open for alternatives because Live Mesh leaves much to be desired...


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