I’ve been going on and on lately about my "push to the cloud" and all that quite a bit lately. I have come to a few roadblocks but it’s been going pretty well. I’ve been adding Dropbox to the mix as well, as a supplement to Skydrive. Why do I need Dropbox when I’m paying for Skydrive? Actually there are quite a few good reasons to spread out a bit.
I think my primary reason, I fear being locked out of my Skydrive account over stupidity the way Youtube was trying to do. I don’t plan to use either for any sort of piracy or illegal file distribution, but I have a fear of the "False Positive". I don’t know that Microsoft scans files, but I suspect they do. I only have one article I’m going on but there has been at least one case where a guy got his account suspended because he was storing pornography on his Skydrive. Not distributing, just storing. I don’t have any porn to put on Skydrive but I don’t really want the robot scanner to flip through say, my eBooks and say "oh hey, this file may be illegitimately gotten" and lock me out of all of my important files.
I have more confidence that this won’t happen on Dropbox.
I also really like Dropbox’s app compatibility. For example, i have linked my Dropbox account to my O’Reilly account and now all of my purchases from O’Reilly automatically dump into my Dropbox. I’ve set up a synced folder on Dropbox that I can dump PDFs into and Evernote will pull them in as new notes. I’ve got a watch folder going for torrent files. I have found that if I want to save a photo from Facebook on my phone, the easiest way to do it is to "share to Dropbox".
It’s pretty versatile. I’m working out a security set up that will toss webcam shots into a Dropbox folder as well.
Why not just use Dropbox? I think mostly because I really like the UI of Skydrive. I also trust Microsoft long term a bit more to last… sort of. I doubt Microsoft will go away anytime soon, but I’m starting to question their viability with the mess that is Windows 8. Couple in the crazy madness of making Office a subscription service and it feels like a recipe for disaster. On the other hand, Skydrive is about half the price of Dropbox. Dropbox is about a dollar per GB for a year, Skydrive is $.50 per GB for a year. Dropbox’s cheapest plan is also $100 bucks, which kind of sucks. If they had a 20 GB plan for $25 a year I’d be all over that. i don’t need 100 GB nor do I want to spend $100 on the service.
What I’m really in the market for is some basic image hosting. I have a crapload of random images I’ve saved from years of internet that I like having around but I really would like to put them out somewhere for everyone to find and use. I’ve looked into Imgur and Photobucket a bit but I think both were a bit cost prohibitive. Dropbox would be great if I could get that non existent 20GB plan, though I don’t think Dropbox gets indexed by search engines at all.
I’m sure I’ll come up with something.
On a side note, this isn’t a Dropbox ad but here’s my referral link if anyone wants to sign up through it and get me some free space.