[Chicago] Cloud storage: Dropbox or Google Drive?

Samir Faci samir at esamir.com
Tue Dec 24 01:20:04 CET 2013

I'm not sure how well this works, but I've been using it with a secondary
trivial account.


It seems to work well enough.  It syncs up my .vim notes and other small

Naturally dropbox has native support and had it for a while now.

I would probably trust google to have a better storage solution and
reliability then dropbox, just based on the size of the company and volume
of data it handles on a daily basis.  You are giving Google a bit more of
your data to read through for the paranoid minded.  Though considering how
much of my personal data I have on gmail/docs/drive.  I personally find the
integration they provided well worth the personal privacy cost.

I've had a few dropbox accounts over the years and they've mainly collected
dust.  My biggest seller for GDrive is the Google docs integration which is
lacking the last time I looked.

That being said, I am biased towards Google.  I don't have stock in the
company or work for them, but I really do like their product line, and
they've mostly kept me happy over the years.

Also, since a friend of mine recently went started working for msft and I
get bombarded by msft propaganda whether I want it or not, I'll throw in
sky drive which is Microsoft's baby.

It's a Microsoft product, if you've had a good experience with the company,
might be worth a try, if not.. .moving on.

Oh yes.. also..if you want you can also look into ownCloud (
http://owncloud.org/ ).  Self hosted equivalent of probably everyone of the
services mentioned already.

On Fri, Dec 6, 2013 at 5:17 PM, Jason Wirth <wirth.jason at gmail.com> wrote:

> Thanks for the responses.
> I agree with Brian, I don't mind paying for software that I enjoy. I think
> it's a good part of the process. But on a related point Carl's comment, a
> extra couple bucks won't break the bank but money has alternative uses. If
> I choose to spend $10 a month, I could decide to go with Google and use $5
> for a monthly git-tip allowance.
> The alternative options are interesting, but not quite this exact fit. I
> do like the privacy of SpiderOak, it could be good for business with
> sensitive security data needs.
> --
> Jason Wirth
>     213.675.5294
>     wirth.jason at gmail.com
> On Fri, Dec 6, 2013 at 2:32 PM, Matthew Erickson <matt at soulrobotic.com>wrote:
>>  Not to do something as crass as suggest the company I work for or
>> anything, but…
>>  …to suggest the company I work for, might I note SpiderOak (
>> https://spideroak.com)?
>>  <soapbox type=“better-my-company-than-the-competition”>
>> We have desktop clients for all desktoppy platforms, and read-only for
>> mobile devices. Our big thing is “zero-knowledge” privacy, where your
>> private key is derived from your password, and we don’t know or have the
>> ability to change either. $100/yr/100GB.
>>  As to Python… we’re pretty much an all-Python shop with some Erlang and
>> more and more JavaScript, and are slowly making it a point of hiring
>> maintainers of software we use (we pay the salary of one of the PyWin32
>> maintainers, for example).
>> </soapbox>
>>  -- Matt
>>   On 12/6/13, 12:22 PM, "Jason Wirth" <wirth.jason at gmail.com> wrote:
>>   My 2GB Dropbox account is getting pretty full and I'm thinking about
>> paying for a storage subscription. The problem is I'm a bit torn between
>> Dropbox and Google Drive.
>>  Dropbox has some nice features, like Linux support, which Google
>> refuses to offer, as well as working with PythonAnywhere. I also like that
>> Guido works there and they use Python -- that's something I'd like to
>> support.
>>  Google Drive however integrates nicely with Gmail (and increases your
>> Gmail inbox size). It's also a better value. Google offers 200GB of storage
>> for $10/mo, while DB is only 100GB. (100GB on Google is only $5.)
>>  Anyone have thoughts?
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