Like everyone else my first reaction to Flickr’s new storage plan was jaw-dropping happiness. Flickr was not only the first web service that I actually paid for, I also spent insane amount of time uploading, organizing my collection of images. Flickr used to be awesome until Yahoo stopped working on it. I recently looked at the Google+ image storage/backup service and I think it is much much better than flickr, at least for me. Here is why:
Earlier today flickr did a major refresh on their websites with lots of free goodies and design change. While most people will probably appreciate the free stuff but not everyone is liking the new look, especially the long time pro user, it can be very confusing the and a visual distraction from what you were looking for.
This is how your new photostream looks like:
Over the years we have all come to love and depend on dropbox for its seamless and no-nonsense sync and backup feature. Even now after all these years when there are so many cloud services out there with bigger storages backed by big companies, I would still recommend dropbox as a first choice. Having said that, there are some of us who likes to have more control over our data and services, and there is a very easy and free option out there. Its called owncloud, and it takes less than 5 minutes to install.
The only pre-requisite is that you get your linux-based server. It could be in the form of low-end box or a dedicated server or cloud service like AWS or more user friendly like DigitalOcean that lets you increase your HD space on the go. While there are packages and installation instructions for almost all mainstream linux distro out there, I am going to show you how to do it with Ubuntu server in less than 5 minutes.
If the statements were made by anyone else from any other major corporations, say microsoft or oracle or Apple, most people probably wouldn’t even bat an eye. But this is Eric Schmidt we are talking about, former CEO and current Executive Chairmen of Google. A company that is often associate with (sometimes rightfully so) as the champion of open technology, superior products and generally geek friendly.
Sometimes you have to take double take on some of his statement and think, “really? This guy is in charge of Google, a company that is arguably sitting on the largest pile of data on anyone and everyone who used any of many google products.” Yes, yes he is. It really makes you wonder what Google thinks about its users behind closed doors as opposed to what we are used to thinking about them.
Let’s look at some of his more troubling statements: