A while ago I switched from Dropbox to Syncwerk (at the time it was called Seafile Cloud after the open-source project it was using) as the file backup and sync solution I used. I had good reasons (specified in that post.)
But it turned out bad. To put it simply, Syncwerk didn’t do well the most important job it has – not only did it not backup my files properly, but it also erased some files and they are now lost forever. Apparently they know about this and they have a conflict resolution script to restore some of them. But quite a lot of my files have a zero size now in my backup folders and I will never be able to restore them.
Obviously I’ve canceled my Syncwerk account.
I take responsibility for not following the 3-2-1 backup strategy, but even following that might have not helped unless I monitored changes in files, which would have been tedious.
Anyway, this is a warning to not use this service, unless you’re OK with losing some of your files.
If you were previously interested in Dindy, my (now defunct) Android app, for the purpose of auto-reply while driving – you’re in luck. Samsung created their own app (which will be available sometime this month on the Play Store) called “In-Traffic Reply”.
The app is smart in that it auto-detects when you’re driving or cycling (using the GPS).
The big Four Oh! Unbelievable. It’s one of those milestones… I wonder if I’m going to go through a mid-life crisis and do something crazy. We’ll see.
To celebrate the event we went hiking in the desert, very similar to what we did the year before. Only this time we’re living together, so we went back home together. And this is probably the biggest thing that happened over the last year – I moved in with a girlfriend, effectively for the first time in my life.
The other big thing is Ace’s death. I still think about her, and miss her, from time to time.
I went to two Prodigy shows this past year – #21 and #22. But not all my travels were to go see The Prodigy. This year’s trips also include Denmark & Faroe Islands, and Northern Spain with my girlfriend. Both were really great,
I still work out 2 days a week. And I follow a diet I said I’ll write about, but obviously forgot (or got lazy about). All things considered – life is good :)
Not too long ago we moved to a new apartment. Ace had a sheltered place outside where she could sleep comfortably. And for a about ten days she was happy. So happy, in fact, that she started climbing trees again and enjoying the new out-of-the-city quietness.
But one morning we found her lying dead. Presumably, she was attacked by stray dogs.
Ace has always had access to the outside and could always take care of herself. Throughout the years I had a few scares with her when I heard cats fighting outside or when she came back home bleeding and I rushed her to animal hospital. But I learned to count on her instincts and preferred to let her live freely – going outside as she pleased.
I picked Ace up from the street about ten and a half years ago. She was just over a month old at the time and she was a part of my life since. I can’t even find the words to describe how I feel about her being gone. Sometimes I still imagine that I hear her outside.
UPDATE: Since I originally wrote this, the company changed its name to Syncwerk. I strongly recommend NOT to buy into their storage offerings. I will explain more in a new post as soon as I’ve taken my files off their servers.
I’ve been using Dropbox for a long time (more than 7 years, apparently) and it has been very useful. I use it mainly for file syncing across devices and backup, and apart from sharing I almost never used any other features (undelete was useful a couple of times.)
But Dropbox has a package that is too expensive for me – paying 10$ a month while not using even half of the provided 1TB of storage seems very wasteful. So I’ve been looking for an alternative and decided to go with Seafile Cloud (shop link). Since my main requirement was a native Linux client, this didn’t leave a lot of services to consider.
I like Seafile Cloud for a few reasons:
There’s a native Linux package.
It’s based on an open source project (you can create your own Seafile server and not pay anyone.)
It has a package better suited for me, for less than what Dropbox costs (500GB for 5 € a month.)
Files are stored on servers in Germany, a country that is better at keeping people’s privacy than the US is.
Registering to Seafile and using it isn’t as smooth as Dropbox, but once you get it going it works great (as far as I can tell.) I hope it’ll stay that way.