Jungle Disk, Dropbox and Mesh

by admin on December 8, 2008

So my hard drive on my home computer was making funny noises so I thought that would be a good time to load up Jungle Disk to access my Amazon S3 server and store all my kids pix remotely. The nice thing about Jungle Disk is that for $20, it's a lifetime membership and you can download as many copies as you want to, as long as all installs points to the same Amazon account. And since your Amazon account has unlimited storage, you only need one.

I also use Dropbox when I'm at customer sites because it's dead easy to install and use and it's free with a 2 gig limit. So I can dump my working files and invoices and word docs, excel whatever in a dropbox and then if its stuff I want to keep long-term, I can switch it over to an Amazon server for long-term storage.

Finally...finally Live Mesh by Microsoft is an open beta, and it's supposed the end-all and be-all solution to users who work from different computers. When I have some time, I'll check it out and let you all know if it lives up to the hype.


Steve Shotton December 9, 2008 at 1:59 am

I’ve been using a new beta startup called SMEStorage and using my own Amazon Account through something they call OpenS3. It’s pretty nice. I like their file explorer interface for my files and I get plug-ins for Open Office and MS Office etc.

Tom Dupon December 9, 2008 at 4:04 am


Full disclosure: I work for NomaDesk – you might want to consider trying NomaDesk. NomaDesk allows you to store, share and secure your files. Feel free to send me your remarks or suggestions.

You can download the software at http://www.nomadesk.com

Kind regards,

Tom Dupon
Online marketing manager NomaDesk

Laurens December 14, 2008 at 11:48 am

It is funny how you often seem to be doing those things that I am thinking about, such as getting an S3 account. I cannot quite understand why my hosting company cannot offer a similar function so I would have everything in one single account. I guess Amazon is OK even though there were reports of S3 going down briefly in the past few weeks. How happy are you with Jungle disk – is it really drag&drop without any restrictions (eg Mac files losing some properties or so)?

admin December 14, 2008 at 9:55 pm

Hi Laurens:

I’ve used S3 for backing up critical (but small) databases like Simply Accounting and Filemaker pro, and then my personal pictures. I haven’t used it for mac-sensitive files (like typefaces).
So I couldn’t say for sure it can store mac files without losing some properties

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