Google 100GB for $2 Per Month

Find a 100GB of storage online for just $2 per month. Chances are you won’t. Because there aren’t any. You won’t find any better deal than what Google is offering. At least for the moment. What a great deal! Google just lowered the price of their cloud storage from $5 to $2. If you want a 1TB of storage, you can get it for just $10 per month. If you want to upgrade, just go to Google’s Drive.

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Owncloud 4.5

OwnCloud is an open-source file sharing and file storage cloud platform that’s similar to Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, and other cloud sharing services. The difference is, OwnCloud allows you to install your own cloud storage on your own server. You manage the server software yourself making your data your own. OwnCloud has vastly improved the past year. OwnCloud has added a desktop client for Windows, MacOS and Linux, as well as mobile apps for iOS and Android.

Much has changed since the last time I played around with OwnCloud. Instead of performing an upgrade of my previous installation, I’ve decided to just reinstall everything from scratch. OwnCloud now gives your three options to install the server software. You can install it from a tar archive, a Linux package, or you can use the Web Installer. I chose the latter. It turned out to be the simplest option.

You simply download the small installation file called “setup-owncloud.php.” You then upload the it to your web server and run the install script. You will be asked to supply a username and password. The installation file will then download the rest of the program and complete the installation for you. It takes less than a minute to complete the install.

Just a couple of things worth sharing. I opted for SQLite install. So, there is no MySQL database needed. There’s only one thing I want to modify. I want increase the default allocated space to something bigger. Other than that, it’s a functional file sharing service. It’s not as polished as Dropbox and Google Drive, but it’s not too shabby either. At least, you can sleep well knowing your data is your own.

Google Samsung Chromebook for $249

Google announced today an 11.6 inch Samsung Chromebook for just $249. The Exynos 5 dual-core processor-powered laptop runs on ChromeOS and will have a 1366 x 768 screen resolution. In addition, there will be 16GB of internal storage and 2GB of RAM. The battery life is six hours. This laptop is perfect for those who use Google cloud services regularly, such as GMail, Docs and Google Drive.

As expected, Chromebooks has its own set of detractors. People either love it or hate it. Some columnists label Chromebooks as netbooks, whose popularity have been waning the last year. Some argue Chromebook’s effectiveness, suggesting to go for a smartphone, a tablet or an ultrabook. With the price point of $249, it’s enticing enough for those wanting to go with ChromeOS, that’s quite dependent on the cloud.

The only big question is, for $249, will people buy it?

Get Your OwnCloud

There are several free cloud services available out there. Dropbox, Google Drive, Ubuntu One, JustCloud, ZipCloud, to name just  a few. They’re all great. They all have one thing in common, they store and share files and documents on the cloud.

If there’s one thing that bothers people about cloud services, it’s privacy. People worry about placing sensitive data on the cloud. How about running your own cloud? Well, get your own cloud with OwnCloud. OwnCloud is an open-source cloud software solution that you can install yourself.

You can install it on your own desktop, your server at home, your VPS server on the Internet, or anywhere there is a PC or computer. You decide where you want it. The best thing about ownCloud, no one has access to your sensitive data. Just you.

I’ve been running ownCloud for about a month now. It’s great. I am able to upload and share any files that I want, from pictures, videos and documents.  I can access these files from any computer, from any location around the world. There is no need for me to carry a USB stick anymore. All I need to do, is access my browser and access my files online.

In addition, OwnCloud allows me to play music and movies online. It organizes my pictures into galleries. It has a calendar, contacts, and a host of other applications that can be installed with just one click of a button. So, get your own cloud with OwnCloud.

Amazon’s Black Eye

When I saw an article yesterday that Amazon had a problem with their cloud services, I dismissed it as something temporary, something that can be fixed, in perhaps in several minutes, in maybe an hour or two. But when the news today surfaced that Amazon was still struggling to get several hosted sites online, I started to wonder what in the world was happening with the cloud. The cloud was supposed to be this super, highly redundant. highly resilient system. Maybe it isn’t.

Foursquare, Quora, Reddit and a host of other social websites rely a great deal on Amazon Cloud Services to serve their content. Maybe, it helps to have yet another option, just in case Amazon, or any other the cloud provider stumble as we’ve seen these past two days. The fact is, the cloud is not quite perfect. They may promise 5 nines, but we all know its not a 100% proof. The downtime alone, the past two days, have already made a big dent towards reaching the metric. So what are the lessons learned for many online companies who depend much on the cloud?

Should these companies have another backup plan in case the cloud fails?