Ben Brooks discusses his recent search for Dropbox alternatives due to the fact that Dropbox stores encryption keys, which are susceptible to NSA “snooping”. He discusses BitTorrent Sync, ownCloud, and File Transporter, while also linking to other promising services.
With regard to BitTorrent Sync, which I (and apparently many others) brought to his attention over on App.Net, Ben enjoys the architecture that makes it naturally more secure. I originally brought it to his attention, in the vein of security, as a possible future replacement for email. However, BitTorrent Sync looks like a really great solution to many issue-laden technologies currently in use if it can simplify its processes and distance itself from the idea that all torrent-based technologies are illegal (a widespread misconception).
I have used Sync only marginally so far, but I have been impressed with what I have seen. After reading Ben’s accounts, I am interested in giving it more of an in-depth look in the near future.
Did the Internet community peak at bookmarks? Asked in a different and perhaps more complete way: just as technologies like RSS and email in their purest forms are hard to beat even as technology marches forward, what better technology exists to keep track of information on the ever-expanding Internet than bookmarks? Taken a step further, what better way to share the bookmarked information than a site of your own? As such, I‘ve been reading, which is why I write now.
Working in and having a passion for libraries, I am struck by the fact that the way bookmarks work in the physical world is not directly analogous to bookmarks in the digital world. Bookmarks in the digital world are instead like dog-eared pages or highlighted passages; if you think of the Internet as a single tome, that is. In any case, anything that moves you to deface a book should probably be shared or become immortalized in some other way than just a reference for a future version of yourself.