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    BorekB

    Hi, I'm looking for a Live Mesh replacement and it's sad that it cannot be SkyDrive - I plan to store all my photos in the cloud and cannot afford downloading tens of gigabytes to every device I own - some of them are laptops with pretty limited disk space. For the very same reason DropBox is out of question too.

    So I'm looking for software that would be as close in features to current Mesh as possible. Cubby (https://www.cubby.com/) looks interesting - can sync arbitrary folder, has p2p sync etc.. But it's invite only, unproven and pricing is not known yet.

    Then there are things like SugarSync and probably a dozen of others - actually too many to compare them all. So can anyone of you recommend a Mesh replacement that would be similarly simple yet powerful? Thanks.

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    BorekB

    A friend of mine pointed me at Wuala. Looks interesting - anyone using it?

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    blowdart

    , BorekB wrote

    A friend of mine pointed me at Wuala. Looks interesting - anyone using it?

    Last I looked it required Java. Which rules any piece of software out for me.

     

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    BorekB

    If it were best in every other aspect, I would tolerate Java. But I agree that the UI is ugly (I like one thing though - that it allows you to view the change log as it was available with the old Live Mesh Beta - it was an amazing feature for troubleshooting and for my confidence in the product).


    BTW Amazon just launched Glacier storage for data backup which costs just $1 per 100GB per month. Wow.

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    cbae

    , BorekB wrote

    If it were best in every other aspect, I would tolerate Java. But I agree that the UI is ugly (I like one thing though - that it allows you to view the change log as it was available with the old Live Mesh Beta - it was an amazing feature for troubleshooting and for my confidence in the product).


    BTW Amazon just launched Glacier storage for data backup which costs just $1 per 100GB per month. Wow.

    Glacier? Glacier is a poor name for any product or company unless you're in the ice business.

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    AndyC

    The biggest problem with Glacier is that, just like Azure, Americans pronounce it entirely wrong and it makes me cringe whenever I hear it! Tongue Out

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    evildictait​or

    @AndyC:

    And now on CNN: Google is launching an new cloud service called Aluminium Tomato Smiley

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    DCMonkey

    , cbae wrote

    *snip*

    Glacier? Glacier is a poor name for any product or company unless you're in the ice business.

    Maybe they want to take down Iron Mountain.

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    blowdart

    , BorekB wrote


    BTW Amazon just launched Glacier storage for data backup which costs just $1 per 100GB per month. Wow.

    It's not aimed at fast recall though. Which is an interesting idea, consider it like cloud based tape Smiley

     

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    BorekB

    , blowdart wrote

    *snip*

    It's not aimed at fast recall though. Which is an interesting idea, consider it like cloud based tape Smiley

     

    True but for backup purposes, this is a game changer (alternatives are about 10x more expensive).

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    BorekB

    Just to let you guys know, if anyone is in a similar situation, Cubby really is almost a perfect Mesh replacement (missing just the remote desktop feature that was occasionally useful and it is in beta, but it has practically all of the features I loved in Mesh).

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    tomxp411

    Thanks for the tip on Cubby.

     

    I'm moving to Windows 8 on my primary PC, and I'm also planning on doing a clean reload on my server machine with WS2012. I'm going to set up and try Cubby tonight.

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    magicalclick

    It makes sense that SkyDrive downloads everything because people don't know how to set it up. But, yeah, I missed the good old Mesh. I am just going to waste some SDD for photos. The SkyDrive Office is incredible though. Maybe they should have option to not sync photo folders? One can only dream.

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    JimRobillard

    Just switched to SugarSync. Using it to sync my business' common files between two PCs. Only took a couple of hours. Works great!

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    Lizard​Rumsfeld

    , magicalclick wrote

    It makes sense that SkyDrive downloads everything because people don't know how to set it up. But, yeah, I missed the good old Mesh. I am just going to waste some SDD for photos. The SkyDrive Office is incredible though. Maybe they should have option to not sync photo folders? One can only dream.

    A recent Skydrive update now lets you choose specific folders within Skydrive to sync.  I hear they're next going to allow you to choose specific folders to sync outside of your main Skydrive folder as well.

    Biggest missing feature though is still PC->PC sync without using the cloud.  So, so much quicker when you're setting up a new PC already on your LAN and have several GB+ to sync, along with not impacting your bandwidth cap.  Really hope the Skydrive team considers adding this back from Mesh, never made much sense to "replace" Mesh with Skydrive when Skydrive was a downgrade in many aspects (the web interface is great though).

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    GoddersUK

    @NitzWalsh: Could you do it over LAN in mesh?

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    ScanIAm

    @GoddersUK:

    I'm pretty sure that once you got the connection set up, the packets didn't have to route through the cloud so it would transmit over your local network if you were meshsycing or whatever between two local machines.  You still needed cloud access to get the process set up, however.

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    tinypocket

    [Edit] I lied -- it seems the latest version does allow you to DirectSync folders across accounts, so I'm sold on cubby Smiley

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    The only problem with cubby is it won't let you have a shared sync folder with friends/family having different accounts, without having the data stored in the cloud.

    With skydrive you can share a folder but the client won't let you sync that folder locally:(

    Has anyone found other alternatives?

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