DigitalOcean to launch a new Data Center in Bangalore

DigitalOcean has long been known for being one of the cheapest and most reliable places for developers to starting your own server, be it for a building that small wordpress site you wanted at a cheap price or choosing a place to start with your small-to-midsize business. While services like AWS, Azure and Rackspace are what big businesses would go with, DigitalOcean is often the right place to start.

Wikimedia Sues NSA Over Mass Spying, and it Matters

Better late than never, as they say. And this time, Wikimedia Foundation, the creators of world’s largest free online encyclopedia have sued NSA and US Department of Justice over mass spying and surveillance. The news was recently announced in the Wikimedia Foundation blog :

Today, the Wikimedia Foundation is filing suit against the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) of the United States. The lawsuit challenges the NSA’s mass surveillance program, and specifically its large-scale search and seizure of internet communications — frequently referred to asupstreamsurveillance. Our aim in filing this suit is to end this mass surveillance program in order to protect the rights of our users around the world. We are joined by eight other organisations and represented by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

NSA doing mass surveillance using PRISM and violating privacy of the users is nothing new. A couple of years ago, Snowden documents revealed that the program has been specially targeting four sites in general, Facebook, Gmail, Wikipedia and CNN. While it may seem trivial, it is important to note that one can know whatever an user is doing in the Internet by just monitoring these few top sites. Some sites like Facebook want you to be identified by your true identity, thus making surveillance easier, while others like Wikipedia does not require you to login to view content. If however you may want, you can open an account with any name you like and mask your identity that way.

It may be noted that the surveillance program of NSA is not limited to US users only, but in-fact all users of the world.

The Best Cloud Solution for End Users - OneDrive

Fact be said, there are just too many cloud solutions out there right now. They all promise great things of which sync your files to the cloud is the most common one. Let's list down the famous ones:

  1. Google Drive
  2. Dropbox
  3. Box.com
  4. Microsoft OneDrive
  5. Apple iCloud Drive

So which one to choose? There are quite a number of factors to consider. Let's start with the basics - the basic thing that we all want from the Cloud services is the file-syncing service. Important documents, pleasing memories and in some extreme cases - important evidences of certain life-events need to be synced. The importance of those files depends on you but that's the basic thing we need from a cloud service. But there are a lot more things we want. Below, we tell how OneDrive addresses them and excels at them.

Amount of Free Storage Space

Google-Drive-Storage.png Dropbox starts with 2GB (only). Google Drive starts with a 15 GB account but that accounts for your GMail storage as well. So if you get a 20 MB attachment in your GMail, you lose 0.025 GB from your 15 storage in your Google Drive storage. With Box.com you start with 10 GB. Apple's iCloud - just 5 gigs.