People always ask me: “Do you have Facebook on your phone?”, and I always reply “No, sorry.”
The next thing someone says is 9 out of 10 times: “Do you have WhatsApp then?”. Same reply, why not Skype, Messenger or SMS?
The thing is, I have Skype and Messenger (it’s integrated in Skype now), why do I even need additional applications for WhatsApp or Facebook? Why should I?
Short Text Messaging costs money(duh). That’s the reason why people use Skype or WhatsApp as a ‘free'(cheaper) alternative.
WhatsApp got hacked like 2 times, and leaks are dripping like an old tap. You only need someone’s IMEI and phone number to log in to WhatsApp. And it only supports file transfers and texts. But Skype has support for video chat, Facebook integration, messaging, calling, and more. But not only that, should I register for 16 services because I only need one?
It’s not about bandwidth, it’s about usage. I have unlimited (FUP of course) mobile internet, and I must say that Skype works better than WhatsApp on a modem connection, even with video. Horrible quality, but messages were almost instantly delivered, but with WhatsApp, it took 30 seconds on the same network.
Ubuntu One, a cloud service by Canonical which servers you 5GB free ‘cloud’ storage. This isn’t very new, but Ubuntu One can be used on almost any OS, such as Mac OS, Linux/Ubuntu, Windows, Android and i-Devices (iPod, iPhone etc.). Very straightforward, and the server speeds are pretty high, and it’s a useful way to (automatically) sync your files.
Even though the advertising is great, the website works great, but the sync-daemon for Windows is pretty unstable. Sometimes it uploads files, sometimes it doesn’t (at the time of writing). This was the first thing I noticed on both Windows 7 and Windows 8 Pro.
Ubuntu One works like a charm, and supports any operating system. 5GB doesn’t look much, but they have a pretty nice referral program for extra storage. Of course, the version for Android and Ubuntu work great. I didn’t tested the Mac OS X version, but I hope it doesn’t fail like the Windows version. It’s pretty nice when you realize this was once upon a time some small scale project (Ubuntu) and grew just like Apple or Microsoft. Combine it with some Wine and you will have a pretty OS with many, many options.
Most people think that 5GB is worthless and too low. Well that’s true if you synchronize your Documents folder. But even when you want it free, use the referral program. Or pay just $3/month. It’s worth it — let’s hope they’ll develop the Windows version to something more stable.
Well, it’s plain and simple and anyone should be able to use it. Because that’s their goal eventually: ease of use and free to anyone.
Also check out the new Thunderbird integration for Ubuntu One included in the lastest versions. It automatically uploads attachments that are above the file limit for your mail server.
Ubuntu One, or just Ubuntu1, is a cloud storage with 5GB of storage. Sounds familiar? Yes, that was my first thought too. And 5GB isn’t very much nowadays. It seems that you get 20GB extra for 3$/month, which isn’t expensive. A small quote from the homepage:
Sync & 5GB storage free
Keep your content safe, access it anywhere, and share it with friends, family and colleagues. You can also earn up to 20GB extra free cloud storage by inviting family and friends with the Ubuntu One referrals program.
After some few clicks, the supported OSs are Linux/Ubuntu, Windows, Android and iPad/iPhone. It comes with an application that has the support to automatically synchronize files, and has low memory usage. But what does it make unique across cloud services like SkyDrive and Google Drive?
This is something that got me in this week, so stay tuned for a review!