disk42: open source cloud storage

cloud_compMost of the cloud storage solutions we are familiar with today are either closed source. Open source solutions like ownCloud are self-hosted. disk42 is a new cloud storage initiative trying to change the game. It is in beta stage at the time of writing. The codebase is a fork of Seafile. At this point the developers are working on the encryption layer. Continue reading disk42: open source cloud storage

Pawnmail: free email hosting for custom domains

internet-mailPawnmail offers 2 GB space free for your emails. This is particularly helpful for WordPress users who can add separate email hosting for their custom domains.

The procedure is simple – register your custom domain with Pawnmail and edit your domain’s DNS record to add Pawnmail’s MX record. It may take up to 24 hours for the changes to take effect. Once the record is updated, you can log in and set up email accounts and aliases.

You can view the emails using the web client or use a local client with Pawnmail’s POP3, IMAP and SMTP settings.

Pawnmail’s privacy policy is disturbing. The author says he will never read others’ email which is not really comforting. In addition it is based in the US and are only used in the event of a legal order or search warrant in the jurisdiction in Tennessee, United States.

If you think you can live with that, go ahead and sign up your domain.

Webpage: Pawnmail

Yandex Browser & cloud client for Linux

yandexYandex is the Russian search giant and a fierce local competitor of Google. They came into news earlier for offering 10GB free cloud storage. It seems their love for Linux is on the rise. Today they have announced the Yandex Browser Beta for Linux. The browser is based on Chromium and uses the Blink (WebKit fork) engine under the hood. It supports 64-bit architecture only.

Some noteworthy features:

  • Has a Turbo mode like Opera. It is blazing fast if Turbo is enabled.
  • Sync your bookmarks, browsing data etc. as in Firefox.
  • Visually more screen real-estate as system title bars and borders are disabled by default.
  • An excellent in-built PDF viewer.
  • Pin and unpin tabs.
  • Notifications for sites like Facebook, Gmail etc.
  • Comes bundled with extensions including adblocker and flasblocker. More than 600 extensions available.
  • English menus and options.
  • A useful gesture which enables you to jump to top of page or return to current position in alternative single clicks on the tab.

For me, the menus and options show in English by default. To disable the translate option showing for each non-Russian page, go to: Settings Show advanced settings… Language settings… English Set as default language. Uncheck Offer to translate pages in this language. Click Done. Uncheck Offer to translate pages that aren’t in a language you read.

To download Yandex Browser for Linux:

  • Visit the Beta download page from Linux
  • Click on the big yellow button
  • Select deb or rpm package

While we are at it, earlier Yandex has released a client for its cloud offering, Yandex Disk. Yandex Disk can be accessed over WebDAV from Linux but the native client makes the process easier.

To install Yandex Disk client on Ubuntu:

$ echo "deb http://repo.yandex.ru/yandex-disk/deb/ stable main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/yandex.list > /dev/null
$ wget http://repo.yandex.ru/yandex-disk/YANDEX-DISK-KEY.GPG -O- | sudo apt-key add - 
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install -y yandex-disk

Run the following command for enabling flash:

$ sudo apt-get install pepperflashplugin-nonfree

FolioPanda: flaunt your Dropbox photos

dropbox_compNOTE: The service doesn’t seem to be live anymore.

Dropbox’s web interface shows all your photos and videos in one place. However, I find it quite slow while loading the images. In addition, if you are a photographer, you might also want to share your images publicly for others to see. FolioPanda is an online service for turning your Dropbox photos into an website.

FolioPanda organizes your photos in an easily navigable cool layout.

However, the problem I see with this service is privacy. Allowing a ThirdParty app access to your Dropbox or personal photos is never a good idea. So I would recommend FolioPanda only if you have a spare Dropbox account and photos which are OK to be shared publicly.

Webpage: FolioPanda

OneBox: store email attachments in the cloud

cloud_compSearching a particular attachment in a conversation of 15+ mails is more difficult than it sounds. Yes, even with Gmail! A new online service, OneBox, organizes and stores your email attachments in a cloud service of your choice so that you can still find them easily after a month. Continue reading OneBox: store email attachments in the cloud

Stream and listen to music from Dropbox

dropbox_compMany of us stash their whole music collection on Dropbox and forget all about it for a while. The next time we want to listen to some old tune, we (at least I) feel too lazy to sync the directory or search and download the file. Here are some ways to listen to your music on Dropbox without literally downloading them.


Clementine is an awesome music player that can stream music not only from Dropbox but from other services like Box, Google Drive and OneDrive. Just search and play!


Web service to stream music from Dropbox. You can browse all your directories and listen to your favourite music.


Web service that authorizes with Dropbox and needs you to create a directory inside Dropbox folder tree. You can move the files you want to listen to under that directory and streamboxr will play it for you.

Trunx: unlimited* storage for photos and videos

Exclusive cloud storage for multimedia is trending. These services offer several features specifically tailored for multimedia. My personal opinion is using one of these services helps keep files well organized and enjoy multimedia better.

Flickr does offer 1TB for free for your photos (only photos!) and it’s as good as unlimited for normal usage but let’s face the truth – no one takes snaps using webcams anymore. It was a major drawback when Flickr introduced 1TB for all. It’s the smartphone era and it’s handy. Recently Flickr has introduced apps for Android and iPhone but there is no easy way to migrate your photos from other services to Flickr. Another interesting service is QVIVO which offers unlimited multimedia storage and direct download to the cloud. This service takes a social approach.

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/97288859]

Today I came across Trunx, launched officially on Jun 26, 2014. Trunx is for both photos and videos and targets smartphone users. Features:

  • Unlimited storage if you sign up by the end of 2014.
  • Apps available for iOS and Android.
  • Take photos, videos and EchoPix (photos with sound) and store them in the cloud.
  • Automatic timelined organization. You can also view everything in a calendar or organize stuff using tags.
  • Backup photos from the phone, Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox and other services.
  • Comes with Windows and Mac desktop uploaders to sync photos from your desktop.
  • Create collaborative albums with selected friends and family using SharedPix.
  • No down-sampling of images.

Webpage: Trunx

onedrive-d: OneDrive on Linux

cloud_componedrive-d is a Linux solution to store and sync files on Microsoft OneDrive cloud storage (previously known as Microsoft SkyDrive). OneDrive offers 7GB of free storage to users. onedrive-d is written in Python along with supporting bash shell scripts. It runs as a daemon on Linux. Currently it is under development and needs more polishing. Features:

  • Multi-threading
  • Basic GUI
  • Currently supports only Ubuntu and its derivatives but the developer has plans to support other Linux distros.


Get the source from the project repo:

$ git clone https://github.com/xybu/onedrive-d-old.git
$ cd onedrive-d


Copy the config files to the correct locations:

$ mkdir ~/.onedrive
$ cp ./onedrive_d/res/default_ignore.ini ~/.onedrive/ignore_v2.ini
// Create log file if you need to run onedrive-d as daemon
$ sudo touch /var/log/onedrive_d.log
// You may need to change `whoami` to your username
$ sudo chown `whoami` /var/log/onedrive_d.log

To set preferences:

$ python3 -m onedrive_d.od_pref --help

To run the client:

$ python3 -m onedrive_d.od_main --help

On GitHub: onedrive-d