Thursday, 28 February 2013

Comparison and referral links of free & secure cloud storage drives

Recently I installed alot of cloud drives & did a comparison of their security, space provided, ease of use, etc.

Security of my data was my first priority so I listed cloud drives in descending order. Apart from security; ease of use was a major factor in selecting file storage sites & rest of the weightage was given to free space provided. (you can use the referral links to get additional GBs while signing up)

Referral link for:
1. SpiderOak: (Superb like it alot!)

2. IDrive: (referral link with new structure of the site)

3. Dropbox:

4. Ubuntu One:

5. SugarSync:

6. Wuala: (this is good in security but low on rank as the referral storage space lasts one year)

7. Bitcasa:

8. HiDrive: (Not very good ease of use)

Google Drive, Microsoft Skydrive, Amazon cloud drive, Apple iCloud, referral links are not provided as they dont have a referral scheme, however, security wise they all rank above dropbox.

Below is a chart of major features of most cloud storage sites:

Cloud ServiceMax File Size Upload [1]Initial Free StorageExtra Free Storage Per FriendMax Storage Ceiling (including max extra bonuses)Supports VersioningOS Phone Apps# of devices supported
Cloud ServiceMax File Size Upload [1]Initial Free StorageExtra Free Storage Per FriendMax Storage Ceiling (including max extra bonuses)Supports VersioningOSPhone Apps# of devices supported
Idrive500MB5GB1GB / referral. 10GB for sharing with your contacts list50GBYesWin, MaciOS, Android1
Sugarsync2GB5GB500MB. A range of tasks will net you extra storage as well.32GBYesWin, MaciOS, Android1
Glideno limits30GBno referral program30GBYesWin, Mac, LinuxiOS, Android6
Dropbox2GB2GB500MB16GBYesWin, Mac, LinuxiOS, Androidunlimited
CX (Cloud Experience)no limits10GB300MB16GBYesWin, MaciOS, Android, Kindle Fireunlimited
Memopal5GB3GB500MB13GB [2]YesWin, Mac, LinuxiOS, Android, Blackberry10
Safecopy [3]5GB3GB500MB13GBYesWin, MaciOS, Androidunlimited
Mimedia3GB7GB1GB for each 5 (200MB / friend)12GBNoWiniOS99
Teamdriveno limits2GB250MB10GBYesWin, Mac, LinuxiOS, Androidunlimited
HiDrive2GB5GB5GB for each 10 friends (500MB / friend)10GBNo (not on free plan at least)Win, MaciOS, Android, WP71
Comodo Cloud Storage2GB5 GB200MB10GBYesWiniOS, Android1
Spideroakno limits2GB1GB10GBYesWin, Mac, LinuxiOS, Androidunlimited
MegaCloudno limits5GB500MB10GBYesWin, MaciOS, Android1
Wuala14GB5GB250MB8GBYesWin, Mac, LinuxiOS, Android1 [6]
Skydrive2GB7GBno referral program7GB [4]YesWin, MaciOS, WP7 (3rd party Android Apps)unlimited
Amazon Cloud Drive2GB5GBno referral program5GB [5]We think not [6]Win, MaciOS, Android8
Google Drive2GB5GB + 1GB Picasa storageno referral program5GBYesWin, MaciOS, Androidunlimited
Synplicityno limits2GB1GB5GBYesWin, MaciOS, Android, Kindle Fire2
[1] This will also depend on your browser or OS file size limits
[2] We couldn’t find documentation for this, but found it in practice
[3] Safecopy seems to be a mere rebranded copy of Memopal, with a few minor differences between the two,
[4] Legacy accounts have 25 gigs free, and if you have a Hotmail or MSN account you may be able to get 25 gigs as well (see the recommendations section below)
[5] It may be possible to get more if you’re buying music off of Amazon (see here)
[6] Not 100% sure about this.

Monday, 24 December 2012

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Truth about of Indian Oil Companies & their Lies

Truth of Indian oil companies: After too much of hue n cry by oil companies about their continued losses I decided to check out their balance sheets & P&L statements n here's what I found; In last 10 years IOC's Average yearly profit was 6089 Crores with minimum being 2885 Cr & maximum 10,220 Cr. Now I wonder what these companies mean when they say "we're covering previous losses"???

The current losses are a pure manipulation of figures so that they can justify petrol hikes. A company can easily show its profits as losses by increasing their expenditure figures, inventory holding, debtors, etc... Since April 2011 IOC has increased its inventory by 5500 Cr, receivable money by 3100 Cr which together can convert the so called 7485 Cr loss into profits. All this manipulation of figures combined with govt grant tricks only help these companies to increase the prices & thus their profits. Only one expense remains to be calculated....Amount paid to UPA for letting them hike the prices...

As per my calculations & past records IOC will for sure be in good profits by the end of this financial year, as usual (see pic)!
If u also want to verify the facts please search for financial statements or visit the url below..
*This post was previously kept on our FB page, apologies for the late post on this blog

Sunday, 9 December 2012

The literal relationship of Marketing, Networking & Money - FB vs Linkedin

Facebook ads costs sky rocketing or is it Linkedin?

Just finished up ordering another Facebook ad for our site Virtuexbank and realized how much facebook is really earning. With the timeline we set up my minimum cost of one click at 17 Rs ($ 0.3) to a maximum of 66 Rs ($ 1.9). Mixing this with the recently launched promote post feature  Facebook is sure to get huge revenues.

But then we went to Linked in for similar ad & we realized its not FB which is really charging high, its Linkedin instead with a minimum cost per click at $2 (whatever your criteria is). This seemed totally insane to me, it might be okay for a big firm but for a small startup with private funding is really not affordable.

And suddenly, we realized we still have to do this, whatever the cost may be, its business and business is not done without money. If we have to communicate with top global leaders Linkedin is THE network to use, no Facebook or Google could provide what Linkedin is providing us in a very precise manner. People didn't really take Linkedin seriously enough, neither did we, its a new experience for us & probably a good sign too (realizing right thing at the right time).

All of this really made me realize, the literal relationship of Marketing, Networking & Money together at once!

Friday, 30 November 2012

Monetization strategy for mobile apps: ads or virtual goods?

Well its not us, its the statistics speaking:

So the point to think about is, how should we monetize our apps: should we display ads or develop a virtual goods strategy...stay tuned we'll let you know in our next series.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Study: Gamers are gaga for virtual goods

With total buying reaching 15 billion dollars worldwide, have you been buying?

Consumer spending on virtual goods has doubled since 2009, according to a survey by Visa’s PlaySpan digital monetization division. And the total U.S. market value for virtual goods grew 28 percent to $2.3 billion in 2011.

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