Today’s ponderance comes curtsy of my desire for more online storage. I’ve long been a Dropbox fan but 2GB of cloud storage isn’t a lot and I’d rather not pay £5 a month for 100GB option. So here’s where I started thinking.
Sat a top a large chest of draws in my office is a rather neglected Raspberry Pi – and no not the kind of pie one would eat, as it surely would have grown a dark green froth of mould by now. This Pi is indeed the popular credit card sized personal computer that Element4 heralded as the new revolution in computing. £35 for a PC? Bargain!
So what to do with it?
Time for a Google…. Search Term: “Raspberry Pi Cloud Storage”
There were a couple of forum discussions about Raspberry Pi and Dropbox but nothing stood out at me, until I found an Instructables article on the topic.
Raspberry Pi ownCloud (Dropbox Clone) by Hackitbuildit
Essentially this is a guide that walks you through installing ownCloud onto your Raspberry Pi, creating a web server and then integrating the two to create your own version of Dropbox – but its open source and free.
What is ownCloud?
I’ve stolen this from their website as they describe their service better than I could:
“ownCloud gives you universal access to your files through a web interface or WebDAV. It also provides a platform to easily view & sync your contacts, calendars and bookmarks across all your devices and enables basic editing right on the web. Installation has minimal server requirements, doesn’t need special permissions and is quick. ownCloud is extendable via a simple but powerful API for applications and plugins.” http://owncloud.org/about/
So I’ve figured this all sounds pretty grand and over the Christmas period I’ll have a play around with the ownCloud tutorial.