CES in Snapshots : Day 2

Convention Center

Convention Center

Beat the MSI gaming champion and win a Laptop

Beat the MSI gaming champion and win a Laptop

Lamborghini on Display

Lamborghini on Display

Colorful Displays

Colorful Displays

Guy Kawasaki (Far Left) speaking about Plug Computing

Guy Kawasaki (Far Left) speaking about Plug Computing

Live Artwork

Live Artwork

Talking about TonidoPlug

Explaining TonidoPlug

Got Tonido?

Got Tonido?

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Announcing TonidoUser.com Public Wiki

We’ve got forums, we’ve got a blog, and, of course, we offer support. But there was one thing missing: a place for Tonido and TonidoPlug users to share their knowledge, tips, and tricks. That’s why we are launching TonidoUser (http://tonidouser.com/), a wiki that covers all things Tonido and TonidoPlug.

Whether you have been using Tonido for some time or you just got your shiny new TonidoPlug server, chances are you will find here some useful information that can help you to get started and get the most out of the Tonido software and hardware. Right now the wiki contains only a few articles, but you can help to make it a fountain of knowledge for all Tonido and TonidoPlug users.

To make things a little more interesting, we also give you a chance to win a TonidoPlug unit. Head to the wiki for more details and start contributing!

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CES in Snapshots : Day 1

Early Morning Flight to Vegas

Early Morning Flight to Vegas


Spidey and IronMan with TonidoPlug

Harley Davidson

Harley Davidson

CNET Live Broadcast

CNET Live Broadcast

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TonidoPlug Giveaway: CLOSED

The holidays are over, but we are still in the gift-giving mood. So if you have been dreaming about  your own shiny new TonidoPlug, here is your chance to win one. Just join us on Twitter @tonido and retweet the following tweet: “Follow @tonido and win a TonidoPlug personal cloud server”. That’s it!

We’ll randomly pick and notify the lucky winner on February 1, 2010.

Thanks for all the Tweets. We picked a winner: @gellenburg

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5 Tips on Getting Things Done in a Startup

A New Year 2010.

New Challenges, New Goals and a Fresh start. Every one dreams of wiping all the imperfect years off the slate and starting of new.

One of the things everyone wants to do is draw up a bunch of things that they want to get done and want it out of their way. It is easier said than done. Even with the best of intentions, the list becomes harder and harder to get accomplished, until finally it is abandoned altogether.

So here’s my take on getting things accomplished. After running a startup the last 2 years, I have some ideas (and opinions) on what works and what doesn’t. So if you are planning on executing for your next hypercool startup or just want to get stuff done some of this will be helpful.

1. Identify your Top Level Goal

You need to figure out what exactly you want. And you need to reason this out at the 50,000 foot, 100,000 foot or even better from outer space level. Although this sounds easy, this IS the hardest thing to do. Often times, figuring out what you want is impossible especially when you are operating a startup and you have no clue what you are doing(better not tell anyone). And notice, I said Goal not Goals. To execute, you need to be focused, if you try to do too many things, you will utterly fail. For example, your goal this month could be getting a major functional piece done and released.

2. Figure out the small tasks that make up your Top Level Goal

Every goal needs to be split into smaller digestible pieces, which don’t take more than a day to execute. Say if you are working on a new Website for your product, you can make the tasks be

  1. Figure out the outline
  2. Flesh out individual pages
  3. Add interactive scripts/analytics
  4. Talk to Graphics Designer and send site content
  5. Implement new site provided by designer

3. Keep the Goal Horizon Small

What I mean is that every single goal should be achievable within a month or less. More than that and you are setting yourself up for failure. If you have a goal that takes more than a few months, you are not really working on a startup; You are working for an established company. You don’t have that kind of luxury in a startup.

4. Sprint Every Single Day

Once you have a blue print, execution becomes straightforward. You just need to get those small tasks done and when you do, your Goal is complete as well. Every morning I write what I hope to get done in the day as a list in whiteboard. I write that down in BIG BOLD LETTERS and I start work on them. Keeping the tasks in my face makes me focused on the task at hand instead of reading the latest Gamespot reviews.

5. Keep things Organized and written down

You absolutely need a way to keep everything written down so you can look it up later or take actions on it. Never ever, trust your tasks to memory.

I have three “InBoxes”. My Email Inbox, Wiki and Whiteboard.

My Email Inbox is where I get stuff to do from the outside world.  Once I reply to an email and if there is no other action to be done I move it out of my inbox. Other times, it stays there till what I need to get done is complete. In a sense it is a reminder for me.

I keep all my high level goals, and tasks in the Wiki. At any time, the Wiki stores all my ideas as well. This way everything is captured.

Finally the Whiteboard stores all my day-to-day tasks. The contents driven by the goals in the wiki or emails in my inbox. Getting the whiteboard list done and complete everyday gives immense satisfaction and a feeling of measurable progress.

After fashioning my own system, I stumbled upon David Allen’s Getting Things Done book a couple of months ago and I found he gave a clear and insightful way of getting things done which I am sure will also be quite useful. Highly Recommended Reading.

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New Tonido Release Highlights

Tonido will help you start 2010 with a bang!

We just released a new Tonido release for all 4 platforms. Windows, Mac, Linux and TonidoPlug. This is a major Tonido release.

Here are the highlights:

1- Click Sharing of Files and Folders (Windows Only)

How many clicks does it take to send a file or folder to someone?

We made it so simple and easy that with Tonido, all it takes is 1-Click. Right click on the file or folder, and select “Tonido 1-Click Share“. That file will be instantly shared and you get a URL ready to share with anyone.

Watch the video below to see it in action.

Note: You will need to download and install the latest Tonido Windows release to get this new feature to show up.

Simplified Launch Page

We are making Tonido easier for people to grok and get into with the simplified launch page.


Explorer Application (Windows, Linux, Mac)

Explorer app is now available for all platforms. It was previously available only for the TonidoPlug.


Explorer allows you to manage your files: copy, rename, delete any of your files/folders remotely. It also has a nice iPhone friendly interface.


  • *Breaking Change* Webshare now stores thumbnail cache in user data directory. So if you have generated thumbnails, you will have recreate the thumbnails again.
  • Ability to share a single file. Previously you could only share folders.
  • Sharing of files is even more simpler with less questions and options to choose from. Just select a file and folder and you are done.
  • Public sharing feature is now available in Webshare.
  • Webshare can share at root drive level.


  • Workspace public calendar is now full featured similar to the calendar used in the private UI.


  • It is now possible to set default search location that will be used for searching
  • Wildcard search now possible.

Torrent Fixes


  • Now shows estimated time to completion for download.
  • Overall upload/download rates are displayed.


  • Ability to change priority of individual torrent files and also prevent downloads of individual files.
  • Enabled DHT. Use settings menu to disable DHT if required.

General Fixes

  • Remote Answer/Qn not asked in the same network


  • More robust detection of whether USB drive is mounted or not. Apps get unloaded if USB drive is removed.
  • Now requires Tonido Data Directory to be set to a USB drive (can be overridden)
  • Checks for atleast 70 MB free space before doing an update.

There are other minor fixes all around too small to mention.

We hope you like this release. Please let us know using comments below.

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Incredible 2009

It is almost 2 years (Jan 2008) since I quit my job to start CodeLathe and got the team together to build Tonido. It has been an incredible roller coaster ride since then for us with more highs than lows. I wouldn’t claim there were no lows, but the lows always made us appreciate the highs even better.

The biggest impact has been the incredibly positive and encouraging  response by our users, customers and the media. It has really made the difference in us having the ability to weather the many storms we faced.

And by any measure, 2009 was pretty incredible for CodeLathe. It was finally the year in which we released Tonido after working on it night and day the last one and half years. Here’s a quick recap of the 2009 highlights:

March 2009: Released Tonido Beta, with Workspace, Jukebox, Photos, Webshare

Apr 2009: Released Thots, ClipThots FF plugin, TonidoFox FF plugin

May 2009: Released Search

Aug 2009: Released TonidoPlug HW, Tonido went Live, Released Torrent, Explorer, OpenID , WebsharePro apps

Oct 2009: Released Tonido Relay Service

Nov 2009: Released Tonido Application Store support, WebsharePro Drag and Drop Uploader

Dec 2009: Released Backup

The list is phenomenal, but I am sure many of you will be more interested in what is coming next in 2010..

Without spilling all the beans, here’s some of the surefire things you can expect, Money Manager Ex on Tonido, native iPhone app support, more OS support (more Linux Distros) etc. Also expect Tonido 1.0 to finally reach your computer next year. We clearly see what needs to get done to get there.

But even more importantly there will be a huge focus in making Tonido easy and intuitive to use especially by the average non-geek user. So look for a ton of improvements to arrive at a breakneck pace.

Every startup goes through a lot of tough times, soul-searching and challenges, and ultimately, it is the people who are in it as well as around it that makes or breaks it and I am glad to say we are going strong and growing even stronger with each passing day, not only in terms of users and revenue, but also in terms of conviction and a sense of purpose to build a great product that will really change the world.

So thank y’all for a mighty fine 2009!

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The OS is dead, long live the Browser OS

Usually at the start of a new year, various tech pundits take out their crystal globe and after peering at it for a while will come out with their predictions for the future. Here’s mine.

If you have been following many of my blog posts, it probably comes as no surprise to you that my opinion is that the underlying OS is becoming less and less important(for the average user) as more and more functions are moving to the web.

An average user spends more time on the browser than in anything else. Here’s my Wakoopa data if you don’t believe me. Even though I spend a fair bit of time on development, it turns out I spend more than 50% of the time on the internet.

usageYes, you read that right. The blue stuff in the chart is time spent using a browser and you can see it overwhelms everything else.

So it hardly matters whether you are using a Mac, Linux or Windows, your experience is roughly about the same. This actually is the worst thing that can happen to Microsoft Windows and probably the best thing to happen to Linux and Mac.

Google realizes this and came out smartly with the Chrome OS with the stated goal of getting a user quickest from starting a machine to getting them into a browser and online. I am calling this the Browser OS, a modern development of the OS that tailors itself towards the function that most users are using. Quite neat.

This is still not ideal as some users still need to perform various things like interfacing with hardware etc, but I suspect that this will eventually be solved by still using the browser. For example, plugins inside a browser will allow websites to directly interact with computer hardware, so for example, your photos can get directly uploaded to the photo sharing site of your choice as soon as you plug it in into an USB port and so forth.

Believe it or not that day is not long off.

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Announcing Tonido Backup – local, offsite and peer-based backup

Tonido Backup application joins the family of utility apps available on all three platforms (Windows, Linux and Intel Mac). With this application, users have the ability to backup data using Tonido from any computer to any remote computer running Tonido regardless of its platform and its location!

Some of the features of the Backup application are

  • Ability to backup file or  folder.
  • Unlimited backups records.
  • No size limit on the amount of data.
  • Ability to set target regardless of the platform (cross platform backup).
  • Ability to schedule backup (Manual, Daily or weekly).
  • Ability to select backup target regardless of its location as it uses Tonido id.
  • Secure encrypted data transfer. All backup data is transferred using Tonido’s built in P2P engine and therefore the data is encrypted.
  • Simple setup (Backup can be set between any two Tonido group members).
Tonido Backup

Tonido Backup

Tonido Backup application is designed to be very simple to setup and use. Tonido Backup allows backup of a file or a folder to any Tonido group member. The backup is incremental and only the changes are transferred keeping the bandwidth usage to a minimum.

Backup action can be set to performed on user input or automatically every day or week.

Under the hood, Tonido Backup application uses the built in P2P engine to perform the data transfer. P2P data transfers are completely encrypted and does not require (for vast majority of cases) any port forwarding .

There is no restriction on the number of backups. You can setup backup of a file/folder to multiple computers to increase redundancy, and furthermore, there  is no size limit to the amount of data that can be backed up using Tonido Backup application!


So what are you waiting for? Download and install Tonido Backup application in your Tonido.

Help on Tonido Backup application is available here.

Let us know your thoughts via Tonido forums!

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Marvell Technology Day (MITD) in Pictures

Marvell makes the ARM chips that powers the TonidoPlug and they hosted a Marvell India Technology Day (MITD) event at Hotel Leela Palace, Bangalore, India, on November 10, 2009.  Since I was visiting India at that time, I was able to attend this event and also gave a talk at the Open Source Plug Computing knowledge forum. Thanks to Marvell for the opportunity.

Here are some impressions in pictures.

Keynote Speech


Other Speeches


Plug Computing Knowledge Forum


That is Me


Leela Palace Decor is pretty nice




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