Dropbox Terms of Service and Privacy Policy Change – What it means to your Data and Rights?


Today Dropbox has changed the Terms Of Service and Privacy Policy  once again.  We don’t have the legal expertise to comment on the  merits and demerits of Arbitration clause or the importance of user rights to seek legal remedy in a court of law.  From the user comments on the blog post, it does seem like a unpopular move by Dropbox.

But we can say one thing: Once personal data moves from your computer to a 3rd party cloud, the data is not yours anymore…

Luckily our users have Tonido. We are proud of the personal cloud service that we have created and run over 5 years to  safeguard your privacy and online freedom.  At this time, there is no better challenge in the internet and our team is ready to carry on the fight with your help.

We promise to our users that we will make Tonido as the #1 Personal Cloud .


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Automatic Photo and Video Backup using Tonido iOS app!

One of the most important features of public cloud services like Dropbox,  iCloud etc is the ability to automatically upload photos and videos of the mobile devices without user intervention. This is a very convenient feature and knowing that your photos and videos are always  tucked away in a safe  location is a great feeling. Unfortunately, with the amount of photos and videos generated by the mobile devices, the storage size can balloon resulting in a) costly storage fee b) requiring constant management of images/videos to free up more space. Further, your personal photos are stored in a 3rd party server where your data privacy, security and ownership is a big question mark.

ALL that changes with Tonido, where you own your storage and is completely run and managed by you!

With the latest Tonido iOS App and Tonido server (Both free upgrades of course!) you can now get this feature in your very own private cloud. No more storage fee, No more subscriptions, privacy concerns! you simply slap in a cheap hard disk and point it to Tonido to use it for backing up your photos and videos.

This functionality is currently available only in the Tonido iOS app and will soon be coming to the Android version as well.

So, What is needed?

1. The latest Tonido iOS app from Apple appstore (v7.0).

2. Latest Tonido server (As of Feb 10, it is v4.77.0.25919) . To update, simply go to Settings->General -> “Check for Updates” and follow prompts.

and here is how to enable it


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Top 10 resources for System Administrators

A system administrator is responsible for the maintenance and security of computer networks. The job includes administering networks, individual systems, databases, web applications, mail servers and many more components. With crucial tasks such as these in hand, it is imperative that a system admin maintains a list of resources to fall back to in case of emergency, use them to expand knowledge- or just have some fun from the serious life. Here is a list of some top resources for such people! (more…)

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Using .bashrc in Unix systems

If you are a system administrator, your tasks generally require you to login to many systems remotely through the terminal, and having proper knowledge of useful commands is a must! However, just knowing about these commands is not sufficient because you need to use them efficiently. Getting your mind over the bashrc file is one step in that process.

Where is the .bashrc file located?

Since messing around with the .bashrc file can cause big issues with your system, it is a hidden file located in your home directory. That means you can open the file with any text editor by going to ~/.bashrc. The absolute path is /home/<my_username>/.bashrc (more…)

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Tonido Server and Tonido Drive v4.75.0.25764 Available Now

Happy New year and The first of 2014 Tonido server updates is now available for all OS versions.

This build focuses primarily on the indexing functionality as well as miscellaneous bug fixes.

Specify media type to index in a folder

With this build, it is possible to index only Audio/photos/videos and any combination of the three. By default all the three types of media will be indexed.





Enabled Large Image Caching 

Tonido’s Prepare media capability and Indexing functionality used to cache only the thumbnail images. With this build, thumb nail and larger versions of the image will be cached resulting in significant improvement in  access performance using mobile apps.


Bug fixes:

Preserve Audio Metadata Case: The indexed audio metadata read via MP3′s ID3 Tags or from FLAC files will be maintained. This requires re-indexing of the audio files

Maintain Audio Album’s Track Number: The default view of an album will be sorted using track number of the audio files

Robust FLAC file metadata extraction: There were instances of incorrect strings being extracted for FLAC files. These have been fixed.

Access history for public shares: This build fixes the access logs of public shares.

Stability improvements: A number of fixes have been rolled into this release to improve the server stability.



Tonido Drive Changes:

As a part of this release, Tonido Drive has also been updated.

The Tonido Drive has been significantly updated to improve stability and performance as well as fixing a number of bugs.

Some of the important fixes are

- Fixes a bug that prevents access of root drives (Drive_x type of folders)

- Handles server side updates correctly

- Improves performance for Microsoft Office Document editing



The release notes are available here

We would love to hear from you. Please let us know of your feedback via our forums or via Facebook.


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Top 5 Music Streaming Services for iOS

In today’s day and age, everything is moving over the air to the cloud. With this, everyone is able to access their data wirelessly through the cloud. Streaming music is one of the most popular uses of cloud data storage and with the power of smartphones in almost everybody’s pockets these days, it’s now easier than ever. This article will give you the low-down of which applications on iOS devices are the cream of the crop as far as music streaming goes, in no particular order.

  1. Tonido (free) 

Tonido is a fantastic application available for both the iPhone and iPad. What’s especially attractive about this application is the ability to run your own personal cloud server from which you can stream your music from. This allows you to stream exactly the songs you know and love directly from your own personal cloud. Simply install the companion server application on your computer and your iOS device will immediately load all of your data, whether it’s documents, images, or music. Another great feature of this application is the ability to select the bitrate of the music you’re streaming. If you’re low on data, you can choose to stream a lower bitrate. On the other hand, if you have unlimited data, you can freely stream at 320 kbps without a hassle. Most other music streaming applications generally are restricted to 128 or 256kbps, so this feature is a welcome addition to Tonido. The application is currently free in the iOS App Store.

2. iTunes Radio (free)

iTunes Radio is Apple’s own brainchild. It’s baked directly into the music application on both the iPhone and iPad. Users simply enter a song that they enjoy which will basically create an internet radio station with music similar to the song you chose. It also streams music at the higher quality bitrate of 256 kbps which is great. However, it doesn’t allow users to listen to specifically their song of choice. To do that, they require you to purchase the full song and then download it via the store.

 3. Pandora (free)

What’s a top music streaming application list without Pandora, right? This is basically the app that started it all. Apple created their iTunes Radio to combat Pandora’s music streaming service. Like iTunes Radio, users simply create a station with a song they enjoy and the application will play music similar to the one they entered. However, there are two minor downsides to the application. The first is the pesky ads that display every few songs. Another downside is the limited amount of skips per radio station. Nonetheless, Pandora remains an excellent application to stream music through.

4. Spotify (free)

Spotify is a music streaming application that combines the highlights of Tonido and Pandora. While you can select which songs you want to listen to, it’s ad-supported. Of course, you can get rid of the ads by opting to pay a small monthly fee. It’s definitely worth it if you’re a power user, as the application allows you to also download the songs for offline use. You can also use the application on your computer to create playlists which you can listen to on your iOS device, which is quite handy.

5. Rdio (paid subscription)

 Lastly, Rdio is an excellent streaming service for iOS with one major caveat, its monthly subscription fee of $10. However, it features a gorgeous user interface and a vast music library from which to select from, with no ads whatsoever. Also, you can access this service from your computer with these premium features available on that platform as well. Also, you can select the bitrate to stream the music in, which is useful for those with limited data plans. Therefore, this application is great for power users who stream their music from multiple devices rather than just their smartphone.

Overall, these are the best five music-streaming applications for the iOS mobile platform, not in any specific order. If you have any comments or questions, feel free to leave them below.

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Beginners Guide to Internet Security and Privacy

With the boost in internet connectivity and free wifi-spots popping up at every nook and corner, the vast world wide web has become your playground. Increased connectivity means that you spend most of your time connected to the internet. But, have you ever wondered how safe you are, especially if you are connected to a public network like a WiFi Hotspot?

Although the general idea is to install a good anti-virus software, set up a firewall and make sure you stay away from any malware, new threats are coming up every day and you need to keep up with latest technologies to combat them!

As everyone related to this world would say, it is never possible to ensure total security and there are always chances of vulnerabilities. We should, however, try to consciously stay one step ahead of the malicious activities. Here are a few ways which ensure that at least no one is able to snoop on you. (more…)

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File Synchronization Performance Benchmarks – Tonido vs. Dropbox

Users’ desire to access their content from anywhere  and the Proliferation of smart phones, tablets and game boxes like Xbox, PS3 in modern homes  and has created a  new market category of Personal Cloud solutions. Various research reports from leading research firms predict that the next decade will be an era of Personal Clouds and forecast the active accounts associated with personal cloud storage services will exceed 1 billion at the end of 2013.

When it comes to Personal Clouds, There are mainly 2 schools of thought

  1. Personal Cloud based on Public Cloud (Yeah  It is kind of Oxymoron).  Ex: Dropbox and Google Drive are major offerings in this category
  2. Self hosted Personal cloud solutions like Tonido, arkOS, Own Cloud and others

We (Tonido) are one of the early proponent of self hosted Personal Cloud concept. Now we can confidently say our Personal Cloud server,  mobile apps, sync and drive clients can give serious competition to popular public cloud compatriots in terms of functionality, UX, Performance and value. You don’t have to take our word for it.  Do your own research.  Check our mobile apps rating in the respective app stores, Read independent media reviews or check out user reviews of Tonido in popular news forums or just try the Tonido software by downloading from here.

But when you compete with multi-billion dollar behemoths like Google or Dropbox for a market share , it is imperative to change the narrative to objectivity and bring quantitative numbers to the table.If we are going to compete in terms of perception, it is a lost case and we don’t have the resources to pull it off.

So we did a comparison study between Tonido Sync vs. Dropbox’ s  two way file synchronization performance within LAN.  When the Tonido server and sync client is on the same LAN network,  our Smart LAN switch technology enables direct file, media sync  instead of going through our relay servers. In similar fashion, Dropbox’s LAN Sync  enables faster sync if two clients are on the same LAN. The benchmark results based on our tests will prove the merits of  Tonido Personal Cloud in an objective fashion. Based on our user metrics over the years, we estimate 70-80% of access happens within home LAN and the remaining 30% of access happens over WAN.  So it is very important to provide a superior experience when the access or sync happens within the home LAN and Tonido provides that superior experience.

Test Setup:  Tonido Sync vs. Dropbox Clients

Both computers under test are situated in the same LAN, connected to the same router and ran the latest versions of Dropbox and Tonido software.


Test Results: Two way File Synchronization Performance in LAN (Tonido Sync vs. Dropbox)



Based on our findings, In Average, Tonido Sync is 3 to 5 times faster than Dropbox in the same LAN. Let us know your experience in the comments.
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Web Scraping and Legal Issues

Web Scraping is the process of extracting data from websites, preferably using a program which simulates human exploration by sending simple HTTP requests or emulating a full web browser. Web Scraping, Content Scraping, Screen Scraping, Web Harvesting or Web Data Extraction are all analogous terms. In general, anything that you can see on the internet can be extracted and the process made automated.

There is a close resemblance between web scraping and web indexing. However, one stark difference is that web scraping is focussed on gathering a particular type of data like contact information, whereas the objective of content scraping is to gather all the data that is present. Web scraping has been used effectively in many fields like online price comparison (BuyHatke) and web mashup (Frrole). (more…)

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Happy Holidays from Team Tonido

In this season of gratitude, we are thankful for your continued support.


Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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