First let me share some good articles to read from some academic friends of mine:
- 8 Reasons Final Exams Might Be All Wrong 8 Reasons
- 10 Buddhist Maxims For Business 10 Buddhist Maxims
- 10 Next-Gen Twitter Comedians You Need to Follow Comedians
- 15 Biographies Every MBA Student Should Read 15 Biographies
- 7 Most Common Facebook Crimes 7 Most Common Facebook Crimes
- 40 Important Ergonomics Tips for Students Online All the Time 40 Important Ergonomics Tips
- The New Networking: Ultimate FaceBook Guide for 2012 Grads The New Networking
- 43 Things Your Future Boss Wants You to Know 43 Things
- 10 Best iPhone Apps for Staying Safe on Campus 10 Best iPhone Apps
- The New Networking: Ultimate Twitter Guide for 2012 Grads The New Networking
- 32 Pinteresting Ideas to Organize Your Home Office 32 Pinteresting Ideas
Last week, I shared a blog post about the new Google drive service. In the post, I talked about Dropbox, which is a service I’ve used for years. You can find out more about Dropbox in the following articles:
- Dropbox: The Inside Story Of Tech’s Hottest Startup The Inside Story
- Dropbox on Wiki Dropbox on Wiki
Now let me pose a question. How well will Dropbox do, now that Google and Microsoft (i.e. SkyDrive) have entered the picture?
If we read through the Wiki article, there are some interesting tidbits to discover. For one thing, it was started by an MIT graduate. This person kept forgetting his USB flash drive. It looks like they really got off the ground in the year 2010.
In 2011, they have a user base of around 50 million users. It’s estimated the valuation of the company is anywhere from 1 to 10 billion. It also mentions that two U2 band members are investors.
Now we come along and find a recent news story entitled Review: Using Files Made Easy with Online Storage at Using Files. Here we see a popular news service covering Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft SkyDrive.
If you look at the free offerings, Dropbox gives you 2 gig, Google 5 gig, and Microsoft 7 gig. So right away, we find the 2 well-known software companies are offering up more than Dropbox.
If I look at the Wiki article on SkyDrive at Wiki article on SkyDrive, it mentions the service has been tested since 2007. Were the Dropbox founders aware of this?
A good comparison article for cloud services is How To Choose The Best Cloud For Your Data Best Cloud
It’s interesting that Dropbox is chiefly written in the scripting language Python. It’s a scripting language I played with a while back, along with Perl and PHP. It’s easier to build something in a scripting language than a tradition language like Java, C++ or C#.
Perhaps it’s easier to compare the services to members of the Avengers movie. There might be room for all players, just as there is room for all avengers characters. Actually, I don’t think the Black Widow and Hawkeye add much to what the Avengers can do. Thor, Hulk and Iron Man will offer the raw power needed. Captain America is needed on the Avengers as Batman is on the Justice League. Both are skilled strategists who can figure out ways to find weak points, etc. Both are also skilled warriors in battle. Either can be a team leader.