03 Mar

Alex Payne – Advising Simperium

Dropbox is the clear leader in syncing raw bits today. They do a great job at it. The latest version of Simplenote supports syncing to Dropbox because it’s so darn useful. That said, Dropbox isn’t a solution for the problem of syncing structured documents. You can build that extra sync layer, but isn’t easy, particularly if you’re a developer who’s never built a sync solution before. The beleaguered developers at Cultured Code know all too well that this is a hard problem. Right now, sync is a problem that’s getting solved by developers over and over again in slightly different ways; some better, some worse.

What Simperium will eventually offer is an easy-to-use platform for building apps that sync. I’m happy to announce that I’m now an advisor to and a (very minor) investor in Simperium. I haven’t worked on sync systems, but I am hoping that I can provide some insight to the Simperium team on building a developer platform and scaling out their backend systems.

via Alex Payne – Advising Simperium. Sure everybody uses Dropbox but storing/reading text files isn’t the solution, there needs to be a modern solution to synching.

16 Nov

Electronic Frontier Foundation – Legal Attack on Internet Music Storage Threatens ‘Safe Harbor’ Rules for Online Businesses

MP3Tunes offers a locker service where users can sync their personal digital music and video up to "the cloud" to access from any web browser or many mobile and home entertainment devices. Recording giant EMI claims that MP3Tunes should be held responsible for infringing content stored in the lockers of some of its users. MP3Tunes contends that it is immune from liability because it does not engage in, encourage or benefit from copyright infringement and it quickly removes material identified in a copyright holder’s complaint against its users, as required by the "safe harbor" provisions in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). In the amicus brief filed Tuesday, EFF and its co-amici argue that EMI is trying to rewrite the "safe harbor" provisions and hold service providers liable for the actions of their users.

via Electronic Frontier Foundation – Legal Attack on Internet Music Storage Threatens ‘Safe Harbor’ Rules for Online Businesses. Sounds to me like a totally legal and awesome business. Even better the service isn’t all that expensive compared to buying the same amount of storage through something like Dropbox.