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personal cloud computingTonido allows you to run your own personal cloud, giving you access to all of your desktop files from anywhere through a web browser or your smartphone. You can access and share all of your files, including documents, photos, music and videos. There is no uploading, no storage limits, and the service is free.

Tonido has come a long way since we first covered it Tonido: Cloudless Computing On Your Desktop Tonido: Cloudless Computing On Your Desktop Read More back in April of ’09. They have made significant progress in their development efforts by streamlining the user interface, adding features like video streaming and adding documents via email, and making some other significant changes.

In this article, I’ll show you what’s new with Tonido. Your files will be floating around in your very own personal cloud in no time.

Personal Cloud Computing With Tonido

Before we get too in-depth with Tonido’s new features, lets take a refreshing look at everything you can do with Tonido. They’ve developed some very creative and interesting ways you can utilize their service, and – depending on what types of files you’ll be sharing – there is something unique for everyone.

JukeBox

If you’re into music (who isn’t?), you’ll love the JukeBox feature. JukeBox is an application for Tonido that gives you quick/easy access to your personal music collection.

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You can stream music (MP3, WMA, FLAC, AAC, OGG, M4A) to anywhere as well as search and tag songs, share with guest users, organize your collection, and create custom playlists.

Photos

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Photos is a Tonido app that allows the sending of photos directly (and privately) via Tonido’s P2P network to friends and family. There is no size limit, and you can set it up so that photos are automatically sent when new ones are added to your folder. Comments and ratings are also supported.

Thots

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You can utilize the Thots application as your personal blog. Thots acts as a private blog or journal, which you can use to store notes, bookmarks, web clips, and other random pieces of information. It’s very similar to WordPress, which makes it an attractive feature.

Anything Else?

Tonido has lots more functionality with the other apps it provides. Other apps include Torrent, Workspace, Money Manager, Webshare, OpenID, Screenshare, Search, and Explorer. These make for some interesting ideas, so be sure to check them out.

If you would like to learn more about Tonido-supported applications, you can find more information here.

Now that you’re interested, let’s check out what else Tonido is capable of.

Mobile Applications

Tonido now has mobile applications for you. You can find apps for Blackberry, iPhone and Android devices, which are available in their respective app stores.

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Using the mobile apps, users can now browse their PCs (as well as Mac and Linux computers), stream music, open popular file formats (Word, PowerPoint, Excel), create a share and much more.

Video Streaming

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With Tonido, you can now stream your videos from home. Using Tonido Explorer, you can open a web-based file browser application to manage and download your files. This allows you to view video files straight through your browser, just in case you want to watch something without having to copy the file over.

Upload Documents Via Email

Tonido is pretty adamant about the fact that you do not need to upload anything on your own to use their service, but if you need to save an important document you can do so via email. Just add your document as an attachment and email it to your account and it will appear in your folder. Once it’s there, you can access it the same way you would any other files.

Conclusion

As you can see, Tonido is potentially a very useful application. Being able to access your files across multiple computers is a great idea in and of itself, because it eliminates the need for copying files between machines.

If you have more than one computer, it’s difficult to keep your files in sync. Some file types are easier to manage than others, but for the most part it’s a losing battle. When you try to keep everything up-to-date between your different machines, things tend to get pretty messy in a hurry.

Tonido has many uses, but what will you be using it for? Leave your thoughts, ideas, and comments below!

  1. Livefortechnology
    October 10, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    The term "cloud" is being thrown around rather loosly these days. For an end-user, "cloud" simply appeals for a few key reasons, which all seem to be missing with this provider. 1: Bandwidth-when a user uploads to a cloud provider they know when they access that data from "anywhere", it's the cloud providers bandwidth, the user doesn't have to worry about how much it uses or how much it costs, it's like air - it's just there. 2: Redundancy-users 'expect' that once their data is in the "cloud", nothing will prevent them from accessing it.

    Having worked in the technology industry for over 20 years, this solution albeit "cool" is to me nothing more than pcanywhere from 20 years ago on multimedia steroids - nothing more, nothing less. For me the 2 rules of "cloud" are broken.....one, if my one pc crashes I can't access my data (no redundancy), and two, I have to do the math on bandwidth I get 30 mbit down but only 1 mbit UP and the UP is what will "push" the data to me in remote locations. The experience may be slow and may cause my ISP to apply additional kbit upload charges.

  2. Livefortechnology
    October 10, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    The term "cloud" is being thrown around rather loosly these days. For an end-user, "cloud" simply appeals for a few key reasons, which all seem to be missing with this provider. 1: Bandwidth-when a user uploads to a cloud provider they know when they access that data from "anywhere", it's the cloud providers bandwidth, the user doesn't have to worry about how much it uses or how much it costs, it's like air - it's just there. 2: Redundancy-users 'expect' that once their data is in the "cloud", nothing will prevent them from accessing it.

    Having worked in the technology industry for over 20 years, this solution albeit "cool" is to me nothing more than pcanywhere from 20 years ago on multimedia steroids - nothing more, nothing less. For me the 2 rules of "cloud" are broken.....one, if my one pc crashes I can't access my data (no redundancy), and two, I have to do the math on bandwidth I get 30 mbit down but only 1 mbit UP and the UP is what will "push" the data to me in remote locations. The experience may be slow and may cause my ISP to apply additional kbit upload charges.

  3. Myspamchest
    October 9, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    So DropBox is better than tonido now. These days we need to save power and not let our PC to be turn on 24/7

  4. DOD
    October 9, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    ok but my 2 PC needs to be turn on always?

  5. ScottRouse3
    October 9, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Its called DropBox. DropBox.com

  6. Anonymous
    October 9, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    Its called DropBox. DropBox.com

  7. Jemz
    October 9, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    No offense, but its not a cloud if you run it. Just saying...

  8. Lori
    October 9, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    I use Tonido...you forgot to mention that syncing, android app, etc only works when your computer is on. If it's turned off or sleeping, you can't use it.

    • tonido
      October 9, 2010 at 4:40 pm

      yes. you need to have your computer on

      • Myspamchest
        October 9, 2010 at 8:38 pm

        So DropBox is better than tonido now. These days we need to save power and not let our PC to be turn on 24/7

        • tonido
          October 10, 2010 at 1:58 am

          you can buy the TonidoPlug. it will cost you only 5$ in electricity per year to run the device. For dropbox, you need to pay 9.99 every month and it is limited to only file sharing

  9. TLW
    October 9, 2010 at 11:41 am

    I checked out the cloud, and Guys, it's $19.00 a month. 50% off for the first 6 months. Bummer :(

    • tonido
      October 9, 2010 at 4:01 pm

      The article refers to the Tonido software that you can install in your computer

  10. clak
    October 9, 2010 at 4:34 am

    Ever since I installed Tonido iPhone App, I'm hooked... All music, video anywhere anytime.

  11. plugfan
    October 9, 2010 at 3:46 am

    I use Tonido to listen to my music collection from Gym. Also use it to share my daughter's photos with her grandparents

  12. dino
    October 9, 2010 at 2:57 am

    Tonido is getting better everyday. I love the new Android app

  13. Matt Sawyers
    October 9, 2010 at 4:26 am

    Jukebox: Listening to my music instead of listening to Starbucks.
    Workspace: A space for my team & I to organize ideas, information, events and assign tasks to each other.
    Explorer: Stream videos to my iPhone/iPad utilizing Netdrive & AirVideo
    webshare: Share documents with family & coworkers... at least i know they'll be at the link I specify. Also I can add or restrict access. :-)

  14. Matt Sawyers
    October 9, 2010 at 2:26 am

    Jukebox: Listening to my music instead of listening to Starbucks.Workspace: A space for my team & I to organize ideas, information, events and assign tasks to each other.
    Explorer: Stream videos to my iPhone/iPad utilizing Netdrive & AirVideo
    webshare: Share documents with family & coworkers... at least i know they'll be at the link I specify. Also I can add or restrict access. :-)

  15. Tech Maish
    October 8, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Uploading documents via Email is great feature of Tonido. I will surely try this one.

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