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News 10-09-10 03:10 PM

Run Your Own Personal Cloud With Tonido
 
http://main.makeuseoflimited.netdna-...nido-intro.pngTonido 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 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!
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