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We've banned this account, as well as associated accounts and website, for abusing HN for promotion.

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This reads like one of those articles where they list established services and casually include an unknown one. It's best to disclose your affiliation.

That's what it actually is. If you look at cloudyo's comment history, its all about Duple.

I don't mind self-promotion on HN, especially if they built it themselves, but this is a bit much.

And unfortunately using multiple accounts too: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=21500881

Anybody know of any other privacy-oriented Dropbox/Drive alternatives?

I've been using Syncthing for years: https://syncthing.net/

It's entirely P2P, so no 3rd party hosting of your files, no trusting someone's crypto/update schemes, or having to set up your own servers (although you still can easily add it to a VPS if you want offsite). There's also a nice mobile app:


You can also securely share directories with another person who uses Syncthing, I've found autosync directories are easier than using something like Airdrop for sharing photos with family.

I don't know much about them, but Sync https://www.sync.com seems to be in this space.

Has a 5GB free tier, higher tiers cheaper than dropbox. Based in Canada if that matters.

I'm using them for years as a form of backup. Very reasonable priced, works flawlessly for me though I mainly use as a form of backup for a synced folder. GDPR compliant.

I've seen a HN poster promote filestash.app which looks like it's either self-host or hosted. I guess you might have to add in something like Spideroak, Backblaze, or tarsnap if you want to self host + backup.

Or Syncthing as others have pointed out.

I'm still thinking which is best. They're slightly different use cases. But generally, I'd only really trust it if there's open source, otherwise there's lock-in.

Nextcloud is a wonderful bit of FLOSS, been using it for years now.

Duple home page states "CREATE YOUR OWN PRIVATE CLOUD AT HOME, IN ONE CLICK." This is blatantly false as is most everything that advertises itself as "one click". Please change it to a real number like, oh I don't know, 12 maybe? Plus a bunch of keystrokes... Sorry for the unsubstantial comment but this really grinds my gears.

Love Proton, DDG, and Signal. Use them all the time. Never heard of Duple. But, FWIW I use pCloud instead - it's a paid service (I bought a one-time lifetime license of 2TB of space).

pCloud's software is solid. I battle tested a number of other cloud services before selecting them. Their implementation is excellent - with virtually every other provider I found missing features or easily discovered bugs when putting them through the ringer in terms of testing.

Just gonna toss StartPage (https://www.startpage.com/) out there as an alternative to Google.

DDG uses bing under the hood. StartPage proxies requests to Google. I've just personally found the latter to give better consistent results, particularly with my searches for technical/programming issues.

You might reconsider your use of StartPage. It was taken over by an Ad company recently.


DuckDuckGo doesn't "use bing under the hood" exactly: it has a large number of sources, including some other search engines like Bing, Yahoo and Yandex but also its own crawler ("DuckDuckGoBot")[0].

[0] https://help.duckduckgo.com/results/sources

Thank you for the correction; is this a recent development? I'll definitely give DDG another try, especially in light of rapnie's comment about StartPage's recent acquisition by a company with a very likely conflict of interest.

another alternative to gmail is https://posteo.de

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