This would be awesome as an alternative to Facebook having all your likes / personal information and other companies tapping into that. Imagine if you stored all of that in Enigma instead and only gave it to the companies you trusted.
So you could store your own list of favorite music bands in the cloud and share that with say spotify or pandora to get personalized recommendations, but nobody else knows about it. Then you store your favorite authors in another location which only amazon has access to. Or your medical records could be kept in the cloud and only shared with your personal doctor, then easily transfered to another doctor if you switch.
This seems like a great solution for storing these small pieces of personal information in the cloud without having to give them all to a central authority like so many people do with Facebook currently.
I've always thought this would be amazing for file storage in general. A Dropbox that just syncs with the cloud encrypting your content with a private key and you can withdraw it at any time. You simply give back say 5 x as much storage as you use for the data mirroring.
AFAIK this was the concept behind Wuala. Founded in Switzerland, later bought by French company LaCie. According to their website the clien side encryption is still there, however they discontinued the collaborative disk space business model.
We're trying to recreate that concept with peergos, https://github.com/ianopolous/Peergos we're considering trying to use ipfs, http://ipfs.io under the hood which would be nice. Wuala was great but they never open sourced it and stopped the storage earning in 2008.
A couple months ago we launched edgee, a platform for sharing high-quality content in carefully curated collections, called edgees. The app runs on Meteor and we're very happy with it.
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How is it that every time I visit a webpage made with meteor, the only thing I get is a blank page ? Is it specific to meteor to not work without cookies enabled, couldn't it at least display a message asking me to enable cookies, even an error page explaining why I get nothing but a white background.
Creator of Sidebar here. You're right, it's not the best showcase of Meteor. The reason it's this way is because it's running on a very old fork of Telescope (http://telescopeapp.org), and I haven't had time to update it.
But you make some good points. Meteor is not for everything, and if I had known from the start that Sidebar would end up being just a list of links I might have used a different stack (like Rails, or even a static site generator).
Are you guys hiring junior front end or js developers at the moment? Specifically someone with no professional experience but is smart, has basic skills and is a quick learner.(I'm teaching her at the moment and she really wants to work in Amsterdam)
There are 3 other reasons that I use a Web IDE now (started using Cloud9 about 9 months ago)
- When doing client work it's much easier to show clients what you're working on at any time. Don't need to mess around with a staging server and uploading files + DB changes etc.
- All client projects are in their own environment with their own config / env vars / DB. So say a client wants changes made 3 months down the line it's super easy to get the project back in the state it was then. On a local machine I frequently run into problems where I've updated my machine or changed config since last working with them and it takes an hour or two just to get the project going again.
- When learning new languages can just create a new project of that type and it has everything you need ready to go. Especially useful if you have a windows machine where using NodeJS / Rails is often much more painful than it should be.
Full disclosure: I now work for Cloud9 (wish I could edit this into the above post but HN won't let me now). I wasn't asked to post these points and the reason I recently applied for a job there was because I enjoyed the product so much.
Just wanted to post about why I made the switch to an online IDE because I only realised what a time saver it was for client work after I started using it.