I’ve been watching the reemergence of Kim Dotcom’s new Mega service with much anticipation. The re-entrance of Dotcom to the online storage market is sure to be making a few of the bigger cloud companies nervous. In the first week alone they reached over 1 million users signing up for the service. And how could you blame people with a very generous 50GB of storage absolutely free. Even the paid services are more than most people could want with a piddly $10 for 500GB. This blows Dropbox’s pricing out of the water.
As part of my day to day computer use, I run 4 separate Dropbox accounts. One is personal files, two are for separate partnership businesses and a fourth is for my holiday rental business. There are all very good reasons that I want to separate these accounts out, but the guys at Dropbox simply don’t want to cater to multi account users like myself. Three of the four accounts are paid accounts and I am prepared to pay for the last one once I have the need over the 2GB of storage space that comes with it.
These run very nicely together, however it takes a bit of setup work to get this working right. You need to run 4 instances of the program, under 4 separate windows user accounts. You need to set a shortcut in your startup folder to run when windows boots, and then hide the extra accounts from your login screen as well. Each instance of dropbox will tell you when a file has changed, but the ‘Open Dropbox Folder’ option from the system tray icon wont work for those running as a different user. The three extra account sometimes randomly shut down and stop the syncing.
Apart from the difficulties of setting up such a system, and the flaws mentioned above, it is a great tool to have. The syncing is fantastic and the safety of using it gives a warm and fuzzy feeling whenever you encounter a computer issue that threatens your computer system.
It is also these issues along with the pricing structue that could see Dropbox losing even more of its market share to Mega, if Mega can provide an app which handles multiple accounts. I look forward to seeing what turns up on this front.5