Thank you, rsync.net

2014/11/23

I cancelled rsync.net yesterday because I decided I don’t need it anymore.

rsync.net was my off-site backup of my VPS at DigitalOcean, mails, my user’s Library folder on OS X and Dropbox.

If you don’t know, rsync.net runs on FreeBSD and jails. Every account is actually a jail with very limited access (the less access, the better): rsync, ssh (no, you can’t log in ito your account through SSH) and a few other tools. You can access and mount rsync.net with sshFS but that is not a real SSH access.

I learned from rsync.net that rsync must run on both sides when you want to sync your files with a remote machine. rsync.net showed me how must a real support look like.

And I think rsync.net is the reason why I run FreeBSD on my dedicated server with jails on it today.

So, thank you, rsync.net.

PS: A tip: Demand a Hacker News discount if you are a new customer. You will save a lot. Because rsync.net is not cheap.