Review of “cloud drives” – Younited – pt 1
I’m trying out various “cloud drives”–or “file transmission services” as my little brother likes to call them, so as not to sully the name of cloud storage–and thought I’d mention a few things about F-Secure’s Younited first.
The reasons it is first are because a) F-Secure is a highly respected antivirus firm and based beyond the reach of the NSA in Finland, b) they are promoting the heck out of the new service by making it practically invitation only and asking that people tweet and blog about it, and c) it is really starting to annoy me.
Supposedly you can access it via the Web or through apps you install on your computer or device. I have been able to upload a few individual files onto it, and access them on other devices. Except for the MacBook. The app seemed to install fine, but then it wouldn’t open anymore. On the theory that, like SkyDrive, it wouldn’t install on my copy of Snow Leopard (and at least SkyDrive had the decency to tell me that), I upgraded to Maverick (which has created its own problems). That hasn’t fixed it. Next step is probably to throw it in the trash and reinstall.
I decided to give it a bit of an acid test tonight, and upload a set of directories. First off, it seemed to load everything, willy-nilly, into a standard set of folders for “Pictures,” “Videos,” “Music,” etc, regardless of the directories they came from. At least, that what the app showed. The Web browser, if you accidentally hit the right button (and I’m darned if I can find out how to get it back) showed the directories–but they were all empty. A web browser on another machine shows nothing at all.
(A gauge of progress for uploads has been saying “Transferring 635/6475″ for the last several hours, regardless of what else has gone on.)
I thought maybe I might have to create and populate a directory at a time. That’s when I realized that I can’t make directories. If you get past the initial level of “Help” FAQs (which don’t have a lot of helpful detail) you can find the “community.” Do a search on “folders,” and a number of listings come up, included an article on how to organize your files. This says that, in order
“To create a folder
- Go to the younited folder.
- Select Create folder.
- Type a name for the older and select OK.”
Only problem is, when you click on the younited icon, the “create folder” option or icon never appears. Other entries are equally “helpful.” (What is the icon for sarcasm?)
I will, undoubtedly, learn more about the system and how to use it, but, at the moment, it is frustrating in the extreme.