- I set up rclone sync to tardigrade thanks to the very helpful
Aleksey Leonov from tardigrade.
- After a bit of set up I had it running.
- It was decent enough but still had to go via terminal and I realised I’d have to run the sync via terminal every time I wanted it to happen. I made this easier for myself using mac automator but still wanted to see what was out there.
I had a look into Swarm and it was more builds and and use of command line etc and poor ui/ux on their website so I bailed on it without trying it as I though Tardigrade was already set up and felt more comfortable with Tardigrade in terms of documentation and support (Aleksey was lightning fast with the replies.)
Filecoin is still in testing so moving on.
My Theta coin value went up over night so I sold some of it for usdt so that I could swap it to sia coin to give that a try. I’m mentioning this not to brag about my theta coin going up, but just the psychology of what it took for me to justify putting more money into another alt-coin.
I set up a rent contract on their desktop app and it is currently setting up contracts right now… It’s already been several minutes… (Much prefer the speed of tardigrade)
- Also the initial sync of Siacoin (downloading their blockchain) took over a day.
- Rent contracts were set up and I had selected my first file to upload which was taking agessss to start up again so I started to read the FAQ.
In the FAQ ( https://siasetup.info/faq/renting ) I read some very concerning things:
1. Contract numbers fluctuating greatly:
"uploading a folder of several large video files (~15 GB each, ~400 GB total). Eventually our uploads stalled as described in the topic below, we quit Sia by allowing it to shut down properly, and then when we re-opened Sia we instantly had about 40 more contracts than what Sia reported we had before we shut down, and our allowance was completely eaten up by contract fees…
…The files we used were only test files, but this is obviously concerning nonetheless and is a great example that Sia is still a product in development and should not be used for critical data. We made the development team aware of our issue, but initial reports for Sia v1.3.2 indicate the issue still exists. We’ll update this topic when we believe the issue may be solved."
"Also keep in mind that Sia is still in development, and still has occasional bugs. At this time, you should never store critical data only on Sia."
"2. Can I download my files from Sia on another computer, i.e. if my renter computer crashes?
Yes, but only if you’ve backed up your Sia local data files that contain your renter contract and file metadata. A current limitation of Sia is that the internal data files are required to retrieve files from the Sia network. Without these files, you will lose access to your data on the network. If you’re renting storage on Sia, you should also back these files up separately and outside of Sia so that you can use them to access your data in the event your computer crashes or you encounter any other issues.
A further complication is that these files are only valid if you back them up after you last uploaded or downloaded any data from Sia. Any time you interact with the Sia network, you need to back up your metadata files again afterwards. For this reason, Sia is only recommended for cold storage at this time.
This limitation will likely be removed in the future with the introduction of file sharing, but for now it’s an important detail to be aware of because most users assume data stored on the Sia network is safe and can be retrieved from anywhere like any other type of cloud service by just downloading Sia again, when this is not necessarily the case."
Outcome: Siacoin looks extremely unstable and is still in development mode right now and I"m a bit dissapointed that they didn’t make this a lot clearer. I feel like Storj is more focused on their tech than their tokens whereas Siacoin is the other way around.
I have decided to sell my Siacoin and convert it to Storj because the proof is in the pudding. Storj / Tardigrade have a ways to go when it comes to mass adoption (desktop app needed) but I think you guys have the best intentions and the most stable tech so far and I will continue to use and promote.
Best of luck