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Gauging interest in backup trading website
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Gauging interest in backup trading website


I recently had an idea to make a website that connects users together to trade backups. This seems fairly easy to do with software like Duplicati that encrypts all backups before sending them to a remote host. In theory, with a strong enough password, I could send my backups to anyone willing on the internet and have a semi-stable host to grab files from in case everything local failed.

Would anyone have an interest in trading backups on a site like this?


  • mkshmksh Member

    One word: Mental. When all your local backups fail the last thing you should put your hopes on is some random person from the internet.

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  • There's this new cryptocurrency which is attempting to do decentralized file hosting. However, in order to qualify for it, you need a fleet of stable hosts to begin with. In this case, any one of those hosts can be a weak point in the chain and crumble your backup system.

    Can it be done? Yes. Will it be a long an arduous process? Probably.

  • lurchlurch Member
    edited March 2018

    I'm sure I read about that blockchain file hosting thing and it said there was redundancy so even if one/more of the hosts fails your files are still safe.

    I would never trade backups.

    Edit: think this was the one

  • raindog308raindog308 Administrator, Veteran

    Blockchain with people storing ISOs would quickly lead to zettabyte-sized chains, no? I’m confused.

  • deankdeank Member, Troll

    The end is nigh.

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  • mhbmhb Member

    I'm interested. Email me more about your idea (I dont always check in here).

    irving_fisher35 (AT) wegwerfmail (DOT) net

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