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Tonido is an extensible personal web application platform (I guess you could call it a "home server" or your own personal 'cloud'), that offers an set of rich and powerful browser based applications. The files are hosted on your computer and you (or somebody else if you allow it) can access them remotely, through these web apps. It works on Windows, Linux and Mac OSX and comes with the following free applications (you can install / uninstall them through the web store):

  • Tonido Backup - Backup files and folders to any computer running Tonido!
  • Tonido Photos - Allows you to send photos directly and privately via Tonido P2P network to your friends and family. Photos are automatically sent to your friends when you add new photos to your folder.
  • Tonido Jukebox - Gives you quick and easy access to your personal mp3 music collection from anywhere via a web browser. Enjoy your music from multiple PCs in your home or while you are at work or away from home.
  • Tonido Webshare - Allows you to share large files (documents, music, home videos and photos) that are too big to email, directly from your desktop to anyone with a web browser.
  • Tonido Workspace - Allows you to setup a collaborative workspace in a matter of seconds to sync tasks, notes, contacts, calendars and documents with anyone across the world via the Tonido P2P network. In standalone mode it is a Personal Information Manager.
  • Tonido Thots - Is a personal blog or journal to record your ideas, notes and other random information. It has Twitter integration.
  • Tonido Search - Allows you to search your Desktop files from anywhere.
  • Tonido Torrent - A web-based bittorrent client that allows you to manage your bit torrent file transfers from any device with a browser.
  • Tonido Screenshare - Allows you to share your computer's desktop screen with anyone via a web browser.

Some notes:

- People with whom you want to share files, etc., must also have a Tonido account. I would have found it a lot more useful if that was not the case.

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- Tonido Jukebox was pretty slow at indexing my music. Also, support for some other music formats would have been nice since I have a lot of .flac files.

- You can use Tonido with a dynamic IP easily, as you are assigned a Tonido URL (http://yourusername.tonido.com:10001) so you don't necessarily have to use your IP for connecting to Tonido.

Tonido also comes with 3 Firefox addons (you will find them on the same download page as Tonido - link at the end of the post):

  • TonidoFox allows you to monitor your Tonido server for new invites and messages (Tonido icon color will change). It also provides quick shortcuts for the Tonido plugins.
  • ClipThots Firefox plugin allows you to easily bookmark and copy clipped text from web pages when you are browsing.
  • You can use TonidoTorrents Firefox plugin to easily upload torrent files from web pages when you are browsing.

Tonido is a really nice concept which resembles somewhat with Opera Unite (the "Unite" feature I mean). Using it, you will basically have your own server from which you can access all kind of data, without having to know anything about servers and such, and keep everything in Sync. I guess you can call it a more complex Dropbox or SpiderOak to which you are in complete control of both the server (runs on your computer) and client.

If you own both a Desktop and a Netbook / Laptop, you will love Tonido!

Download Tonido (Linux - Ubuntu .deb and OpenSUSE installation instructions, Windows, Mac OS X).