Cloudflare R2 Storage

Cloudflare just announced their Cloud Storage solution, R2, with a very interesting pricing model (emphasis mine):

Traditional object storage charges developers for three things: bandwidth, storage size and storage operations.

R2 builds on Cloudflare’s commitment to the Bandwidth Alliance, providing zero-cost egress for stored objects — no matter your request rate.

Cloudflare R2 will be priced at $0.015 per GB of data stored per month — significantly cheaper than major incumbent providers.

In a very brilliant move, they also made their API fully compatible with the S3 API. That way it’s compatible with existing tools and applications, so switching over from S3 should go without any issue.

Announcing Cloudflare R2 Storage: Rapid and Reliable Object Storage, minus the egress fees →

JSONbox – Free HTTP based JSON Storage lets you store, read & modify JSON data over HTTP APIs for free. Copy the URL below and start sending HTTP requests to play around with your data store.

Oh, this will come in handy for Workshops and quick Proof Of Concepts:

curl -X POST '' \
    -H 'content-type: application/json' \
    -d '{"name": "Jon Snow", "age": 25}'

// {"_id":"5d776a25fd6d3d6cb1d45c51","name":"Jon Snow","age":25,"_createdOn":"2019-09-10T09:17:25.607Z"}

Don’t know about the retention policy though 😉 →

Google Drive Application Data Folders


The ‘Application Data folder’ is a special folder that is only accessible by your application. Its content is hidden from the user, and from other apps. Despite being hidden from the user, the Application Data folder is stored on the user’s Drive and therefore uses the user’s Drive storage quota. The Application Data folder can be used to store configuration files, saved games data, or any other types of files that the user should not tamper with.

Google Drive Application Data Folders →

Google Drive’s Privacy Policy

Google Drive’s Privacy Policy compared to the other players out there.

In short, Google is giving itself all the permissions it could possibly need to run all of Google services, with the specific limitations that it doesn’t own anything you upload and it can’t use your data beyond running its services.


Dropbox’s language is definitely friendlier than Google’s, but it’s actually more expansive, since it’s more vague. Where Google specifically lists the rights and permissions it needs to run its services using precise legal terminology like “create derivative works,” Dropbox just says you’re giving it “the permissions we need” to run its services.

Lots of cruft has been circulating, because most people some to neglect/not mention this little part from Google’s policy:

You retain ownership of any intellectual property rights that you hold in that content. In short, what belongs to you stays yours.

Is Google Drive worse for privacy than iCloud, Skydrive, and Dropbox? →

Google Drive

As expected, the service will offer 5GB of storage space for documents, videos, photos, PDFs and other files, and Google Docs is built-in to the service. Users will be able to upgrade to 25GB of space for $2.49 a month, 100GB for $4.99 a month, or 1TB for $49.99 a month, and upgrading to a paid account will expand your Gmail storage to 25GB.

Google Drive officially launches with 5GB free storage, Google Docs integration →