If you are not already aware, Bitcasa is a service that promises Infinite storage for what will be $10/month.

The pricing and business model they have created is based on the idea that they can encrypt everything in such a way that if you have a copy of “ubuntu-12.10-desktop-amd64.iso”, and other users have a copy of “ubuntu-12.10-desktop-amd64.iso”, then Bitcasa only stores 1 ‘encrypted’ copy, thus saving hard drive space.

I use the term ‘encrypted’, because

when we talk about media, there is a potential issue;

if you were to download “Life of Pi (DVDscr)” (the most pirated movie this week, according to the spectacular people at TorrentFreak), and the MPAA downloads the same copy, they can approach Bitcasa and Bitcasa has the technology to see every person with this file in their infinite folder, even though the encryption means they cannot see ‘inside’ the file.

There are a few sneaky things we could potentially do to make up for this pitfall, but at least two of them mean we’d sacrifice Bitcasa the company in order to use Bitcasa the service.

As far as testing goes, I ran Bitcasa on my headless server ( thanks Matt Harrison ), and uploaded 200GB for testing. It took a couple of days on our 15/15Mbps connection,

and within the first 5 minutes of testing it actually works as well as the videos made it seem;

without giving it time to cache content, I was able to watch and scan through a 4GB 720p mkv with maybe 3 seconds between opening it and seeing the first frame of video.

Very interesting…

Doubly interesting if/when we get a version of Bitcasa that runs directly on the RasPi…