[EDIT: I just noticed that the Zonbu packaging box is almost the exact dimensions of the bag I mention this piece.]
A long time ago, back when 100MB and then 250MB of removable storage was a lot, I had various Zip drives.
The Zip drives are long gone, but one of the external ones did come with a very nice portable carrying bag. (That’s not it, but I know how much you all love the heading artwork.)
The bag is about the dimensions of a magazine and a bit thicker than the Zonbu. On the inside, it has an adjustable/moveable velcro divider so you can snug up against whatever device you put inside, and use the remaining space for power supplies, the stand and any little accessories you have like a USB memory key.
It turns out that the bag is perfect for the Zonbu, and something that I think should be offered in the online store…
Take Zonbu to work day
Last week I brought the Zonbu to the office for the purpose of showing it around to other members of the team, both technical and non-technical. I was curious what feedback it would elicit.
There was a lot of interest and a lot of questions, which lead to an imprompu demo using the monitor/keyboard/mouse of one of their regular desktop machines. Some things worked as expected and others gave me a surprise…
I did a demo this morning of the streaming on www.TopGear.com and it didn’t work, but has in the past. I’ll check it out later and report back.
I may even acquire a few more units so we can expand the testing.
I’m thinking of putting some in the lobby, to replace our public Internet terminals which are just XP desktops with some permissions locked down.
I want to put them out, with no instructions, and see how people fare.
At the moment, we have to format-and-reinstall the Windows machines every few months to keep them clean and operational.
Get back to work!
Today, I discovered that I was again thinking about bringing the Zonbu to work again, and I threw it in the bag and brought it along. I used my laptop on the desk and used my montior/key/mouse with the Zonbu. Oh how I love the silence. Not that I need both machines, of course, I’ve just grown kind of attached to it. Warts and all.
It’s so light and easy to move around, as well as unobtrusive on the desk, that it really is a new class of “portable” PC.
Which got me thinking, are there any interesting business model or unusual applications for a box like this?
Are people going to start toting Zonbu units around to volunteer or other events?
What about mobile applications where shock, vibration and harshness are issues?
Someone is going to get creative, I just know it.