This idea has been on my list to write about for a while now.
Occasionally, deep in my evil broadband genius lair, I engage in a bit of late night FPS WWII shooter action.
That is to say, I like to fire up my desktop PC with its expensive graphics card and run around in a 3D world shooting at virtual enemies and generally blowing off steam. A decidedly non-Zonbu pursuit
Tonight I noticed that Medal of Honor: Airborne is almost out and that they have posted a small demo.
Small if you happen to have a fibre optic connection to your house. Otherwise, like me, you may find the 1300 MB file size a bit daunting.
But I’m downloading it anyway. To my Zonbu…
Consider it in aggregate
I’ll put it on a USB stick and transfer it to my PC later.
Why not, it is cheap to leave my Zonbu on all night as a “download aggregator”. A role the Zonbu is uniquely suited to.
This download happens to be from the web, but it could just as easily be FTP or BitTorrent or some other P2P network, as most are supported natively by the Zonbu.
I could even have gotten fancy and downloaded it direct to the USB key or an external hard drive, but I couldn’t be bothered to dig one out right now.
What comes down does not necessarily need to go up…
Aside from realizing the Zonbu performs a handy role as a download aggregator; the question all this poses is “How do you exempt a file and/or folder from being automagically uploaded to your online storage?”
Needless to say, I don’t want or need the 1300MB demo to be re-uploaded.
Is there a way to define a folder as upload exempt?
If not, wouldn’t it be a handy feature?
Maybe it’s easier to just plug in the USB storage device (be it a stick or HDD), and download directly to that? That seems like a better solution in any way
1) No space problems for bigger downloads, the Zonbu has only 4GB of storage in total
2) No extra time needed to copy the file over to the USB device
3) No automatic copy to the S3 servers
For anyone that’s interested, here is a long audio interview with Zonbu’s competitor Koolu CEO Andrew Greig. It’s episode# 208
Dave has a good suggestion. It would be a handy feature but it will come later…