Time in a bottle; Zonbu online storage observations

August 7, 2007

AWS LogoOver the weekend I copied a bunch of photos, MP3s, documents and video clips to my Zonbu from a portable USB hard drive.

I did this principally to see how the Zonbu would handle my USB devices (USB HD – Yes, USB Key – Yes, USB CF reader – Not so much), as well as to put various kinds of content in to my S3 folder to test load speeds/response times etc.

I noticed last night, before I shut down, that only a small percentage, maybe 20% of the files that I had put on my Zonbu had replicated up to my S3 account (when looking via the web login to my space at http://www.zonbu.com)…

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USB CF Card reader not auto-mounting

August 6, 2007

I just took a few photos of the Zonbu sitting atop my “heavy artillery” desktop PC.

The size difference is quite striking, as you can see in the photo.

Oh wait, you can’t see the photo because I wasn’t able to copy it on to the Zonbu to upload it…

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Vista boot times for comparison

August 5, 2007

Vista LogoI recently looked at the Zonbu boot times compared with my Windows XP desktop.

One of the comments from a reader was that we should also consider Vista boot time. Gregoire from Zonbu is also fond of making comparisons to Vista.

I just timed the boot-up of my brand-new HP laptop, Vista Home Premium, with its dual core 2 GHz AMD Turion processor, 2GB of RAM and I’m not sure what speed hard drive. I believe its a 5400 RPM…

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Study: you probably have 880 MP3s and 100 PDF files on your PC

August 5, 2007

Comscore StudyI noticed this article on www.DownloadSquad.com this morning, and thought it had a lot of relevance to our discussions and the online storage aspect of the Zonbu. I’ll give you a snippet and let you jump over to their site:

“Internet research firm comScore says the average U.S. computer had an average of 3GB worth of MP3 files, and over 300MB worth of WMV (Windows Media Video) files. The study looked at computer hardware and software configurations in April. Here are a few other interesting findings:

http://www.downloadsquad.com/2007/08/03/study-you-probably-have-880mp3s-and-100pdf-files-on-your-pc/

-Mr. Zonbu


What do you want to know about the Zonbu?

August 4, 2007

Question MarkWelcome all new visitors.

I’ve noticed our traffic growing in leaps and bounds, so there must be lots of curiosity about this little Zonbu box.

I’ve got some spare time this weekend, and lots of questions of my own I’m going to explore but I thought I would throw the comments section open to anyone who has a specific question about the box or its contents, applications, performance etc.

If I can reasonably research and answer the question, I’ll post the results here.

What do you want to know about the Zonbu?

-Mr. Zonbu


Re-install finished – now 5.789

August 3, 2007

Interesting, my re-install just completed and my unit is now reporting version 5.789.

Why I needed to reinstall to get this I have no idea.

I’m starting to think I did not get a regular, off the shelf, unit.

I’ll go back through my notes and start at the top again and see how things progress. Expect lots of updates today and over the weekend.

I’m taking a long weekend so, in a diet Pepsi fueled burst of Zonbu blogging, you’ll get to hear all about my trials and tribulations.

-Mr. Zonbu

UPDATE – I spoke too soon…

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The “white desktop” strikes again…

August 3, 2007

I was just shutting down for the night, closing my applications and the “white desktop” struck agan.

I closed the IM client from its menu (selected the Quit option) and after it closed, my desktop blanked to white again. I can’t see my wallpaper or any desktop icons. Pour quoi?

-Mr. Zonbu


The Zonbu sips power…

August 2, 2007

Web GreenAnother quick observation, as I know many are waiting to have this confirmed.

The Zonbu is one of the most miserly computers I’ve ever seen, when it comes to power consumption. I’ve seen it as high as 13W while booting, and as low as 6W while operational.

Non-scientifically (that would be me glancing at my Kill-a-watt meter randomly over the last hour), it seems to run between 9W-12W for the kinds of things I’m doing.

Impressive, to say the least.

-Mr. Zonbu


Lots of details on the Zonbu on the way…

August 2, 2007

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Well, you’re all in for a treat.

I’m home alone, jacked up on Diet Pepsi and M&Ms; with the new Zonbu box, my digital SLR and pages of notes I’ve taken so far. The timing couldn’t be better to review this box.

I’ve got a long weekend this weekend so there will be lots of feedback flowing to these pages. The Zonbu will get a workout.

One quick note – the performance of the actual box is noticeably better than my simulator. I’m pleasantly surprised, I didn’t expect such a big difference. I’ll be passing the simulator on to a colleague tomorrow and he’ll be trying it out this weekend.

He may even guest write a post or two.

Despite what people have been hypothesizing in the early press reviews and comments, this is a real PC in every sense of the word. No, you’re not going to edit video or play 3D games on it, but it does have some serious firepower.

Expect a torrent of feedback over the next few days.

-Mr. Zonbu


My Zonbu has landed

August 2, 2007

Zonbu3QViewMy Zonbu has finally arrived [or is that “Il est arrivĂ©”? ;)].

I couldn’t’ resist that double entendre.

As I said in my previous post, it’s hard to beat the team at FedEx.

First impressions – wow. Its hard to convey how small and light the thing is until you turn it over in your hands. With its silver heat sink and black accents it looks very modern and attractive.

It has a very minimal shipping box that mirrors the colors of the unit (so the large sides and grey and the small sides are black) and the egg-crate inside is made of recyclable material. There is not much surplus packing material, which is nice and eco-friendly.

No one can accuse them of not drinking the green eco-koolaid.

First, a few comments for the Zonbu packagaing/shipping team…

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