Zonbu – a clever device

Zonbu: an intersection of open source, Web 2.0 and energy efficiency is a brief review of a clever convergence device.

reloaded with an office suite, email, IM, web browser, multimedia player, games and Skype, Zonbu is aimed at being a general computing appliance. You can’t install anything else on it, but then again, that way you can’t break it easily either. It sounds the sort of thing I’d be happy leaving with non-technical family and friends.

The Zonbu has 4GB of compact flash storage on board, which it uses as a cache for Amazon’s S3 storage network. All your files get encrypted and sent to S3, and are retrieved when you need them. One really neat consequence of this is that you can get at your data via the web any time you want.

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