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actually companies are/were rolling out overage charges to consumers. I dumped shaw because $2.00/GB is a massive ripoff.
Yes, but they were always allowed to impose these fees, this was not what the law changed.

There was technically always a gigabyte limit with shaw, they are just now in June-july going to start enforcing it.

I'm sure telus is also soon to start up as well
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Yes, but they were always allowed to impose these fees, this was not what the law changed.

There was technically always a gigabyte limit with shaw, they are just now in June-july going to start enforcing it.

I'm sure telus is also soon to start up as well
true, but as soon as the ruling went through they took it as an excuse to drop caps and start charging.

Telus has so far stuck to the idea that they won't charge. Of course that could change as soon as people stop switching to telus to avoid charges.
    
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Am I really the only one wondering HOW we would get bandwidth? I mean okay, this is a server, but without some type of physical connection what exactly are we doing here? I mean great, you have a 99 dollar server you can store stuff on... but I STILL HAVE TO USE MY ISP TO CONNECT TO THIS THING, which means I am bandwidth dependent on my home connection.

This little device is a gimmick, it won't go ANYWHERE because you still need todays infrastructure to use it... if it DID go anywhere we would be stealing our ISPs fiber/cable/phone line access without remitting payment. All I see here is job loss and a silly head in the clouds ideal that really isnt the way of the future.

Or am I missing the entire picture here?
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true, but as soon as the ruling went through they took it as an excuse to drop caps and start charging.

Telus has so far stuck to the idea that they won't charge. Of course that could change as soon as people stop switching to telus to avoid charges.
How clever/devious is that? lol that would suck hard...
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Am I really the only one wondering HOW we would get bandwidth? I mean okay, this is a server, but without some type of physical connection what exactly are we doing here? I mean great, you have a 99 dollar server you can store stuff on... but I STILL HAVE TO USE MY ISP TO CONNECT TO THIS THING, which means I am bandwidth dependent on my home connection.

This little device is a gimmick, it won't go ANYWHERE because you still need todays infrastructure to use it... if it DID go anywhere we would be stealing our ISPs fiber/cable/phone line access without remitting payment. All I see here is job loss and a silly head in the clouds ideal that really isnt the way of the future.

Or am I missing the entire picture here?
Unfortunately I had to digest what you are saying on my own...

It does smell like a gimmick...

Worse yet, though you could use this "server" on your own network via RJ-45 + Router, it's a rather mute point to even consider that really, for you could just set up your desktop to share on your network = a lot cheaper $0 solution!

However, despite that you may indeed need to use an ISP's line, and most of us have those, you can connect to it with any device (almost)....

The benefit of the device is to be able to stream your files live, upload & download to the server easily (though rather slowly), among other benefits, though you should read more about the product before you draw a final conclusion... As far as this going anywhere, hmmm, cannot say for sure..

The only possible solution for a non-ISP connected line would be wifi, and that would be limited to a small area, otherwise YES you must have the Internet connection, unfortunately, for now...

The real problem lays in the setup & use of this device which is NOT something a normal computer user would be able to do, except maybe use it, but setup is required, so for those tech savvy people, this may be a good device for small use...

However, I'll argue that, you could take a basic old Pentium Dual Core system, which you could build for cheap and it would smoke this device 9 ways to Sunday! (Note this device does NOT come with a Proprietary OS, an Optical Disc Drive, or a Hard Drive) So when you discount the cost of the HDD, ODD, & the OS, you only need your MB/CPU/RAM/PSU & Case!

CPU = $40
MB = $45
RAM = $20
PSU = $25 (Cheapy)

Total $125... But it outperforms this little wall plug by far..

One of the major benefits of this device is how much Power Consumption it has, which is nominal to say the least...

But then AMD has got this figured out with their new, soon to be released, CPU/GPU processors, which are ideal for these type of servers!

All in all, I think I'll pass on the plug too, meh!
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