What to do with spare download bandwidth?
June 1, 2008 10:57 PM Subscribe
Is there anything meaningful I can do with 10Mbps worth of spare download bandwidth?
My ISP recently has an offer on a 10Mbps connection, under a 2-year contract. I've been thinking about getting a separate connection, mainly because the price is good and because I want a good upload bandwidth for torrent-seeding (don't ask).
That plan comes with 1Mbps upload bandwidth which, as mentioned, will be largely used for torrent-seeding. That leaves the 10Mbps download bandwidth largely unemployed. I will still be downloading every so often, but hardly enough to put more than the occasional dent in it.
This is where I need to pick your brains. Are there any meaningful projects out there requiring spare bandwidth, and if so, how can I contribute? Is there are other way I can put it to good use?
I've also been thinking about social network-related experiments and data-logging webcrawlers that would gather historical, social and other data (of course, ideally without maiming other servers), but have yet to think of a meaningful way to turn that into useful insights or conclusions.
If anyone has ideas on what to do with that download bandwidth (that would preferably leave my upload bandwidth alone), please hit me with them =)