But a quick rundown of its features suggests that it could be more than what it's designed for:
- Small: 20 x 20 x 4cm,
- Light: 2kg
- Lots of disk space: 500GB or 1TB (that's 1,000 GB)
- Built-in Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
- NAT support
- Works with both Mac and Windows
Which means that it could function as a huge -- and stylish -- BitTorrent client/server (servent). (Ok, maybe "huge" is subjective. I'm sure that there are people who have 1TB of disk space and still complain that it's insufficient!) Essentially, BitTorrent software could be installed on it, then controlled remotely though the host computer to manage its file transfers.
There are already similar devices in the market, but I don't know if they've caught on with the
Therefore, Time Capsule is a BitTorrent servent in reverse; it's already a backup device, now it just needs BitTorrent capability. And since BitTorrent is open source, some enterprising genius could put a program together and load it into Time Capsule. Hey, if folks can hack the iPhone, then Time Capsule can't be that big of a challenge!
And even if Time Capsule doesn't have an operating system, I doubt that it'll be long before a talented hacker or two installs Linux (or Mac OS X, for the purist hacker) and loads BitTorrent on it to fulfill the function.
Time Capsule take 2: Apple-branded BitTorrent servent.