A decade and a half ago a housemate was part of a “0-day warez” ring that found modems far too low bandwidth and just mailed hard-drives to each other. At the time we were on a 28k modem, so although their solution had 24 hour latency (1st Class Royal Mail) sucked, their bandwidth was unsurpassed :-)
“Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes hurtling down the highway.” - Andrew S. Tanenbaum
I think it’s kind of funny that they include the antivirus updates when their service is probably responsible for the viruses.
This back-in-time solution may be interesting, if not a bit cumbersome, to avoid user tracking as well and allow you to watch stuff without anyone (remotely) watching over your shoulders.
I’m doing this now using youtube-dl if I find an interesting video that I may or may not watch later.
I knew some folks that ran a massive sneakernet. They favored XFS, because as memory serves it allowed them to keep all the metadata in sync while still shuffling around the data itself as needed.
I thought XFS was more sensitive to data corruption in cases like power loss or careless unplugging of hardware before you unmount/remembered to safely remove the device.
I think so too…they were just meticulous in how they handled their data. This is all second-hand knowledge, though, so I could be way off. :)
It was very sensitive to power outages (see this FAQ for example), but a lot of those issues have been fixed. That said, in my experience it is still a little more sensitive than most filesystems (I use it a fair amount and have had my odd share of funnies caused by unexpected power outages)..