USB usages?(Ben)

Joshua Judson Rosen rozzin at
Thu Jun 9 08:02:42 EDT 2011

Wolfgang Spraul <wolfgang at> writes:
> > Actually, the idea might as well be more generic than that: a USB
> > file-sharing device.
> It should be possible to switch the Ben into USB disk mode by just
> clicking on some icon. So the Ben becomes the USB disk. Would that
> help in some of your use cases?

In some, yes. But not in some others.

Of course, i've already bought multi Bens without any such feature,
so obviously it's more of a `would be nice to have' than something
that I really need :)

Rather than transferring files to a computer (which is easy enough
already, via a µSD card--and I can carry micro-to-fullsize or
µSD-to-USB adaptors, just in case), I was thinking of transfers
that go `straight to my friend's keychain', akin to something like
one of these devices:

... except built-into my music-player/etc. device :)

I guess another way of putting it would be:

    Like the `song squirting' feature that Microsoft put into the Zune,
    except not a worthless piece of garbage functionality.

... because it'd work to any USB device, not just the same model;
and it'd work with any file, not just vendor-approved, DRM'd formats;
and it generally wouldn't be crippled :)

> The ability to switch the Ben to USB disk mode is a very reachable
> goal, we can have it in the next OpenWrt image if we focus on this
> a little...

Yes--and, though not what I was thinking of, it also would be very
nice to have. :)

`usable as a USB mass-storage device' is pretty standard these days,
isn't it? I know that the Archos, Nokia, and Apple devices work that way,
at least.

"Don't be afraid to ask (λf.((λx.xx) (λr.f(rr))))."

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