Re: The hardware underneath
The major problem with trying to utilize unused bandwidth, CPU cycles, storage, ad nauseum are the cable, telecomms, and other ISP's themselves. Try running a server and see how far you get. As a matter of fact, I would really like a business internet connection via Comcast Business. They aren't even willing to try even though we have their all up service here. That's completely ignoring the asymmetric nature of normal services. That's the other reason I wanted a business connection here, it's symmetric. 1 TB on each of storage on several services doesn't do much good if you can't upload fast enough to do any good. Oh, and that's ignoring all sorts of free consumer accounts.
If Dovecoat goes anywhere, I'm willing to find ways with or around our ISP. Hell, just host it on somebody else's server (Amazon, ....).