Re: what if Chumby Industries were to go away?
1. could I also save those sound files to my USB?
Yes - see post #10.
2. what would happen if I could, and I used up all of the space on my USB?
Probably nothing would happen to the Chumby device except a error hidden to the end user claiming that the USB file system would be full.
3. could chumby industries use the chumby to spy on the lives of all of its users? like, can you read all of our incoming and (sometimes) outgoing mail, listen to our conversations and study our interests? (not that I think you'd ever do that, just wondering if you could.)
Everything is possible - in theory.
However, in practice, what you ask is not easy to achieve. First - the Chumby have too few input devices (screen + sound), secondly as long as the Chumby is not used a gateway your communication should be safe. The only "case" I see is where your computer and your Chumby share the same WiFi connection - but given the open nature of the device this would quickly be known in the Chumby community.
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