My C.H.I.P based Outernet L-Band Satellite receiver just sat there and worked 24 hrs a day bringing in 20 Mb of data every 24 hrs and sending it out by WiFi.
The $9.00 C.H.I.P did that job remarkably well. There was in my opinion no need to improve or change the Outernet Hardware. Basically it did the Job.
Outernet is about the content it send down and the strength of the signal. There is no need to improve the hardware from what we had.
But boy do we need to improve the content.
We need to add a zillion features to the information sent down. Value added services, blogs, send this website down millions of content things, etc.
But it appears to me we have had a bit of HARDWARE mentality and forgotten about content.
When you sell the Outernet receiver for $49.00 people will want to see more than the weather, text files and a cut down Wikipedia.
PS I love the APRS feature.
I think the re-sending of Tweets was a great idea on the old high speed Outernet.