Due to me having un-metered internet access provided by my ISP between 6am and 8am in the morning, I am wanting to change the times that the core downloads the updates for the MD's and itself to this un-metered time.
Is there a solution already built into the core to achieve this, or will I have to edit the relevant times that the daily cron jobs run? (I have had a look on the wiki and forum but could only find information on the update process itself, not how to change it's activation time.)
If I do this manually, will the core put the config back on a reboot, or will it stay as I would like it?
On the same note, it would also be nice to change the time that it downloads the flicker images to the same window time as well. I'm not sure if this is a cron job, or something downloads when the process is active in showing images.
What other things does the core do on a timed basis that I can schedule during this time to reduce the internet use on my account?
I don't believe that any 'automatic update' process is currently in place, even though there are methods in place they are not currently used. All system upgrades must currently be initiated manually by a user at a command prompt. Most configuration files are overwritten on a reboot or package upgrade, do not expect changes to config files to be permanent.
As for the flickr downloads, look into the flickr script to see how it operates, it may be alterable.
As far as I am aware there is nothing else the core would do 'automatically' with your internet connection.