"Is your netbook nearing the end of its usefulness as a
portable? Are you desperate for some network storage? Kill two
birds with one stone.
"The network-attached storage (NAS) business is booming.
Everyone needs a convenient storage pod for the gigabytes of data
they accumulate, and they want to be able to access it from
anywhere on the local network and the wider internet. As a result,
the hardware is getting increasingly powerful. High-end NAS boxes
for small businesses and large homes are moving from Arm processors
to Intel’s Atom platform, and turning simple file servers
into far more capable mini-machines in the process. One of these
expanded NAS boxes could operate as a web server, a media
transcoder, a UPnP streaming hub for your PS3 and Xbox, and even a
virtual desktop. The only problem is that these boxes are expensive
– and that’s before buying the hard drives."
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