I was given a 1 terabyte Blue Ring; I enabled telnet on it; like most people, I find the 400K copy speeds (not even half 100bt) to be rather disappointing.
I already have a dedicated AMD3800 computer I purposed purely as a NAS box with 5 drives (1.5 terabytes total), and it uses the full gigabit speed when copying; basically, copies go as fast as the hard drive can go. Smoking fast, across a gigabit network as fast as you had unhooked and attached the drive up directly to the computer you want to copy to. If you want NAS, I strongly recommend this as its the way to go. When you don't need any files on the box, just put it to sleep (I use Windows as the OS).
I have a second dedicated P233 as webserver running Centos, but I don't like to run it because its noisy and sucks power, so mostly it stays off, which defeats the purpose. What I need is a really low power webserver.
What I would like to do, is take the HD out of the My World Book, reformat it, hook it up to my dedicated NAS computer, and then buy a SSD solid state drive off of ebay, install it in the My World Book, and have a completely 100% solid state small personal webserver that is on all the time and super low wattage. My cable modem upstream is only 350K/s max burst, or about 220K/s sustained, so the My World Book at 400K/s transfer max would be well suited to this purpose. In fact, this purpose seems A LOT more suitable than using it as NAS device. My website sizes are measured in megabytes, not gigabytes… an 8gb SSD would do the job just fine. I could edit my websites across my home network and have the page changes to be "live" as soon as I saved the file.
Lighthttp supports SSI server side includes, which is really the only requirement I need. As long as I can telnet in, edit config files, and run a light httpd server on it, I'm good to go.
I skim the procedure for reformating and restoring an OS on a fresh drive, and it looks… involved. How much of a headache is this, to restore the original OS to a blank drive? I'm no stranger to doing this sort of thing, I've installed varioushacked firmware on PSPs, upgraded embedded OSs on Riocars, flashed PC bioses, but I'm getting to old for this kind of cr@#$%. I hate to do this to something that is brand new and at the moment working fine all things considering.
Would this be a good idea, and worth all the trouble involved just to make a home webserver out of it that runs at less than 15 watts?
I think the blue light might actually be cool then, it would do someone whenever someone hit your pages (mostly robots). Silent (no fan), cool looking, and I'd never have to worry about the drive failing, I could leave the device on forever.