In an attempt to conserve as much electricity as I can, I used some python scripting to automatically turn my FreeNAS server on and off as required. Requires programming knowledge.
Learn how to hide Mac OS specific files from being displayed to a Windows client when using simultaneous AFP and Samba/CIFS shares.
Juggling around files can be a nightmare when you have multiple computers, especially when you use multiple operating systems. Trying to back up files can easily turn into a mess once you have multiple copies of files here and there, and you may constantly worry about hard drive failure.
By building a NAS yourself, you can solve these issues and save a lot of money compared to buying a commercial NAS product!