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Media files, data synchronization, and remote backups, oh my! Home computing has advanced to a point where it's practical to run your own home server, and we're running down the five best tools for the job. Photo by Rudolf Schuba .
At its most basic, Network attached storage, or NAS, is a great way to share files on your local network. But it's also a perfect solution for backing up your computers, streaming media across your home network, or even torrenting files to a central server. If you have an aging computer lying around, you can turn it into a NAS for for free with the open-source FreeNAS operating system.
Firefox: AdBlock Video is a simple Firefox extension that'll play your videos commercial-free. Sadly, regular old Adblock Plus can't usually block video ads on sites like Hulu. Luckily, AdBlock Video does it in a pinch.
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