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Home NAS – Turn your old PC into Network Storage Attached Server

Home NAS – Turn your old PC into Network Storage Attached Server

PC lovers tend to collect a lot of hardware as the years roll by. Instead of leaving it to collect dust, why not repurpose it as a file-slinging server? Several free and open-source operating systems run extremely well on a wide array of older hardware. One in particular, FreeNAS, is extremely stable, easy to set up, and laser-focused on storing and sharing files across your home network. All you need is a working system with a reliable hard drive (or three) and a little time to configure everything.

What is FreeNAS?

FreeNAS is based on FreeBSD, itself born of BSD, a version of Unix developed at the University of California, Berkeley. FreeBSD is a full-fledged server operating system, but FreeNAS has been optimized strictly for file serving and storage. It supports SMB/CIFS (Windows file shares), NFS (Unix file shares) and AFP (Apple File Shares), plus FTP and iSCSI. FreeNAS also works with an array of plug-ins for things like automated network backups, BitTorrent downloading, a Plex Media Server, MiniDLNA and much more. The FreeNAS website has an extensive FAQ and community section  that's definitely worth checking out. Read more at PCWORLD - 
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LockedUSB Adapter USB Charger firewall now Shipping!!!

LockedUSB is an small USB adapter that allows secure charging of your personal devices. It enables portable devices to fast-charge, at their maximum rated current, anywhere there is a USB port. It physically disconnects the data lines, while keeping intruders away from your personal information.

What does it do?

  • Enables USB charging while disconnecting the USB data lines
  • Allows portable devices to fast-charge at their maximum rated current, reducing your charge time.
  • Exercise the Data lines to negotiate the maximum charging capability
  • ESD protected
  • Surge protection up to 2.3 Amps
  • Small package
  • USB type A Male to USB Type A Female Adapter
 Hearing your phone chirp desperately, in order to alert you that it’s running out of battery power is heartbreaking, especially when you’re stuck in an airport, hotel, or shopping center. Public charging stations are becoming more and more popular everywhere you go.

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Unfortunately, Identity Theft, Government surveillance, “rogue”, unstable and malicious chargers, are also on the rise.  I’ve searched the internet to find a firewall device, or specialized cable, that would provide the security I was looking for, and to my surprise there was nothing out there that offered secure charging capabilities.

I wanted to make a simple adapter, which I could use my own device’s cable, and have peace of mind that my personal data and information was secure.  I have designed a compact USB adapter that completely disconnects the data lines, while simultaneously providing the maximum allowed charging power so I can charge-up quickly and safely.

LockedUSB Charger Firewall and Power Optimizer was born, a single adapter that allows charging, while keeping the USB data lines physically disconnected from the host device. It also switches between multiple configurations, in order to guarantee maximum charging power which reduces charging time.

LockedUSB is very easy to use, just Plug it into the USB charging port, use your device’s charging cable and Done, you are Secure.

You can order LockedUSB Adapter at www.lockedusb.com/shop/