Great thread. I spend a lot of time tweaking my home config. I have one tip and one question:
Tip: If you don't use off-site storage (as is likely the case for many of us), at least keep a hard drive hidden away at home. If someone breaks into your home and scoops up your PC and your portable drives, you may have significant loss of data. Even better is to hide a hard drive that is on-line via ethernet (e.g., NAS). That way you can back up to this physically hidden drive. And when I say hidden, I mean high on a shelf entirely out of sight in a workshop or something like that.
Question: Any advice on what kind of NAS device to buy that will mount on a Linux box as well as Windows? The Terastations seem primarly oriented to Windows but I do see CIFS and SMB in the spec. Will these talk to an Ubuntu box via Samba as well as a Windows box with XP? (I found Ximeta's NDAS unreliable and am looking for something better).