Originally Posted by blupupher
My server stores all my music and ripped DVD's, all of which I bought.
Why would you think movies and music stored on a server have to be pirated?
I have my DVD's ripped for multiple reasons (originals are protected from being scratched/broken, able to watch on multiple TV's at once (not that we ever do), can watch from any room in the house without going to find it, ease of browsing complete library etc). It is also nice not having to try to find a DVD or have to put the boxes up if the kids leave them out.
For Music, I have over 500 CD's in a closet, and a few 100 songs I have bought and downloaded. That was a pain to copy them all, but so much easier now when I want to listen to them or put them on a portable player.
I don't think you really understand the benefit of a home server (or what it really does). It is not the same thing as what a business server is used for (for most home servers, some are more like a business server).
Having the ability to have a daily backup of multiple computers is a good thing, isn't it?
Having a central location for files is a good thing, right?
The ability to have 1 printer in the house and every other computer print to is is very convenient (as well as cost effective and space saving).
As for "showing off" nobody but me has ever seen my server (I think I may have posted a pic here before it was in it's case).
My father-in-law was actually visiting last night and he thought it was really neat that we had all our movies instantly available on any TV in the house.
Geez dude... don't take my comments so personally would ya? i was just poking fun man... but thanks for sharing what you do with your home server; it's cool.
p.s. - i still wouldn't recommend you tell any buddies that work for the RIAA or MPAA about your ripping of movies/music of stuff you bought... their lawyers don't care if you actually bought it or not.