|Recycled PC: Old Computers with a New Purpose|
|Articles - Featured Guides|
|Written by Mat Thompson - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Saturday, 06 June 2009|
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Repurposed: Web Server
To go along with the suggestion of a file server is the web server. The internet is everywhere and many people want to make their own private web pages. While many services like Facebook, Myspace, Flickr and whatnot allow for someone to create their own personalized web page, connect to their friends and family and share a lot about themselves, there are still some restrictions on the websites that don't give you full flexibility. Considering the proliferation of template web design programs, it's becoming very easy for anyone to make a website. It can just be expensive to host your website.
Fortunately, web serving tools and programs, like Apache, are easy to procure and use. With a spare computer transformed as a web server, you can host your own website with your own content, personalized your own way. You can add content that may not be allowed or easily uploaded elsewhere (such as very large images) or long movie clips. If you purchase a domain name or use a free subdomain, you can also point it toward your IP address to serve your data.
There are, of course, a few things to be aware of. First and foremost, if you're serving data from your home connection, you'll have to make sure you have an internet connection with the bandwidth to support the data transfer. Cable internet and higher tiered DSL connections typically offer enough bandwidth. Apache and other web servers require configuration of one sort or another to have initial functionality (but typically come ready to go, for the most part). Other things to think about are port forwarding on your router and how frequently your IP address changes.