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This is the personal blog of David Nelson, a IT professional working in Internetworking and Information Security in the North West of England. The site primarily serves as a repository for documenting projects I’ve worked on and to share knowledge I’ve gained.

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  1. Thanks for posting information about ipfs and FreeNAS. I ran across your site using a Google search. Just curious how much time it would take to assemble and run a NAS. Is it practical to use as a Windows file system? What does ipfs allow me to do versus just Linux?

    1. Hi David,
      Assembling a NAS is a nice weekend project, but there’s plenty to learn from doing so which can take as much time as you’re willing to put into it. FreeNAS is a UNIX system but it supports Windows fileshares and permissions so the experience should be similar to using a Windows server.

      IPFS is a system for sharing content on the Internet, normally a Linux server will host files but if that server goes offline and if those files are not mirrored by other servers then they are no longer accessible. In IPFS if you access content you automatically become a “seeder” and can serve that file to other users so if the origin IPFS node goes offline the file is still available, this makes that content far more resiliant against loss due to servers being taken down. This all theoretical anyway, it’s quite a new technology but I find the concept interesting. The I in IPFS is “interplanetary” because the creator envisions it being a way to make content available where the servers are not reliably reachable, such as from Mars.

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