- File server - use it as a dedicated file server in my dorm room. I want to be able to access it as a network drive (it would be amazing if I could do that remotely). If I can't use it as a network drive when I'm not in my dorm, I would want internet based access to my files.
- Web server - I do develop web pages and I plan on using it as a secondary source of income in college. I want the laptop to host the sites so that the only money I have to spend is on domain names.
- DVR - I have a USB TV tuner. I was hoping to install Windows XP Media Center so that I can use the computer as a dedicated DVR as well. Would I be able to access these files without much (if any) lag or download time from the LAN?
What I am asking for advice on is the different software I should use to make this functionality happen and remain secure. What level of security am I looking at with functionality like this? I am basically going in blind on this project so any advice you can give me on what I mention or things I may not have thought of would be greatly appreciated. I can't wait to learn more! Thanks in advance.