Using a Raspberry Pi as file server

I just set up a pseudo NAS with a Raspberry Pi 4 B and a random external hard drive we had lying around. I was really impressed with the Pi’s capabilities. Even when being used as a desktop it’s super snappy. The thing has 4 USB ports and 2 HDMI outs as well as Wifi 5 (AC) and a gigabit LAN (that maxes out around 300MBs).

I know how fast technology changes. Yet it’s so interesting to think back to 25 years ago when I had a Pentium 120Mhz with 16MB ram and a 1GB hard drive (That was huge!). I think I recall the tower costing something like 2500$ (over 4000 in current day dollars) in a big tower. And now this little thing has 250 times more RAM, 4 cores running at 1.5Ghz and with all the add-ons I bought with it was less than 100$.

At times it seems like things move slowly (Where’s my flying car?). And at other times I realize how crazy the next 25 years will be. (You know, if we don’t burn up the planet and all)