For a description of my home network, visit the following posts Home Network and Home Network - 2.
Gist: 2 laptops, 2 desktops with a linksys WRT54GL (for wireless n/w and 4 port ethernet switch) and DLINK-502-T for ADSL connectivity.
The 160MHz machine desktop is likely to come back from the hardware vendor with some I/O chip replaced to rectify the problem with it (hopefully). Now, I'm wondering if it can serve as some kind of NAS - network attached storage.
Obviously, it's under-powered in terms of CPU and memory, but it may be worth giving it a shot. I honestly know that I'll get fed up of it in a few moments and throw the junk out given it's possible pathetic performance with just that hardware configuration.
At the moment, I don't have any other real "technical/scientific" use that I can put it to. The only thing that still bothers me is that such a desktop will need uninterrupted power supply for functioning without data loss during power outages. And, a UPS is certainly not on top my priority list at the moment.
Oh, BTW, this is nothing when compared to what some "uber geeks" have ;-)