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Automated Light project: http://youtu.be/xc1daIb1LVc
Garage Door opener: http://youtu.be/p2abZ90-eU0
Raspbian - The base operating system. Stable. Love it.
Samba - Share your files (compatible with Windows + MacOSX)
Install it: sudo apt-get install samba samba-common-bin
Configure your files and folders here: sudo nano /etc/samba/smb.conf
NFS - The faster way to share files (Linux)
This is pretty advanced, so I'll let you figure it out.
OwnCloud - A free alternative to Dropbox (use your HDDs as the cloud)
Dropbox - Backup your data from the cloud
rsync - the awesome way to backup and automate backups
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