Very interesting, almost makes me want one, maybe one of these days I'll have me a little server for personal use.
I already use my current one for things like streaming videos to my other TV'*, I run TVersity, a pretty good program..
I also use my DirecTV'* Beta Media Share feature, which sucks, but works with videos I download if I re-render them.
I like Patrick Norton, have loved his PC tips since he was on the old The Screen Savers show, watched that when it was on ZDTV, before TechTV, and I think it was later on G4TV, I forget.
I loved watching the show, especially when Morgan Webb was on.