I've got live system monitoring graphs I think I mentioned before. Well, I got them to post publically online through a proper DNS which was cool. Then it immediately dawned on me to add user authentication. Though there's no real content to worry about, it was better safe-than-sorry.
But, since I've got all that setup now, I realized with a hour or two of research and some simple config changes, I can actually host data files...
So my tiny humble chromebook running Linux with a Celeron processor, hosts an apache instance connected to a domain of mine. You go through the domain, to my router, to my chromebook. Which then connects forwards through some symbolic links to a samba server mounts which are connected to my WINDOWS DESKTOP machine hard drives.
At which point, I had my DESKTOP connecting to my public web server, through the entire chain, to access audio/videos on... my desktop.
But the silly part aside, I'm REALLY impressed with the modern internet. I could literally stream 4 GB 1080p home movies in Chrome. 1080p movies that are being funneled from a hard drive, to a network WIFI (Wireless-N not even AC!) connection, to a chromebook, back to the wifi router, to "the internet" (however many hops that includes) and then back to whatever machine is viewing it. Not only did it work on my machine, but also my brother (on a different ISP), as well as my CELL PHONE on a cheaper telephone provider (T-mobile) and STILL, I could watch movies without the video stalling.
AND, you could even skip around on the video and instantly have it continue playing. No sitting there buffering.
The future is amazing. I've got like 1-or-2 3rds of what my brother's Plex server can do (that he pays monthly for?!) for free. It doesn't work with MKV's in chrome. But MP4s (videos), and MP3's work great.
I can literally watch my home movies on my cellphone from anywhere now. I need to consolidate my many external hard drives to be a more logical media server layout but this is pretty neat! My wife could probably "stream" movies with her iPhone straight to the TV now without having to figure out or worry if they are available on Netflix/Hulu/etc.
Also, while Chrome has trouble reading certain media files, once you get the URL (I've exposed the standard HTTP directory listing mode), you can dump the URL into VLC and hit "load network source" and it'll play anything that it can play.