I've just bought a Western Digital MyBook World edition - a 1TB network hard drive. I got it because I really do need some more storage space, and ever since I got a more capable laptop I've been alternately working on my desktop and the laptop, depending on my mood, which has led to a lot of time consuming file transfers and me constantly forgetting which computer has the most up to date files, or where I've saved something. So having a network hard drive makes a lot of sense for me - I'm much more organised now.
However, before I bought it I did some reading up and apparently it's capable of a few more features than are advertised if you can flash it with some Linux commands. For instance, the USB port on it - which is supposed to be used to add more storage - can be used as a print server, which I would find very useful. Also, at the moment I've got videos stored on it which I'm playing across the network using XBMC on my Xbox, but it won't work with a PS3 or Xbox 360. Again, hacking with Linux can enable this.
I found this website:http://mybookworld.wikidot.com/start
And, while it doesn't sound like total gibberish to me, I have no idea where to start. It does say that if you have no experience with Linux then you probably shouldn't attempt to do anything because you could brick the drive. So that leaves me out.
So does anyone have any idea how I could do this? Know any intros or tutorials for Linux, or have done anything like this before?