One of the things we geeks do best is simplify things, although to others the process we take and the things we do to get there seems the exact opposite.
I own a Synology DS211j, it’s a lovely little 2 bay NAS with some beautifully simple software on it that makes most things as easy as a couple of clicks. It’s main use right now is just serving up media, but I also use it to back up a few things I’d deem important.
It’s got an interesting UI accessed over HTTP, it’s actually a little desktop environment with a window manager and everything, written in Java I think, for managing the system, pretty damn cool (take it for a test drive if ya like!)
Although the tools for system management and access Synology supply are great, I just couldn’t find a convenient means of accessing my data the way I wanted - so I set about to see if it was possible to get SSHFS working with this thing!