Here is a list of organizations and software projects that can result infrastructure as powerful and valuable as that owned by any large search engine or social networking site.
Noteworthy applications include:
Filesystem in Userspace (or FUSE) is one of the most useful technologies out there. Simply, it makes a server via a protocol appear as local data. Below is a list of favorite FUSE implementations.
SSHFS – Probably the most powerful of them all.
EncFS – Useful for per file encryption.
Low Level Importance
Intel CPU Microcode – Don’t leave home without it.
For those who have worked tirelessly on these projects, THANK YOU!