While trying to browse my Public share over the local network with windows explorer (the standard file browser) I was presented with a dialog box asking for a user name and password. None of the configured username and password combinations worked.
I found a tutorial at the following link,
which instructed on how to perform a factory restore without losing data.
I was reluctant to try this because I was still afraid of being at risk of losing my data.
Looking around, I found a script called setSharePublic.sh which allowed me to reset the status of my 'Public' share to public.
I ran the script and it worked without a loss of data.
I can now browse to my public share over the network with Windows Explorer.
I followed the referenced tutorial all the way through step 4.
The new step 5 is as follows:
5) Now at the MyBookLive:~# prompt you are going to type
And I abondoned all further steps.
I was able to browse on in without waiting or rebooting.
It might be useful to note, though I am not sure if it is of any consequence, that my computer is on workgroup HOME and my WD MY BOOK LIVE is on the same workgroup.