XBMC but on a PC might be annoying? Also take a look at PS3 Media Server - I used to use it before moving to a NAS, works really well
narfdude writes "I haven't written a line of code since 1995, took an introduction to C in university and now have an idea for a web app I'd like to build myself as a hobby. Where should I start? What language(s) should I start learning? I was thinking HTML5/CSS could be a good starting point."
narfdude writes "I'm a dad of 2 kids (7 & 4) and my son scared me when I realized he Googled at school — the time has come. I'm looking for ideas to protect my kids when they're on-line, and reaching out to Slashdotters for their collective wisdom. I'm looking for the most effective strategy and tools/products to accomplish this goal, and thinking of a desktop/gatweay dual approach. I'm sure there are decent open-source server-based tools out there that could block out unwanted apps and URLs/content, as well as commercial/open-source tools for the desktop. Does anybody have a strategy to share?"