Media Utopia for the Home

This is completely off topic.  It has nothing to do with business, and less to do with technology than my frustrations with getting my own junk to work.

I have this pie in the sky ideas about what my home entertainment system should look like.  Allow me to break it down for you.

The “Must Have” List:

  1. It must store the media (music and movies mainly, photos are really an after thought for me) on a centralized, always on system. (Currently a Windows Home Server in my garage)
  2. I must be able to use the content from:  My Windows 7 Ultimate PC, my Vista Slate, My Wife’s Vista PC, My Daughter’s Windows 7 Home Premium PC or the Xbox 360 in the living room.
  3. The movie content will be displayed GRAPHICALLY, like with cover art, so that my illiterate children (5 year old and soon the 1 year old) will be able to select movies without shouting across the house “WHAT DOES THIS SAY MAMA?”

The “Would Be Nice” List:

  1. The ripping process should be relatively painless.
  2. Movie descriptions, ratings and cast info.
  3. If the disk space could be minimized, that would be great.

So these are the things that I am after.  I have implemented some pieces of this system without having defined the whole, which has left me with a fragmented and disappointing solution.  I assure you that I know better, and to prove it, I’m going to chronicle my journey to accomplish the above.  Fasten your seat belts.

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