How do I make a parent-proof HTPC?
April 16, 2012 6:54 PM Subscribe
Setting up a parent-proof HTPC (and stuff on usenet, sickbeard, VPNs, and more!)
posted by apip to computers & internet (16 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I’m thinking about leaving my dad my ~3.5 year old desktop to set up as a living room HTPC. It can definitely handle any form of media thrown at it and it’s in a heavy ass case – I don’t want to lug that around with me because I’m moving across the country.
Anyway, I’d like to set up an HTPC with XBMC running on Windows 7 for him (or whatever is most recommended). I’ve used XBMC, but I’ve never set it up/tinkered with it, so I don’t know how “dad-proof” I can make it. I mean, he can get his computer on and check his bills and stuff, but I doubt he could figure out the intricacies of usenet and stuff.
So, what’s the best setup (using XBMC or something different) to make a parent-proof media center setup? I’d imagine this would be running atop Windows 7, so I could always remote desktop in and change things around, but an intuitive and easy-to-use interface is best.
Bonus question: I also need a VPN service. I’ve used strongvpn before and I really like them, but it would be awesome if there are VPN/Usenet packages out there. Any recommendations are appreciated. Thanks!