Media Center (maybe)
So I have this old desktop that I don't use anymore. It's not terribly bad or anything Windows XP. It runs fine. However, I have had a new pc for a while now and this one just sits in the closet. I want to do something fun with it. Just not sure what.
I am thinking about making it into a useful media center for my TV. I used to just use my 360 but it started messing up. Figured I could use this to just fill the gap. I want to be able to run Hulu, Netflix, and maybe stream television. I wouldn't be against buying a tv tuner. Inspired by the new xbox one, I thought it would be cool to run some voice recognition through it. Just not sure how feasible that is.
I thought of a couple ways of going about this and wanted some input:
1) A xbmc/plex/etc box. My biggest problem is that if I understand correctly Hulu and Netflix do not run well on those anymore. Is that still correct?
2) Just toss win8/linux/chromium on it and play straight through the browser. Windows media center would be another option and it would allow for the remote. If I want voice recognition, im not sure which would be the better way to go, if either.
3) If it's worth it, I wouldn't be against investing in an old kinect. I don't know much about how well the kinect>>pc route works.
4) Do something else with this pc. Any ideas?
Basically, I am just really bored and looking for a project and to put something in my closet to good use.
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