Congrats on making everything "not an eyesore"
I've been fortunate with the WAF. My bigger concern is guest usage as well as wife/parents
I harp on remote usage a lot, but to me it's the most important part of anything that you want to take place of TV. HTPC is supposed to be the answer since you can avoid changing inputs on anything. Unfortunately that was only step 1
Ever since getting past step 1, I've been struggling to shove everything into WMC or XBMC. Having 2 is not good enough. The XBMC integration isn't good enough. The MB plugin is borderline, but if it would populate individually named menu items on the main WMC screen I could have stopped there. Live TV in XBMC is almost 95% of the way there.
Either way has been working well enough, as long as everything can be done with arrow keys, back, and enter then you should achieve high acceptance. If you hand someone THIS
, your HTPC is a complete fail to the non-tech world. My $.02