No, I haven't felt the need to write scripts to setup as scheduled tasks.
As you're probably aware, but to clarify for the benefit of other readers, the IE 'Allow META REFRESH' option has nothing to do with movie/music metadata, but is all about automatic web page refreshing. I'm not sure why you have mentioned this, unless you have heard that 'Media Browser' uses this in some way?
I'd be very surprised if they use a browser-specific setting in this way, but then animals and coders do the strangest things sometimes - speaking as one of both.
I suspect you are correct that our UK cards also run hot whether in use or not, and I will definitely look at swapping these out. I don't have a need for a better video card - I already have some dedicated gaming rigs - but am tempted to invest in a DVB-S2 card for HD satellite reception. We have 'FreesatHD' over here which seems to offer a good range of content, and I should just be able to plug my old Sky cables into my XL and be good to go. It would let me evaluate whether I was happy to leave pay-TV behind, or let us watch a fourth or fifth channel while the cable tivo was recording 3 others
No, we don't have actually have a local 'Craig's List', although we see that mentioned in American movies and TV a lot. There are equivalents tho, most people just use eBay, Gumtree, or even Amazon.