I've got a laptop, but I don't want to have to constantly connect it via S-Video. I want an always-on type solution.
I was thinking of getting a cheap computer and hooking it directly up to my TV and using a wireless keyboard and mouse. It would access downloads via an external harddrive hooked up to my wireless network and streams via Firefox. Ideally it would have a fast boot operating system.
I'm pretty familiar with computers, but I don't know a lot about hardware and I've never really mucked about with Macs or Linux.
What would be the minimum hardware specs and ideal OS specs for something like this? I'm aiming for as cheap as possible, but fast enough that it wouldn't lag when streaming.