Another entry, because eventually we bought a second Tivo, for the living room. Mainly used by the kids, who now always have something to watch—the only complaints now are over who gets to record what and how much space either kid is using up. :)
Also upgraded both to Wireless-G connectors, the TiVo branded ones, which have fairly recently shown sped up inter-room and TTG transfers.
I must have been unemployed when I added this to my wants, because usually, I do not have much respect for certifications. They sometimes seem to be a semi-necessary evil due to a dysfunctional HR world, but have no other value.
I managed to complete this task based on being able to save some money over time (stored it in my savings not my checking so it would be out of the main cash flow, kinda psychological), and hitting on a deal at a local computer megastore (Fry’s). Many big-box computer stores have one cheap model at any given time that is decent. I managed to secure a refurbished Compaq laptop with fairly decent specs for $600. (I’d been holding out for a laptop, and glad I did.) Desktops of course are cheaper. Also, I recommend finding the most computer-geeky store available; in other words not Best Buy unless that’s all you have. Check circulars for deals, and try to get to them early (for example Fry’s tends to sell out of their advertised deals very quickly).