Maybe take that Slingbox off your holiday wish list, if you have a Media Center PC today or plan to purchase a Windows Home Server; Microsoft has hired the creator of WebGuide, a program that offers place-shifting and other capabilities.
The Windows Media Center and Windows Home Server teams are excited to have Doug Berrett join Microsoft. At CEDIA Expo we announced WebGuide for Windows Media Center is now available free from http://www.asciiexpress.com The press release about all of the great Windows Media Center news is available on the Microsoft web site.
p.s. if you have a PC running Windows Vista Premium or Ultimate, you already have a Media Center-capable PC (there is no longer a distinct Media Center edition of Windows).