Thanks for the replys! I was only planning to use the webpad as an orbiter, not a phone, or anything like that. At least not that. I know I'll have to build this in stages...
Stage 1 is to build the LinuxMCE 'server', with my Starchoice STB attached, along with a computer attached to my TV and get a remote (probably the one from Fiire). I already use MythTV, so I have a computer attached to my TV, with a capture card and IR blaster.
Adding all the fun extras, phones, webpads, security cameras and lighting should be fun. I've had some dealings with X-10 already, just not in a computer setting. I'm trying to figure out costs, because I have to convince the wife. Hahahah. She already can't live without Myth. http://linitx.com/viewproduct.php?prodid=11519
These are the Panel PC's I found. I'm not in the UK, but I may find these somewhere in Canada or the US. Install in into a wall and you have a complete PC with a touch screen. I'd love to have one on each level of the house, let you control the whole home, answer the door intercom, with one of these in the bedroom wall.
Also nice if you have a theater room as you could monitor security cameras for the other floors.
Yes, I dream of walking into my house, tapping in my security PIN and having the lights and other appliances turn on when I get home. LOL!