Re: advice on my first HTPC
Honestly, for an HTPC, let alone one connected to a 40"+ LCD, a wireless keyboard/mouse would be the best option. I know I don't like having to sit too close to my 46", while "troubleshooting" with wired keyboard and mouse. I feel more comfortable with my wireless combo, at about 6-7' away. You don't need a snazzy keyboard or mouse to get the job done, but you will most likely find he'll be happier with a wireless setup.
I have a slim Rosewill keyboard that I use when checking email, or surfing the web in the living room. Once I'm done with it, I put it in my magazine rack or on a bottom shelf of my table. It's far more convenient to have a wireless keyboard, than to hook-up/go get a wired keyboard, and be so close to the television.
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