ivb - that's a nice setup you've got there. For wall mounting the tablet I'd suggest getting some plastic cut in a square that the screen can fit inside. Have tapered lips that come off of the plastic on all sides, so the box looks kind of like this (edges of the box wouldn't actually extend past the lips):
Cut a hole for that in the wall and sink the box in it so it is flush with the wall. The lips will cover up the cuts and the screen will be removable if need be.
I am particularly interested in what it took to get the home automation stuff going, like what controls the sprinklers/blinds/thermostat? Is all the logic taken care of through cqc and therefore you can control it through the interface from all computers?
Is there a way to have the media server on a different computer than cqc? I'd ideally have a freeBSD box to act as a huge file server, among other things, and then have the computer with cqc access media files from it. I suppose I'd have to have another box to handle tv recording/general htpc duties, though I suppose it could be the same computer as the cqc server. I would just rather avoid any complications possible on something that has to be 100% stable and must also on windows.