I would like to use an old Pentium PC as a dedicated DVR. What I mean with "dedicated" is a CPU I can connect to my TV and use it as I would a VHS. Record, playback and fast rewind/forward search. However, is it posiible to use a keyboard to activate the functions without having to deal with Windows (or Linux) user's interface ? In other words, I would like to have my CPU as a black box (without video display) and control all functions with just a keyboard (and perhaps some hot keys).
Any thoughts ?