rvangelder: I bought a Raspberry Pi with great expectations. Had thoughts about having fun configuring it and running Rasbian and unlocking all the great features. It actually got me pretty excited.
I even splashed out on a cool case!
It worked ok, but it wasn't straight-forward. I had heaps of problems getting an image onto my SDCard (Not the Pi's fault!).
Lots of fiddling and configuration. Once I did get it running, it ran well, but shutdown was a problem. I couldn't iron out the remaining problems, mainly because I had like a couple of hours per week and in the end I realised I'm not the at-home geek I once was. I just don't have the time *sigh*.
I've put my Raspberry on trademe. Maybe I'll break even.
I know what you are saying - not the killer machine but there is enough to make it very useful. Sharing a USB drive with SMB is one of them DLNA server is another.
Even if the GUI is not very fast (try different skins - some are faster than others) it still has some neat features and I've been a fan of XBMC since it first came out on XBOX1 - I just love the library function. This is intened as a replacement for the XBOX - which it may still do - I've not decided yet but I'm definately going to keep it.
As for the remote - I use my SGS2 or the iPad - the iPad remote interface is very good.