1) The HTPC project is still on-going, phew. For watching stored video media it works a treat, and the MP-TV Series plugin for MediaPortal (yeah, I didn't go the linux route, it was too hasslesome for me :)) is effin awesome.
2) The Swedish Model, ah, a breath of fresh air! Seven independent record labels that have joined forces and states that it's time to move forward. Let the old model die out and let new ones flourish. Check it out (in Swedish).