I am ordering Apple's new Intel based Mac Mini to integrate with Plextor's ConvertX DVR. I will be able to record television shows directly to my computer for viewing later on trips or for burn onto DVDs.
But, the Mac Mini's internal hard drive is too small so I going to purchase LaCie's 250 GB Mini External Hard Drive with FireWire Interface which should give me days of recording time. I have learned from experience that bigger is better. I have gone out of town to learn that my current DVR has filled up and is now deleting older recordings. Bummer!