A new remote control

I’ve added the Snapstream Firefly remote control to my media PC. Good product! It’s an RF remote, not IR, so it can’t control any of my other devices but that’s OK for now … I’m still trying to figure out how to make everything work together anyway. Besides drivers, the remote comes with Beyond Media Basic, a slimmed down version of their Beyond Media application (differences are here) and some other software to allow it to control quite a few applications like WinAmp, Cyberlink’s PowerDVD and Microsoft’s Media Center Edition but nothing for my personal favorite, J. River’s Media Center so I built one over the weekend. It’s not too difficult, just a matter of determining what codes to send to the app (either key strokes or Windows messages). It’s not perfect but it works. Once I shake it out a little more, I’ll post it.

One other product I’ve been looking at is Promixis’ Girder. It’s a tool that allows you to take actions from a remote control device and recode it to control applications. It seem to be quite popular, given how many people reference it over at AVS Forum so I intend to download the evaluation version and give it a try.

More later.

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