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Old 10-29-2012, 05:59 PM   #16
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I use a play station remote i picked up from the supermarket for 10. It works out of the box with the newer version of bluez but i install an older version as per the xbmc wiki page (ignore the 1.2 section) which allows the remote to power down so it does not cost in batteries. (I have not looked into the battery life with the newer bluez but will do one day.)
 
Old 10-29-2012, 11:48 PM   #17
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If you are inclined toward activisim, just order DVDs from Netflix and every couple of months include a letter with a returned DVD that you would prefer to stream but they don't support Linux based systems.
I'm inclined towards convenience and activism. I signed the online petition and I like your letter idea too. I'll keep streaming via the vm too. It IS absolutely ridiculous that I should have to use a dying OS or mobile device to pay for a service. The funny thing is, with their discs I can pirate movies as fast as they'll ship them to me if I chose to. It makes no sense.
 
Old 10-30-2012, 10:14 AM   #18
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ANOTHER decent remote for ios devices is hipporemote pro. It uses a vnc server on the host, has profiles for common apps like xmbc, vlc, and chrome and does pretty well for a trackpad mouse, plus you can use the ios keyboard. It has a few quirks, but it allows full sytem control.
 
Old 10-30-2012, 11:15 AM   #19
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... I like the idea of a Harmony. Are there downloadable configurations for something like a slack+xbmc setup?
It all depends on what MCE remote you get the IR receiver for. You could get lucky, like I did, and get one that both XBMC from SlackBuilds.org and the Harmony software have configurations available for. If not, you'll need to use the learning feature of the Harmony remote to load the IR codes of the remote that came with the receiver. This is the one I bought, though it was quite a bit cheaper when I did, likely because it was still only labelled as "Windows Vista Certified". The one downside to using a Harmony remote is that if you get one that isn't compatible with concordance you'll need to have some kind of Windows installation available, either on a VM capable of accessing physical USB devices or a full physical box, because you can only program it using Logitech's software or website.

EDIT: If you do end up getting that one I can save you a bit of time by sending you my lircd.conf, since generating one is the most tedious part of setting up LIRC.

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That linked to a rosewell remote rather than a harmony?
 
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That linked to a rosewell remote rather than a harmony?
Yes, you will need to get that remote, or another MCE remote, for no other reason than to use it's IR receiver and codes with a Harmony remote. An unfortunate situation,. but since Harmony remotes don't have any IR codes of their own, relying entirely on manufacturer provided or learnt codes, you can't just build an IR receiver for it and teach LIRC to recognise it. Nor does Logitech provide a Harmony IR receiver for PCs like they do for PS3 systems.
 
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