|Subject:||The failings of TV-B-Gone, and an idea for a solution.|
So, I own a TV-B-Gone. I have found that it has a few failings:
- It's hard to use it inconspicuously.
- It takes a long time to cycle through all the "off" signals it tries.
- There's no way to just pick out the signal for a particular TV, even if you use it regularly on that target.
- The button accidentally gets pressed if I carry it in my pocket so it runs down the battery, and there's no LED "low-battery" indicator.
The obvious solution just occurred to me -- run it off a PDA's IR "beaming" port. OK, so I'd need to get a PDA to make that a useful solution, but it's both unobtrusive (who notices a geek tapping on a PDA?) and provides all kinds of UI options.
There's a program called OmniRemote from Pacific Neo-Tek, and a variety of other programs doing similar stuff. But that's overkill. I want something that just cycles through the off signals (maybe with a slight pause between them and a button you can tap to have it stop and tell you which signal just worked), and also offers a menu of the signals sorted by brand.
Apparently there are freeware signal DBs out there, which one might be able to integrate into a simpler program... Anybody out there know how to write Palm shareware?9 comments | post a comment