Looking for a remote control for a PC. All I find so far are Media Center remotes, and I'm unsure if you can use them for regular operations. For example, I can use the hotkeys on my keyboard to play/pause iTunes or the current video player. I'd like a remote control to do the same.
Well, the ones that work with Media Center also work with XBMC, PowerDVD as well as Zune. I haven't tried it with anything outside of that though but if I think about it I'll give it a whirl tonight. It doesn't work with Netflix streaming in a browser but that's not really a media player.
I don't have iTunes installed anywhere and refuse to do so. Can't help you there.
When I am not using my cideko keyboard and mouse, I use a logitech harmony remote with the flirc receiver to operate functions for my XBMC and media center. I also use the software EventGhost to translate what keys are pressed/received from the remote and then perform a given function.
If you install eventghost you can pretty much control anything but this will require some effort to setup your given task.
You might also consider a Logitech k400. They're cheap, small, and do everything a remote can't. Between that and a logiteh harmony I can do anything I need to on my htpc without too much hassle.
I second this
I have Amazon Prime and picked up the k400 on sale one day as an impulse buy for $20 and I actually really like it. I have had it since Dec 2013 and still haven't needed to change the batteries. One thing I really like is the size of it. It's smaller than a full size keyboard, but it's big enough to type on. I considered a diNovo Mini, but they cost way more and are tiny.