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    I know ive seen wireless (rf) computer starters floating around (try outpost), but if you didnt mind another fob, this would be a very simple way of doing it. I don't know about the range either, but its a simple fix.
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    I've seen that and it sounds exactly like what he wants.

    I once had a link..... it's gone now apparently. I'll keep looking.

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    Get 2 cell phones. Hook one up to your comp and call it with the other There are tons of remote start/shutdown modem controllers that network admins use when servers go down in the middle of the night...

    That was my idea 2 years ago...hasnt progressed in any way. But hey, you can get those crappy 1cent phones and buy phone cards for them at bestbuy.

    You would need something like http://www.servertech.com/products/desktop.htm to recieve a phone call and turn it on. Do a search for "remote power management" on google to get some other products. You may be able to dig something up that works with IR.

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    Also, this circuit will activate the player from a momentary pulse, but still allow you to turn it off via a regular switch:

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    Originally posted by Mxyzpltk
    It lacks much of the functionality of Windows, however, particularly from the standpoint of the developer. Using Windows, there are vast quantities of free components and code snippets, speech input and output APIs, and ActiveX interfaces to all sorts of stuff.
    This is getting mildly off-topic but I thought Id reply anyhow.

    Yeah, if you try and use Linux as a desktop machine it (for most people) lacks way too much software. Simple things like decent IMs, file sharing apps and graphics programs just arent mature enough yet.

    However, I cant understand what youre saying about developers! Probably 60% of Linux users are Linux programmers, its a programmers heaven! When I first installed Linux and started developing on it I almost orgasmed (my previous platform was Windows with MSVS and Delphi). I really cant understand how you have arrived at this conclusion.

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    Thanks for all the great ideas, 'specially Darmie and Aaron. Looks like I may be able to pull this off yet!

    (To loply: I don't think all that much of MSVS, but Delphi is my development environment of choice. Your assertions intrigue me... I know I need to start learning Linux, and if I do, that I would develop as well is pretty much a given. A coder's gotta code.)

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    Pleezzz...somebody dig up that link to that guy who made the RF remote startup modules for atx power supplies. I remeber seeing it here a year or two ago and its killing me not being able to find it...AAAaaHHHH

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    Found some stuff on it. Let me know if you ever get anything working.

    http://www.oatleyelectronics.com/remote.html
    http://www.dansdata.com/jremote.htm
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    You can buy one here, but it's kinda expensive, and I don't know if they ship to the US.

    http://www.auspcmarket.com.au/review.php3?t=1561

    PS - That's about 42 US dollars.
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    - 2.1GB laptop drive for OS
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    Victory

    You are the man....that is exactly what I was looking for. Now if I can convince them to ship it grrrr....

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