Great writeup spyhunter.
One question though, can you give a little more detail on that making the lilliput permanent on thing? Can you pretty back remove that thin PCB and just wire pins 5 and 8 together? I dont plan to use the IR and the other buttons.
How do you wire the ribbon as you described? Or did you connect the ribbon to the connector, but you removed the connector from that tin PCB and wired the pins on the connector?