amazing, thanks for the more complete breakdown, it's nice to see it all in one place.
Being a right impatient bastard (hell, once I've jumped the gun let's go whole hog! ah, mixed metaphors, like butterflied in mustard!) I picked up at EB Games a $10 old skool PS2 remote =with= the IR repeater. I found for $20 at the Source (formerly Ratshack) a PS1/2>USB controller adapter. Plugged in the IR repeater to the adapter, and (as per the original post I read eons ago at Remote central) it works.
As per above, it lacks the main PS button, of course, so shutdown is a manual process (not such a big deal in my setup as I've got my Monster 5100 doing a timed shutdown anyway). Power on also is hardly a big deal, as I'm not so far away that it's an issue. What's more disconcerting is that with the PS2 remote nav is flaky as hell. In the XMB one press of the left/right button jumps sometimes one, sometimes two or three columns. This no doubt is the result of the details I read regarding BT functionality, namely, that it's expecting (like MIDI!) an on followed by an off signal, rather than continuous send with normal IR. Going to procrastinate today from real work and get it running on the Nevo, will advise to those desperate for updates from lil' ol' me...
Additionaly, the mapping of the buttons isn't straightforward either, with play/pause not working as expected. The start button does the trick, as do the four "shape" buttons (is there a l337 expression for them?). In terms of mapping to a normal remote I'm a bit at a loss, would be happy (to not barf in this thread) if someone could point to a good place that would outline in one place the corresponding play/pause/stop buttons (ie., "start=play/pause", "X=enter", etc.)
Man, it's stupid that Sony's not on the ball with this... There's money to be made!