Sure, probably lots. AIVMS
has a client for that purpose, allows you to do just about anything from a remote laptop without ever seeing the actual screen on the server. Here is a screen from the AIVMS remote client in action (controlling the on-demand network media streaming server).
Here is the client screen for controlling home automation remotely:
The buttons you see can be customized to send IR signals or just about anything else. It includes a TitanTV
one click interface that can change channels on your display remotely or schedule a recording for a remote component like a DVR cable or sat box, VCR, etc.