I too would love to be able to minimally control my other A/V equipment through OS X. My setup:
- Mac Mini Core Duo: 1.66 GHz CPU as my home theater box
- Samsung LN-S3251D LCD TV
- EyeTV 500
- Sony receiver
I have a Harmony 688 remote which could work just fine for turning everything on. But I've still
not gotten it setup after buying my Mini. Logitech still doesn't have the Apple Remote, nor the Elgato EyeTV remotes in their database.
That stuff aside, I got to thinking that the inputs on both my TV and stereo receiver never change anymore. My Mini is now my central hub for everything (DVDs, TV, downloaded movies, music, radio, photos, everything
Hence, it's making less sense to require a device like the Harmony when all these devices merely have to turn on. In fact, since I've yet to get the Harmony reprogrammed correctly, I'm doing just that: turning on my amp and TV, then using the Apple Remote the rest of the way.
I've bought a really great OS X software called Remote Buddy that is like a glorified launcher, akin to QuickSilver, but for the remote. It really expands Apple's remote functionality. I can launch downloaded movie files to any video program I have installed (QuickTime, VLC, MPlayer, etc.), fire up iTunes and browse its library, surf the web with minimal controls (forward, backward, tab control).
So... all that to say that my dream would be to stick with the simplicity of the Apple Remote (love it or hate it, it's very
Apple). It has an elegance in its slim function. But with programs like Remote Buddy, there's great power restored under the hood.
But how to turn on those other two devices? Surely there's some "black box" out there that could be used to IR blast to them both (perhaps a modified TV-B-Gone?). And Remote Buddy will output custom Applescript. Couldn't it be possible to control a USB device which simply sends out two power commands upon power up and out of sleep?