Got acquainted with Raemote today. A desktop widget that allows remote control of FrontRow. Its works great on my MacBook Pro! but I noticed that the application doesn’t optimize its use of lircd. This hits the battery hard. I let the developer know at t.m.o. Hopefully, a solution will come around soon. Until then I will be restarting lircd via scripts.
BTW, FrontRow rocks! Haven’t seen anything like that on Windows/Ubuntu.