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You can attach an IR reciever to the GPIO pins or use a USB adapter for it. I've had very good luck with the TSOP30338, they can be orderd for ~$1 from Mouser
You can attatch an IR receiver to the GPIO pins or use a USB adapter. I've had very good luck with the TSOP38338 made by Vishay, they're about $1 on Mouser. Solder that to a header taken from an IDE cable :)
Yes, its bread with everything but the carbon burned out of it, you could make it in a toaster or oven as well. AvE just likes going overkill ;)