Monday, September 17, 2007
20070915_remote.jpgThis won't be of much use to most of you guys, but if I can just help one person out there, then this will be worth it.

No, it's nothing that serious, in fact, it's really goofy.

You know how I was telling you that we hooked our iPod to our television via an Apple Universal Dock?

Well, oddly enough, we found that using the Apple Remote to pause the show we were watching ended up turning on our iMac. Yep, the iMac (which is in the same room, obviously) also has an infrared receiver.

Talk about technology amuck - the first time it happened the TV is going and all of a sudden from behind us iTunes is blasting. At first I thought the iMac might have gained sentience, like HAL from 2001.

As much as I like computers, I'm glad that's not the case. I like being the one in charge.

Anyway, this has been a pain in our necks for almost a month now, but the other day I finally found an Apple Support Document that helped - Pairing your Apple Remote with your computer. Here's an excerpt:

    Turning off infrared reception

    You can use the Security pane in System Preferences to turn the infrared ("IR") reception on your Mac off (or back on). To do this:

      1. From the Apple menu, choose System Preferences.
      2. Click Security to display the pane.
      3. Select the "Disable remote control infrared receiver" checkbox.
posted by Josh at 10:21 AM |