On the other hand, the remote is only intuitive to computer geeks. It's also difficult for someone with motor problems to use; the menu button, for example, is flush.
You can improve the menu button by putting fuzzy side velcro tape on it, but an alternative is to use the undocumented Front Row Key commands.
Undocumented, save for a generous blogger who compiled a list. See his site for the full list, here's my annotated version of an excerpt of it. Note that I used Keyboard Preferences to change the activation/quit key to F13. Unfortunately the F13 key doesn't behave exactly like the Menu button -- it starts and quits rather than moves in and out of menus.
rgbdream.com - Front Row Key CommandsDepending on your context sometimes the arrow keys also navigate menus and control volume.
Enter Front Row F13 Quit Front Row F13 (actually any key not used by FR will exit)
Up Up-arrow Down Down-arrow Select Space Previous menu Escape
Play/Pause Space Rewind Left-arrow Fast-forward Right-arrow Previous track Command + Left-arrow Next track Command + Right-arrow
Volume Up Command + Up-arrow Volume Down Command + Down-arrow
I'm experimenting to figure out the right balance of use of a modified remote and the keyboard. I think the remove may win overall, but using the arrow and enter keys might be useful. You can use the kb volume keys to change volume.
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