If you’ve got some extra time this weekend, and a free serial port (remember those?), this is a project to consider. Sure, there are many more elegant solutions for controlling your music player. My personal favorite is the Logitech diNovo Bluetooth Media Commander which has the added benefit of being wireless. However, for a home brew solution, this project looks pretty good.
“Nowadays, Winamp has full support to keyboard shortcuts. But some time ago, when Winamp didn’t have this feature, I was thinking in some way to make a easy way to change music by simply pressing one button, it would make things faster and would help me to change music during games. So I decided to make a external control panel, to make it easier to change musics, volume up or down, toggle shuffle and many other features by pressing just one button. I found one winamp plugin that shows how to configure a external control using the Serial Port, being able to make 4 or 15 buttons control. I decided to make this, step-by-step, how to do it, hope you enjoy.”
Disguised well, this could be the center piece of a “computer jukebox.” Who says that geeks can’t rock?
Ready to go? Here’s the link.