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Just for fun I thought I’d put up a list I found of Instant Messenger shorthand codes and emoticons.  This may be helpful to some of my older friends who are new to messaging.  Some of these are rarely seen and may have already been forgotten.

  • 4VR  –  Forever
  • AYT  –  Are You There?
  • B  – Bye
  • BBFN – Bye Bye For Now
  • BBL – Be Back Later
  • BBS – Be Back Soon
  • BCNU – Be Seeing You
  • B/F – Boyfriend
  • BRB – Be Right Back
  • BTDT – Been There Done That
  • BTW – By The Way
  • BYKT – But You Knew That
  • CU – See You
  • CYA – See Ya
  • CUL8R – See You Later
  • FTL – For The Lose
  • FTW – For The Win
  • GTG – Got To Go
  • G/F – Girlfriend
  • HHOK – Ha Ha, Only Kidding
  • HW – Homework
  • IBCNU – I’ll Be Seein’ You
  • IDK – I Don’t Know
  • IIRC – If I Recall Correctly
  • IMHO – In My Humble Opinion
  • IMO – In My Opinion
  • J/K or JK – Just Kidding
  • LJBF – Let’s Just Be Friends
  • LTNS – Long Time No See
  • LOL – Laugh Out Loud
  • LUL – Love You Lots
  • MYOB – Mind Your Own Business
  • NEWAY – Anyway
  • ROFL – Rolling On the Floor Laughing
  • TOM – Tomorrow
  • TTFN – Ta Ta For Now
  • TTYL – Talk To You Later
  • TNX or TKS – Thanks
  • W1M – Wait One Minute
  • WUZ UP – What’s Up?
  • YT – You There?
  • YT


  • : -) :-)Smiley face
  • : -( 😦 Frowny face
  • :’-( Crying
  • ; -) 😉 Winking
  • :-, Smirking
  • :-0 Yelling
  • :-/ Skeptical
  • :-\ Undecided
  • :-* Oops
  • :-& Tongue Tied
  • ~:-( Angry
  • :-B Drooling
  • %-) Braindead
  • |-O Yawning
  • |~( Steamed
  • >-< Livid
  • : -D 😀 Laughing
  • |-D Laughing bigger
  • :- | 😐 Indifferent or Grim
  • :^D Great!
  • |-P Yuck
  • : -P 😛 Tongue Out
  • :->Sarcasm
  • >:-> Devilish Remark
  • >;-> Lewd Remark
  • : -o 😮 Wow
  • :-< Very Sad
  • :-O Shock, Oh Noes!
  • :-T Trying not to laugh
  • :-X Lips are sealed
  • :-c Unhappy
  • |:{ Disappointed

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The first thing an Infra-Red (IR) remote control needs is an IR receiver.  I needed to buy one of these for my project to use the Apple remote on my PC, so I needed to find a receiver that didn’t come with a remote.  You can find several out remote/receiver packages out there, but I didn’t want to spend the extra money on a remote I wouldn’t use (you can see how much extra it is in the bottom list).  

I did some shopping around and figured out that stand alone receiver are hard to find and often too expensive.    Below is a list of many of the standalone IR receivers and their price for purchase on the web. Also listed is their IR frequency ranges (what frequencies of infra-red signal they will pick up).

  • USB-IRT – $50.00 – 36-40kHz (usb connection)
  • HomElectronic’s TIRA 2.1 – $51.11 – 36-40kHz (usb)
  • HomElectronic’s IRA-3 – $43.81 -36-40kHz (RJ45 or Serial DB9)
  • IRMAN – 21.68Pounds – not in stock, delivery not available US
  • PCIR – 24.68Pounds – (serial connection)
  • IRTrans – 99.00Euros (usb connection)
  • TwistedMelon Manta IR1 – $19.99 – 31-60kHz (usb connection)

For Price comparison here is a list of a bunch of remotes for windows (mostly ugly things) that come with receivers (these vary widely due to differing abilities):

  • The Keyspan Remote – This is a very nice looking remote, similar to the Apple remote – $46.24
  • ATI Remote Wonder – Radio Frequency(RF), Vista Not Supported – $49.99
  • Firefly PCRemote – RF, $49.99
  • Firefly Mini – IR – $29.99
  • StreamZap – RF – $39.95
  • SoundBlaster XFI Remote – $29.99
  • Logitech Universal Harmony 659 – 89.99
  • Harmony 550 – 89.99
  • Univeral Learning Remote – IR and RF – $79.99
  • Windows Media Center IR Remote – $39.99
  • Microsoft A90-00007 – $38.99
  • Microsoft Remote Control A9N-00009 – $51.99

Some of the standalone receivers are more expensive than ones that come with a remote! While you shouldn’t worry about the freqency too much (all of them cover the Apple Remote and most common IR remotes) you may notice a huge difference in prices, availability, and suitability.  But one of them stands out – the Manta IR1 receiver.  

The reason for this is that the Manta is put out by a company called TwistedMelon for the purpose of allowing Mac users with older Macs (or Mac towers) with no built-in IR receiver to be able to use Frontrow and control their mac from the couch. Their main product seems to be their software product, Mira, an interface that allows the Apple remote to control the older macs.  The Manta receiver is therefore not only the cheapest standalone receiver I could find on the net, it’s also the best looking, the easiest to use (some of the othe receivers aren’t even usb), and has the widest receiving frequency.  It will work with pretty much any remote control out there (and it works very nicely with my Media Center Remote).  

You might also notice that buying an apple remote plus a manta receiver is still an economical option compared to many remote/receiver packages.

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This is just for fun, but I think if you haven’t seen these yet, then you’re missing out.  

This dance-video clip

for the song Kalluri Vaanil from the Bollywood movie Pennin Manathai Thottu starring Prabhu Deva Sundaram quickly became extremely popular on YouTube as:

Crazy Indian Dance Video/Dancefest

Its a really good song, very moving, but the production is a little extreme. As if this wasn’t funny enough, a guy called Buffalax came up with this version with subtitles of what the song sounds like to him:

Buffalax’s Version

Now this caused various spinoffs, like this one, but the now the original song continues to be spoofed:

McCain and Palin’s Crazy Indian Dancefest

This is a web craze, an internet meme, every bit as good as rick-rolling, with over 10 million views on Buffalax’s version, 102,000 on the Crazy version and 260,000 on the original. Have fun!

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