How to build a simple but cool IR (Infra Red) receiver.

[-] You can think that, as there is no direct line between you, sitting in front of the pc, and the serial receiver, on the back of the pc, this is not a good place for the device. However, IR signals can reflect on many surfaces: if you have a white wall behind the computer you will generally be able to use your remote control without problems.

A white wall behind the computer helps IR signals to reach the receiver