Wouldn't it be nice to be able to program the VCR with an SMS?
It would be possible, if it was possible to access IRDA port uisng Python: remote control "emulators" for nokia actually do exist, so it IS feasible... it's just a matter of doing it!
But maybe, rather than messing with IRDA codes, code capturing, code searching, protocol implementations, there could be another way: py60 can emulate keypress! So, just intsll IRREMOTE on your phone, write a program which uses irrmote upon receiving SMS... and upload the program so I can download it!
I do not have an irda-enabled phone... but I'd buy one (for just 50$) right now if such a program existed!