If you're using a Mac Mini as a media centre and want to use a non-Apple remote control with it, this tutorial can help you keep your Mini's sleek form factor and avoid ugly IR receiver dongles.
This hack involves a tiny bit of soldering and a very small modification to the metal shielding on the inside of your Mini. Other than that, it's extremely simple to perform this tweak, and well within the realm of an electronics beginner.
When you're done with the mod, you'll be able to use remotes besides the Apple remote — the modder who created the tutorial preferred using a Microsoft Media centre remote. Have a media centre hack to share? Let's hear about it in the comments.