PPort is a simple yet handy automation program and its documented counterpart for interfacing a PC with external electronic devices. Using its two programs, a daemon and a client, it aims to control external apparatus by reading and writing through common computer ports. Using this bundle, one can successfully control any household appliance or electronic device with minimal hassle and practically no changes.
Slink-e tools is a package of programs and libraries to drive the Slink-e infrared remote control via its serial port from a Linux system. It features an interactive program to talk to the Slink-e and exercise its functions, an editor and learner for the IR code database, a readline-based command interface, a daemon that controls a Slink-e so that multiple other programs can interact with it, and Perl libraries for talking to the Slink-e at various levels. The package also contains complete documentation of the Slink-e device itself.