Thank you guys so much for your contributions, as soon as I get the hardware, I will start working on this immediately.
I will start another thread for posting status.
The remote (and usb receiver) has been shipped via UPS. Thom, I will PM you the tracking number as soon as it shows up in the system.
I have a second one of these (currently the GF uses it with WinMCE) and am running 710 on my core, but have a second box setup running one of the 810 alphas and can test compatibility/functionality on this second remote when you get closer to that stage.
Thanks again for doing this-