I finally got it working with the Creative (credit card sized) remote.  Thanks so much to all who helped!
Now, one final piece... is there ANY way to use a different remote with it?  The one that comes with it is really too limited (not enough range or buttons).  I thought (naively) that I could just use any remote and change the config file... wrong!
I have a TiVo remote and that's what I'd really like to get working.  Is there anything that can be done?
If there's no chance, then what type of receiver do I need to buy/build to work with the Philips TiVo infrared remote?  There's already a config file out there for it.