My PC does not have serial port so I tried using USB Serial port adapter to try those simple circuits. Then I read FAQ says it won't work. I wonder, how to create lirc recevier then. FTDI chips are costly and not even available here in north indian market. all other ideas are using very different (some obsolete) ICs which retailers don't sell.
What do others with similar problems like me do? If I should buy a receiver?

Im very very interested to control my VLC using my Sony TV remote (bravia sync buttons are useless buttons for TV). Have been in LIRC quest for 2 months but not able to succeed. Please suggest.