Universally Annoying Remotes

What is it with consumer electronics and the uncontrolled proliferation of remotes? We recently upgraded to an EDTV plasma, which I am very happy with, but the nature of the inputs forced another remote on to the coffee table. That brings us to a total of four: HTPC, Tivo, Receiver, and TV. The remote situation is now officially out of control. So I started looking for a solution.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original blog entry at: http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/2004/12/universally-annoying-remotes.html

If you want a better view of the Harmony remote buttons, there’s a really nice closeup of the H680 “in action” that a user posted, here:

http://home.comcast.net/~bklfowler/harmony680_hand.jpg

Thanks for the tip! I’ve just ordered one, it’s what I’ve been after for some time now.

www.newegg.com has pretty good pictures of the 680, including ones close enough that you can really see which buttons are where.