In just a bit over 66 years, it will be the 80s again. 80s babies will once again be tiny, wrinkly, and wearing diapers
Q:I never really did have much faith in the Harmony series of universal remotes; what was it that sold you on it/made you decide to take the leap?
The home theater receiver made me actually need a universal remote. I had one remote whose sole purpose was to turn my TV on and off. The Receiver’s remote was switching inputs and controlling volume. The HTPC remote was controlling the HTPC. The bluetooth keyboard for the HTPC functions that the remote couldn’t handle. It was getting frustrating to turn around and not know which remote I needed or which sofa cushion it was hiding under.
The Harmony remotes are the only ones that work with an HTPC, and the PS3 support was an added bonus. Once you get past the made for grandma, designed and built by engineers interface. It’s not terrible. Just mildly annoying to configure. Once it’s set up, it’s pretty awesome..
The interface design for audio/video equipment is always either a) awful, or b) far too ‘grandma friendly’ in its aspirations.
Half the time, it feels as though the interface design was dreamt up by an army of engineers raised in captivity with zero contact with the outside world. Their only knowledge of interface design coming from their predecessors.
Other times, it feels as though it was designed by an engineer with aspirations to become the Steve Jobs of the A/V industry in an attempt to make the product accessible by every grandmother around the world. Only to end up with a couple of oversized, bubbly buttons with a white/grey background and reassuringly crisp blue and black text.
Occasionally, you come across a device that finds an appropriate middle ground and you start thinking “Hey. Maybe all is not lost in this world”. Only to later find out that the functions you actually needed can’t be done without some sort of inane workaround or an inane amount of clicking through menus because you went with that dreaded middle ground.
I just spent the past hour puzzling over why the hell my Harmony Remote was controlling my TV even though I VERY clearly had it set to control my PC.
Turns out. Even though this thing is controlled by WIFI. Even though it’s configured through a browser-based web portal on myharmony.com. Even though the app for my cell phone recognized the changes instantly. The browser interface would not apply any changes to the hub for the remote to actually recognize until I clicked “Sync” after clicking “Save”.
Now that it’s all working in a half-assed sort of way that will never feel quite ‘right’. It’s kinda neat. Full control over everything in my living room using my phone or a single remote.
Being able to turn on my playstation, home theater reciever, and TV at the click of a single button? Yes please.
Next stop: Mind Control. Seriously. Read my brainwaves.
It’s only a matter of time until Anonymous will begins hacking Amazon drones in an attempt to air drop angry kitties onto unsuspecting pigeons and freeway commuters
Sheila by Morphine
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