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Town Talk for 6.20.08

Daily Staff Report
Vail CO, Colorado
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Revolutionary remote control … kind of

Here’s one of the truest generalizations about men and women: Men think remote controls are as essential as ” if not more important than ” health insurance, family time, food, bathing, talking, etc.

And women, well, they can get by just fine without remotes. In fact, they can’t fathom why a man might need three or four different remotes to turn on the television. They don’t grasp the need for stereo sound or high-def or TiVo.

Sheesh.

So, the Titans of Town Talk Towers have found a solution. There’s this new remote, made by Logitech, called the Harmony that you connect to your computer and learns how all the components of your entertainment center work.

We’ve been testing this product in the ultra-secret Town Talk Towers Proving Grounds and Potato Chip Testing Facility in Gilman. And the verdict? It’s revolutionary, even if it doesn’t always work exactly like we think it’s supposed to. But we think that’s operator error ” in fact, this remote control seems to be smarter than most of us here in the Town Talk Towers.

For example, is your setup so convoluted that you have to write up instructions so your father-in-law can still watch the news even if you’re not home to walk him through all the different remotes you need? Do you have to change the input setting on the TV and the amplifier to play DVDs?

This remote does this with one button ” kind of. You just have to solve the algorithm that flashes across its display screen. Yes, this remote is sort of like the Sphinx. Get ready to answer some riddles before sitting down to watch the season finale of “Lost” on your DVR.

As for the wife, tell her you only need to press the one button to watch the latest Drew Barrymore movie. You’ll just need some place to hide, with the other remotes, and turn all the different components on for her.

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