Control Freak

Can one little universal remote tame a whole houseful of gadgets and gizmos? Mine can

I'm not one of those people who get all lathered up about what a great show The Sopranos is, but last week I watched an episode in which a guy gets himself whacked over a remote control. That seems a little ridiculous, but then again, it was a pretty nice-looking remote. Lots of buttons. Silver case. Even had a little built-in screen. Come to think of it, I've spent some quality time with some quality universal remotes recently, and I think I can understand how he felt.

A universal remote is a remote control that works with a whole range of...

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