Wacky Design – TV Remote Controls

Flipping through the TV guide from my digital box the other day, and this dawned on me. The TV Remote Control design is backwards. Huh? Well, so if you are looking through the guide, you actually have to hit the “down” button or “page down” button to make the channels go higher in the guide. To me this is just wacky. Hit down to go up. Now, you can look at it, and say, yeah, hit down and it makes the things on the screen go down, but the channels go higher. Another quirk – there is no back button on my remote, but to get back from some screens, you have to hit the last button, which is no where in the vicinity of the rest of the menu controls. And “last” really means two things – last channel or last screen? I don’t know WTF they control designers were smoking, but I suppose – after a few months of using it I’m sure I’ll be used to it :)

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