A few days ago, I suffered a grievous loss - my Harmony 550universal remote was destroyed by my kids. They were fighting over a pillow in the living room (why, I have no idea), and the pillow got knocked into my cup of coffee sitting on the ottoman, and then, almost in slow motion, I saw a glut (glop? bloop?) of coffee fly about a foot in the air and land all over my remote, and my PS3 controller, and our cordless phone handset.
Luckily the PS3 controller was only winged - a baby wipe took care of that. And we had a spare handset for our cordless phone. But my baby - my precious - was completely soaked in coffee. To the point where it was beeping plaintively at me and flashing odd messages on its LCD screen. So after several futile attempts to crack it open in the vain hope that it could be saved, I took the batteries out, and put it out of its misery.
And to make matters worse, Logitech no longer makes this model, or anything similar - their new remotes under $100 are all bulbous monstrosities, are poorly designed and have a different button layout altogether, compared to my sleek little master of all that is electronic. While I still have my device profiles on my Logitech account that I can synch to a new remote, I’ll need to remap half the buttons, and learn a new remote layout, and that pisses me off to no end. And forget about buying used - the last time I did that with a remote I got screwed.
So now, I have 5 frigging remotes hanging around, that had previously been safely locked away in a drawer. Two of these - for my Apple TV and my HDMI switch - are tiny, smaller than a pack of gum, and very easy to get lost (so of course, they’re the first ones the kids go for).