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Beverly Beckham

For many, remotes are out of control

My son says that when he hires a baby sitter to go out for a night, it takes him longer to explain how to turn on his TV than how to care for his three children. But most times, despite his tutorial, the sitter winds up giving up and handing the clickers to the 4-year-old who can access “Dora the Explorer” and “The Octonauts” in a flash, but has no idea how to find anything else.

Bring that tech-savvy 4-year-old to my house, though, and he can’t find “Dora” and “The Octanauts” any better than I can, because in New York he has Time Warner Cable and at my house we have Comcast, and what works for one does not work for the other.

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