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Logitech to kill Harmony Link product

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Logitech to kill Harmony Link product

Another lesson in why any products you buy that rely on proprietary cloud services should be considered short-term rentals:
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/11/08 ... next_year/

Note that Harmony Link is not the more recent Harmony Hub. It's an older product that Logitech still sold until recently. But the Hub too depends on a proprietary cloud service.
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Logitech in particular has a bad track record for this kind of thing. (RIP Squeezebox)
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The harmony remotes suck anyways. Half the time there’s one piece of equipment that doesn’t turn on or off.
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XtremeModder wrote:
Nov 8th, 2017 10:56 am
The harmony remotes suck anyways. Half the time there’s one piece of equipment that doesn’t turn on or off.
We have several Harmony remotes (cheaper ones, not expensive ones), and I think they're great. It's an inherent issue that a sequence of several IR commands to different devices might go astray if you don't keep the remote pointed at the equipment, but we've long since learned to be careful about that and it's not a problem.
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They really ought to start making laws (like specific laws) against this crap. It's stupid that these devices simply stop working altogether after they discontinue the online service. In a lot of cases it makes zero sense as to why they can't operate as standalone devices w/o online connectivity and service, and it seems that's the case for something like this as well. Totally lame and stupid. I guess this is a reason not to ever get a Fitbit either because I hear they are also online-dependent.
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I can't remember the model but we had one until I chucked it out about 6 or 7 years ago. For a dedicated specialty remote it had absolutely awful ergonomics. Holding it was about as comfortable as holding onto a pear.
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tedrowse wrote:
Nov 9th, 2017 10:25 pm
I can't remember the model but we had one until I chucked it out about 6 or 7 years ago. For a dedicated specialty remote it had absolutely awful ergonomics. Holding it was about as comfortable as holding onto a pear.
What's wrong with holding pears?
Revolutionary times must on occasion make do with considerable abridgements in order to accentuate the political line more strongly.
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........for hours.

I am a man - remotes are generally permanently attached and must meld with the wearer for seamless channel flipping without inducing thumb cramping.

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