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Jun 6, 2008

appleTV, MacBook and a Remote ControlSo, while preparing for my PRSA Digital Impact Conference presentation next week, I grabbed my MacBook, found a comfortable place in my man cave, and started clicking through my slides using the little white remote control that came with my MacBook.

Later that evening, I fired-up my HDTV, only to find a movie paused about halfway through. “That’s odd,” I said to myself. “What was I watching?” After a little detective-work, I determined that someone bought Will Ferrell’s Semi-Pro for $14.95 through iTunes.

I stormed through the house, grumpily asking who bought the movie. My son reminded me that he can’t stand Will Ferrell movies and my wife and daughter stated that they never touch the AppleTV.

As I contemplated all sorts of possibilities, I noticed the little white AppleTV remote control on the table — the same remote that controls my MacBook!

It appears that while I was practicing the timing of my presentation, I simultaneously hit the correct (incorrect?) combination of keys to purchase the movie. With the television and sound system turned off, I had no idea.

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  • Craig

    Ron,

    I understand your frustration, I would be too. However one of the items in the AppleTV user manual about the remote is to “pair” it with the AppleTV. By “pairing” the remote to the AppleTV, it will restrict the AppleTV to the one paired remote.

    Then you have to remember which apple remote is for what device!

  • Craig

    Ron,

    I understand your frustration, I would be too. However one of the items in the AppleTV user manual about the remote is to “pair” it with the AppleTV. By “pairing” the remote to the AppleTV, it will restrict the AppleTV to the one paired remote.

    Then you have to remember which apple remote is for what device!

  • http://ronamok.com ronploof

    But Craig, I’m a guy! I never read manuals:-)

    Thanks for the hint. I think I’ll “pair” tonight.

    R~

  • http://ronamok.com Ron

    But Craig, I’m a guy! I never read manuals:-)

    Thanks for the hint. I think I’ll “pair” tonight.

    R~

  • http://jeremyvaught.com/ Jeremy Vaught

    If I had a macbook I would leave a coolio video comment for you powered by Seesmic. :)

    Instead I’ll just chastise you for having it so rough that you have both a macbook and an appple tv. :) I feel for man.

  • http://jeremyvaught.com Jeremy Vaught

    If I had a macbook I would leave a coolio video comment for you powered by Seesmic. :)

    Instead I’ll just chastise you for having it so rough that you have both a macbook and an appple tv. :) I feel for man.

  • http://jeremyvaught.com/ Jeremy Vaught

    errrr, that should have been, “I feel for you man.”

  • http://jeremyvaught.com Jeremy Vaught

    errrr, that should have been, “I feel for you man.”

  • http://theASICguy.com/ harry the ASIC guy

    At least you never accidentally recorded yourself on someone else’s voicemail while singing to your kids in the car ;-)

  • http://theASICguy.com harry the ASIC guy

    At least you never accidentally recorded yourself on someone else’s voicemail while singing to your kids in the car ;-)