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Space Command remote control

The improved "Space Command" remote came with four buttonspower, tune up, tune down, and mute; this version dates from the 1970s.

Credit: Todd Ehlers/ Flickr

I can't figure out how to watch my brother's TV. He's explained it to me a hundred times, but that's the curse of the baby-sitting uncle: It's harder to work a remote control than it is to change a diaper.

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