Home Theater Blues
The current issue of IEEE Computer has an excellent commentary by Don Norman on the problems anybody "beyond early adopters and technological thrill seekers" would have putting together and operating a souped-up home theater system (HDTV, satellite, THX audio, DVD player, TiVo, etc.). This is the kind of article that the IEEE ought to be distributing on the web, as soon as it's published, for free, but it's unavailable at the Computer Society web site.
However, there is an earlier edition of the same article available from Don Norman's web site.
Enjoy. While you're at his site, you might also enjoy his article on "Toilet Paper Algorithms".