My sons learned that from me. I began doing it during my second pregnancy when even saltine crackers were not plain enough for my level of nausea.
Yes, it's mind bogglingly messy.
(Or, maybe being a teenager starting high school at the time makes my assessment biased).
Mivina. I was very excited to tell my US friends about The Very Ukrainian product they've all been missing out on (with a very Ukrainian brand name).
Until my grad school friend told me that it literally means Noodles From Vietnam in Vietnamese.
Turns out, Mivina was indeed created in Ukraine — and made its creator the richest person in Vietnam .
Deservedly so, I say.
I thought I figured out some amazing snack when I started eating ramen straight out of the pack. My brother and I would mix it with microwave popcorn (two unhealthy snacks cancel each other out, right?)
So it came as a shock when my cousin from Korea came to visit and wasn't impressed with our ramen snacks.
"Doesn't everyone do this?"
Turned out my Half-Korean friends were doing the same thing (we were all Army brats). They were equally surprised to find others doing it.
I have to say, I'm not impressed.
* battery life down from two weeks to two days on standby. People assure me it's not just my choice of model, this is the new normal and I should just get into a habit of charging it every night.
* generating dial tones during a call, as call tree systems generally require, is super awkward: you have to slide an unlock slider, then tap an icon to bring up the keypad, then dial the digit you want - all while looking at the screen, because unlike a real dial pad you cannot do this by feel - before the call tree prompt times out. Makes you feel like James Bond trying to defuse a bomb.
* texting is awkward: instead of generating text with nine tactile buttons, you swipe around a drawing qwerty keyboard twice the size of your thumb in total.
* I can't run the blackberry apps for connectivity to work because the Android version is incompatible, so it's no use as a smartphone for software reasons
* The UI generally feels like an unfinished intern project: the phone takes ages to boot, apps are slow to open and crash often, some settings do not survive a power cycle, etc etc. Having worked with many Android devices in a previous job, I'm pretty convinced this is not actually down to my choice of phone model; they're all flaky and people are just used to it. iOS devices are noticeably better in this regard, but suffer from other problems (the worst of which is Apple's disregard for third party software - every OS update breaks something, and major ones break most things, so every year or two all the actually smart parts of the smartphone stop working, you lose whatever you had stored in them and have to switch to new ones).
* The device is too small to comfortably read or browse internet on except in an emergency
Some of that is on me for picking a tiny phone, but the bigger devices aren't really much better until they get too big for a jeans pocket, and fitting into my pocket really is a hard requirement for a device whose primary purpose is something I carry on me all the time to stay in touch with people. Like any self-respecting techie I have a tablet for reading/web browsing on a decent screen, and a laptop for when I want a real computer, so the flaky unreliable value-add does not seem to justify the broken core functionality of a mobile phone.
I have now settled down into a working relationship of mutual hatred with the device, but I do miss the old phone that was just a phone. Maybe it is time to declare myself a senior after all.
It's your choice of phone. I have a cheap Samsung phone for work and I don't touch it for a week at a time and it's still charged. I suspect I could get it to last longer if I disabled some of the google syncing (assistant type stuff, checking for updates etc) but it's not my phone and i'm only on support for a week at a time.
I think you shouldn't force yourself on a technology you don't like just cause it's popular, i.e., smartphones with a touchscreen. Do try a phone with a larger screen though. :)
As long as you are looking for GSM instead of CDMA and the frequencies are correct for your country have a look on sites like AliExpress and import them directly from China.
That’s my anecdotal experience
I do talk to less people overall though since pretty much everyone (especially young people) uses WhatsApp or Snapchat as their primary communication medium.
I no longer get any minutes or texts with my mobile plan - data only is half the price, and I've never met anyone without WhatsApp.
It took a bit of effort and technical understanding, and since I didn't even know it was possible, let alone that easy, he didn't get in trouble. (Though I told him if he did it again, he'd be in Serious Trouble, which is the top level of trouble above big and major).
I'm a geek - if you can out-tech me, you win.
I downsized to a large phone a year ago (partly because Apple neglected the iPad mini and I gave up waiting for a better version to come out).
I guess not everybody had seen a tablet at that time, circa 2013 or so, and it worked almost every time. That was my party trick.
Also, teaching your kids about radio is a nice bonus.
(Although my 10 year old figured out how to bypass those in a matter of days each time I closed the previous bypass-hole... and that was using a rooted OS I could SSH into. So maybe not so effective.)
And then there's the "Breaking Phones" spin-off we really all wanted to see:
The actual "Breaking Bad" spin-off "Better Call Saul" has a whole multi-episode sub-plot about burner phones:
You can see how cool that burner phone must have made her daughter feel!
The Wire promulgated the phone meaning of burner AFAIK. It may have been misunderstood by the police (Ed Burns was a police officer) or it may have been by analogy.
(I learned this from articles over a decade ago, very hard to pin down now that the phone meaning is widespread.)
"The writers of The Wire did not invent this term. Evidence of its use can be found at least as far back as 1996, when the rapper Kingpin Skinny Pimp used it on the song One Life 2 Live: “Talkin’ on the burner phone, bumpin’ hutch.”"
Buying a phone to do crimes? I imagine want to pay cash, get something that doesn't require a global account login, and is cheap enough to toss early and often.
Going through security points where you suspect they'll try to force you to log into accounts, dupe the device's contents, possibly install malware, etc? You might just be looking for something you can buy once you arrive that isn't prohibitively expensive and will be easy to re-sell for most of what you paid before you leave.
A phone you can afford to discard ("burn"), either after its first use, or on a schedule, or when something risky happens (you are moving a lot of money or material, cheating on your spouse, etc.).
I just use it for the standby time (nearing a month).
I've got a £50 dumb nokia phone, it's lighter than any smartphone and last for 1-2 weeks on battery (it's about 5 years old), impossible to break, i never have to think about it or worry about it, it doesn't distract me until someone really needs to communicate with me... I love it, but then I never liked smart phones.
Call quality is really good.
On Amazon, search by carrier, sort by lowest price. Some are low end Android, but some are feature phones. In my experience really low end android phones have such little storage they might as well be feature phones. You could only get 1-2 apps on max if you tried.
Amazon lists at least one more but look at the fine print, if it's a 3G model it can't be activated after the end of 2018.
In the UK i can just buy any unlocked phone I want online and stick my sim card in it, the networks let you use whatever you want. My current phone is only 3g but this has worked everywhere I have traveled so far, Europe, Asia, Mexico, but not tried US.
Then best part about the phone is that I'm not tempted to pull it out of my pocket and check social media or browse the web every minute of the day.
It's also one of the smallest phones on the market, fits in the hand and pocket much better than every other phone.
I also have data completely disabled on it. I haven't changed my phone plan yet because I wasn't sure I would be happy with the phone, but Ive been using it about 3 months now and thinking of downgrading to a $10 a month plan.
Parental controls are baked into the OS network stack with a locked bootloader.
Honestly, I worry most about the harmful social aspects and part of me wishes the damn things didn't exist. Even for myself ...
That shirt ten minute time out tells them that their behaviour is wrong and needs to be fixed. It's tied to the actual behaviour that needs to be fixed. It prevents an argument spanning a week.
I'm willing to bet a 10 year old wouldn't think much of 10 minutes without a phone.
Recently I tried exchanging numbers with a friend who has a burner phone - a replacement for a lost phone.
Yes, good luck with dialling a number or storing a number in the contacts. Even sending a text is a trial of user experience, an intelligence test akin to solving a Rubik's Cube.
So it is good to see that a 12 year old can work out some of these functions. I completely failed to exchange phone contact numbers with my friend, with ten minutes of trying.
I honestly quite liked it, not that I ever want to go back now.
(Also, I do not have a mobile phone and I think I do not want one.)
You literally unlock the phone, type the number and press the call button.
I bought one for my 8 yod, unknown brand "Plum" and works great, battery lasts like a week.
In my case, I got it for emergencies.
A burner phone is Any phone that you can pay cash for and buy air time on it with prepaid air time cards (also for cash). Therefore No One knows who owns it.
Right button (contacts) > Add Contact (First option).
Same as before, scroll down 'till you find the contact > Right click > Send V Card.
One thing I love, on the home screen, want to search for 'Rich'? Type 7424 (Rich) and Richard is listed.. Name and contact number. From there I can press the green button to call him or right click for more options.
My observation is a genuine one. When was the last time you tried a modern burner phone?
They are not your grandma's Nokia. They will have a brand you have never heard of and the functions will be upgraded to give lame access to WhatsApp or some other internet functionality that was not around before 2007.
The other thing is that you can quickly forget the strange button presses and hacks that went with the original burner phone interface. To take an automotive analogy, sure we hand-started cars once and you can hand-start them now but you don't get the same handle that used to come with them.