Technological/practical "backward steps" we all just accept now

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I was watching a programme about Nokia which mentioned how Apple came along with its massive touchscreen, which sacrificed battery life and durability i.e. we all now accept that a phone battery will need charging at least every night and if we drop the phone the screen will shatter, which wasn't the case before. There must be tons of these?

My own personal bugbear is how you used to be able to change the TV channel with a remote instantaneously rather than having to wait a couple of seconds after pressing the button and now that's seemingly impossible.

On a larger scale it's probably a backwards step that everyone is expected to have a recent smartphone to conveniently do loads of things (show your boarding pass, or whatever) and shit stops being supported within a few versions. Music compression too. But I guess I'm thinking of specific annoyances that shouldn't even be problems.

I was only half-watching the Nokia programme so please feel free to correct my comprehensive history of Apple there.

kinder, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 22:14 (three years ago) link

the original gameboy lasted about eight years through new release support and actual durability of the hardware

phil neville jacket (darraghmac), Tuesday, 13 August 2019 22:17 (three years ago) link

Everybody's landline used to work in a blackout.

mick signals, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 22:33 (three years ago) link

^^ good one, also you can no longer get DC power from landlines

sleeve, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 22:34 (three years ago) link

taking the headphone jack away

sleeve, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 22:34 (three years ago) link

Audio fidelity/quality was better with landlines too.

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 22:39 (three years ago) link

sez you, "Telecom"

kinder, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 22:41 (three years ago) link

:)

kinder, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 22:41 (three years ago) link

at my gym i have to log in on a giant touch screen to run on the fucking treadmill. the other day it asked me if i wanted to install updates. hl;kjalkjh;asgdhl;kasgd

cheese canopy (map), Tuesday, 13 August 2019 22:44 (three years ago) link

My own personal bugbear is how you used to be able to change the TV channel with a remote instantaneously rather than having to wait a couple of seconds after pressing the button and now that's seemingly impossible.

― kinder, 14. august 2019 00:14 (thirty-four minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

Wait, what?

Frederik B, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 22:51 (three years ago) link

oh god please just go away

cheese canopy (map), Tuesday, 13 August 2019 22:54 (three years ago) link

iPod clickwheel RIP

Come and Rock Me, Hot Potatoes (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 13 August 2019 23:00 (three years ago) link

Audio fidelity/quality was better with landlines too

Right? It used to actually be enjoyable to talk on the phone (not to mention that handsets were much more ergonomic/comfortable/seemed less likely to induce brain cancer), no wonder phone calls seem like an intrusive nuisance now.

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 13 August 2019 23:06 (three years ago) link

I realized too when I got an iPhone for xmas how much it suffered from an absence of the trackball on my old phone.

Come and Rock Me, Hot Potatoes (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 13 August 2019 23:12 (three years ago) link

The iPad was a bit of a stumble
-techno beaver

calstars, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 23:13 (three years ago) link

remote control thing is a great example. that drives me crazy any time i'm in a hotel or something and just want to enjoy the mindless zone-out of channel surfing. related: TVs coming with "motion smoothing" turned on by default and sometimes with no option to turn it off.

* many websites/apps/etc. have gotten slower and junkier as they've added features, loaded up with data-draining graphics and videos and scripts. like, just trying to see what the hourly weather forecast for tomorrow is involves a lot more clicking and waiting than it did a few years ago. google maps is another one that's gotten a lot shittier.

* new laptops with only USB-C ports so that to make this sleek, elegant thing fully functional and do basic things you need to buy an expensive dongle and have it hang awkwardly off the apple lust object.

* also in general, laptops replacing desktops for a computer that remains at a desk at all times --- massively worse ergonomically and less computer for your money.

* not to make this a physical media thread but def all the downsides of the streaming world belong here. but obv there are many tradeoffs.

* general trend of offloading labor onto unpaid customers (self check out, surveys, pressure from amazon to answer support questions for products you've bought, etc.).

* death of big-budget 2D animation (in hollywood anyway).

history is littered with these of course, cf. invention of agriculture and human health/life expectancy/society. or cars replacing transit networks, all of those stories. or at a pettier level, all the changes in shaving since idk the 1960s or 70s.

Good morning, how are you, I'm (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 13 August 2019 23:26 (three years ago) link

Audio fidelity/quality was better with landlines too.

i hung onto my landline for longer than most people and in the early days of cellphones it was infuriating talking to anyone on theirs because the audio quality was terrible. it's better now but still not as good as landlines were.

visiting, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 23:50 (three years ago) link

the substitution of plastics for paper, cloth, wood, and metal (not as acceptable as it used to be but never more pervasive)

Brad C., Tuesday, 13 August 2019 23:58 (three years ago) link

Color printer/scanners are a now an everyday cheapish appliance but their rate of malfunction makes them barely worth the trouble.
A black and white laserjet that couldn’t scan shit would cost you an arm but you could be sure that sucker would turn out pages for ages, iirc.

El Tomboto, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 00:02 (three years ago) link

A lot of fast fashion type stuff bugs me, like having to actually look for cotton underwear.

sarahell, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 00:08 (three years ago) link

as someone who lives in a country where you wear gloves several months out of the year, i daily cursed the engineer who introduced thumbprint unlock as the default on the iPhone

the ghost of tom, choad (thomp), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 00:10 (three years ago) link

the default of ‘pick up your phone and look at it before we reveal the content of a text’ on the iPhone ten also a v stupid idea

the ghost of tom, choad (thomp), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 00:11 (three years ago) link

A black and white laserjet that couldn’t scan shit would cost you an arm but you could be sure that sucker would turn out pages for ages, iirc.

― El Tomboto, Tuesday, August 13, 2019 5:02 PM (fourteen minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

Brother still makes products of this caliber and they aren't disturbingly expensive.

president of deluded fruitcakes anonymous (silby), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 00:18 (three years ago) link

at a pettier level, all the changes in shaving since idk the 1960s or 70s.

― Good morning, how are you, I'm (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, August 13, 2019 4:26 PM (fifty-two minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

development of laser hair removal is a big improvement tbh

president of deluded fruitcakes anonymous (silby), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 00:19 (three years ago) link

Color printer/scanners are a now an everyday cheapish appliance but their rate of malfunction makes them barely worth the trouble.

Not to be a commercial but after years of having problems with inkjet printers and generally feeling like they were the most unreliable piece of technology in existence, I bought an Epson Eco-tank and it has been life-changing. I actually love my printer now and wouldn’t trade it for anything. 100% reliable, scans and prints great, I haven’t had to refill it yet and I’ve had it for... 2 years? No more of the seemingly constant cartridge replacements. /commercial

epistantophus, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 00:22 (three years ago) link

Of course, that’s the opposite of what this thread is about.

epistantophus, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 00:24 (three years ago) link

I just had a 1958 Grundig tube radio repaired, it sounds amazing; finding someone who could work on it was the hard part

it wasn't really so long ago that devices like radios, TVs, stereo components, and even personal computers were designed to be repaired and kept in service for many years; now the same kinds of devices go directly to the landfill as soon as they fail, if not sooner; the fact that the replacement devices are cheaper and more capable than the junked ones is not a particularly impressive sign of progress

Brad C., Wednesday, 14 August 2019 00:37 (three years ago) link

The loss of institutional knowledge about how to build heavy-duty, reliable liquid propellant rocket systems has had a massive impact on space programs around the world.

Now somebody tell me they have a way to get to the moon just fine.

El Tomboto, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 00:45 (three years ago) link

I’m gonna be really anxious when the time comes to buy a new TV because the one I have has been so good for so long *raps on wooden table*

El Tomboto, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 00:47 (three years ago) link

i was curious about buying a new tv - i haven't had one since the mid 90s, a portable black-and-white model from the 80s passed on to me from my parents - and the enormous variations in crazy features and too-good-to-be-credible prices just made me give up

j., Wednesday, 14 August 2019 00:53 (three years ago) link

I started with the knowledge that I wanted a Sony of a certain size with a certain number of HDMI inputs and went with that, I think?

El Tomboto, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 00:59 (three years ago) link

i recently had ceiling fans installed, and we got the ones with lights built in

too late i realised that to turn the lights on and off we now need to fumble around with a dinky battery powered remote

curse a society that no longer understands that light switches should be easy to find in the dark

(also every button press is accompanied by an annoying beeping sound that can't be muted)

umsworth (emsworth), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 01:00 (three years ago) link

that everything has a remote is ridiculous.

Yerac, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 01:02 (three years ago) link

Wait, I've never turned lights on or off with a battery-powered remote. That is not a backward step I accept!

Landlines, though. Still had one until 2011. I sometimes wonder if I'm the only person who finds it physically difficult to converse satisfyingly on a smartphone.

All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 01:08 (three years ago) link

i hate talking on the phone now, it makes me antsy and eager to get off the phone. but i don't know if that is something abt the phone itself, or how my expectations and practices around phones have changed, esp thru texting taking the place of calls for almost all the things i used to make calls for. and the ppl on the other end feeling the same way and distracted and eager to get off the phone too.

Good morning, how are you, I'm (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 01:24 (three years ago) link

everyone hates talking on the phone now.
it's social anxiety and because we have so many job related activities where one is on the phone all the time.

Yerac, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 01:28 (three years ago) link

although my mom still chats away like she is teenager of the year.

Yerac, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 01:28 (three years ago) link

It used to be that after CRT and plasma declined, televisions were a forced compromise: backlit LCD or nothing, which suck for watching films (bad shadow levels, motion smoothing, etc etc). I white-knuckled the gap between plasma and OLED by self-repairing my plasma when the power supply failed, and then buying a used plasma which got me through (barely, with lines on the screen and driver failures) just until the OLEDs came down enough for me to consider an end-of-line clearance price.
Now of course I have the best TV of my life - it's kind of ironic because my film library is worth probably 5-10 times as much as the screen I watch them on.

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 02:05 (three years ago) link

Landlines were easier to have a conversation on because it was in real time. Cellphones have gotten better, but they're still bouncing audio off of metal towers like a pinball machine. Landlines were the technological final product of an evolution that began with two cans and a piece of string, and worked just fine.

I have the same tv remote problem with my microwave.

Are there really cars out there that combat drowsiness by not letting itself drift over any white or yellow line unless the blinker is on?] Because I will lose my shit, that's all there is to it.

pplains, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 02:45 (three years ago) link

things have gotten a bit better, but even as the early playstation era was happening i remember thinking "wow it sucks that i have to wait 15 seconds for every other screen to load". that was in stark contrast to the near-instant load times of the cartridge based systems at the time and of the recent past.

of course, we were all more than willing to wait as long as it took to gedda load of them polygams

https://i.imgur.com/KKf0O1X.jpg

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 02:49 (three years ago) link

When you buy a new video game and it has to spend an assload of time downloading "updates" before you can play the fucking thing.

Also Denny's getting rid of the Breakfast Dagwood

i'd rather zing like a man, than FP like a coward (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 04:00 (three years ago) link

like, just trying to see what the hourly weather forecast for tomorrow is involves a lot more clicking and waiting than it did a few years ago”

(since you’re not opposed to using google:) google “(city) weather” once, ctrl+h “wea” for every instance after

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 04:04 (three years ago) link

P much any form of watching tv now.

i'd rather zing like a man, than FP like a coward (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 04:23 (three years ago) link

Are you guys saying landlines don't sound as good as they used to, or that cellphones don't sound as good as landlines? I agree with the latter, but as for the former, my landline still sounds great. I would never have a conversation on my cellphone unless I was away from home.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 04:30 (three years ago) link

We have a landline so we can put the number on paperwork, and for “just in case.” I think we turned the ringer off two years ago. It sits behind the dehumidifier in our master bedroom.

El Tomboto, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 04:55 (three years ago) link

xp saying that cellphones don't sound as good as landlines.

visiting, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 04:56 (three years ago) link

Coca Cola Freestyle machines. Ok...i love em. But...

Soda fountains in the past, usually your biggest problem was the soda came out flat because the bag needed to be changed. So maybe your number one choice isn't available, but other stuff is. Also, multiple people can fill their shit at the same time.

But with these fuckin machines, if you are unlucky enough to go to a store with only one machine, you gotta wait behind the dummy who can't figure it out.

Then when you get there, sometimes they're out of like every diet product, but you don't find out until you click on it and try to pour it, it stops, and greys out.

And then sometimes the shit just malfunctions and nobody in the restaurant knows how to fix it because they gotta call some help line. And if none of the machines work, you gotta wait in kine and get someone at the counter to pour you a drink

i'd rather zing like a man, than FP like a coward (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 05:23 (three years ago) link

iPod clickwheel RIP

iPod classic RIP, I am just never going to be one of those people who wants to listen to music on their phone (it doesn’t sound as good and I can’t anticipate what I want go listen to at any one time enough to have stuff downloaded on Spotify. Maybe I like the misery of separate devices.)

Not to say it didn’t happen before, because it did, but I have to browse online through various plugins and stuff to block all the shitty little trackers so I don’t have to be followed around online by anything I looked at. Facebook login pages on everything are definitely a step backwards.

On that note, the continuing erosion of anonymous/pseudonymous space online. This is bad and people will realise how bad when it’s eventually gone.

And the reduction in diversity of websites/content in general - seems like most people hang out on the same spaces/apps and that’s a big reduction in choice and handing over control to a few large companies.

gyac, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 05:26 (three years ago) link

Oh and inspired by Neanderthal’s post just now! Automated airport bag drops - just an awful scourge and take far more time than having someone check the suitcase and slap the sticker on it for you. Goes double if you’re stuck behind people who are confused by this (naturally). Waited fifteen minutes behind a family checking in three suitcases the other day - there should have been staff to help them.

gyac, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 05:29 (three years ago) link

My child barfed on my Roku remote. I got a harmony. It has a mute button. But most of the time I use Alexa to mute the tv.

Jeff, Thursday, 3 November 2022 12:32 (three weeks ago) link

@maffew12 - Standalone Rokus in USB stick form.

Doctor Casino, Thursday, 3 November 2022 12:41 (three weeks ago) link

one of the annoying things about my USB stick Roku which I mostly think is great is that my old Logitech Harmony remote isn't compatible with it since this roku doesn't use infrared for communicating with the Roku (since it's behind the TV).

I've programmed the Roku remote to control the volume of the soundbar, but this means I can't use the remote for turning the TV on or off, so I need the TV remote just to turn the TV on or off. I feel like it should be possible to have the power button on the Roku remote be associated with one device and the volume button with another (this is hardly an uncommon setup), but as far as I can tell there's no way to configure the Roku remote this way.

silverfish, Thursday, 3 November 2022 15:39 (three weeks ago) link

i have a new LG TV and a new Roku stick and i wasn't expecting this but the LG remote actually controls the Roku..... and the other way around! so it doesn't matter which remote i pick up. i did nothing specific to make it behave this way

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 3 November 2022 17:07 (three weeks ago) link

My child barfed on my Roku remote

what were you watching, Human Centipede II?

Andy the Grasshopper, Thursday, 3 November 2022 17:15 (three weeks ago) link

Cannibal Holocaust: The Musical

Fash Gordon (Neanderthal), Thursday, 3 November 2022 17:27 (three weeks ago) link

what were you watching, _Human Centipede II_?


That is a scenario that would happen in my home.

Jeff, Thursday, 3 November 2022 17:30 (three weeks ago) link

These days roasted pumpkin seeds are delicious ! But I miss the days of roasting them 'round the hearth with good company, my neighboors the Hawthornes - we have lost such fateful camaraderie though we have gained that word. I blame the Whig party!

| (Latham Green), Thursday, 3 November 2022 17:51 (three weeks ago) link

I am fucking furious that Google is forcing 2-step authentication on my email accounts, a feature I didn’t ask for nor want. My passwords are unique and nigh impossible to figure out, even for me at times, and I never use keychain or other such things to “remember” them— that’s the point of a password. Fucking ludicrous.

poppin' debussy (the table is the table), Friday, 4 November 2022 20:15 (three weeks ago) link

i have gotten to a point where I almost have the 5 digit numbers memorized for the various companies that have forced 2FA ... i have some sad says where the first screen of recent calls on my phone are all 2FA messages

sarahell, Friday, 4 November 2022 21:32 (three weeks ago) link

It's all bloat that needn't exist afaic.

poppin' debussy (the table is the table), Friday, 4 November 2022 22:15 (three weeks ago) link

get rid of your google account iirc

Tracer Hand, Friday, 4 November 2022 22:34 (three weeks ago) link

speaking of bloat that needn't exist!

Tracer Hand, Friday, 4 November 2022 22:35 (three weeks ago) link

I am pondering it, tbh!

poppin' debussy (the table is the table), Friday, 4 November 2022 23:20 (three weeks ago) link

at some point i set up 2fa for facebook, which i log into like once a year

for whatever reason, fb won't accept the secret google time code anymore, and wants me to send them my passport or something similarly insane to unlock it. oh well!

mookieproof, Friday, 4 November 2022 23:27 (three weeks ago) link

Windows key + shift + s for a snip is the greatest keyboard shortcut I know.

woah thx Chinaski, that's certainly a forward step for me!

anatol_merklich, Wednesday, 9 November 2022 00:03 (two weeks ago) link

Really not loving the current US trend of requiring ID for alcohol purchases across the board.

I have grey hair and bifocals and two children. I am standing here coming home from work and wearing a suit and buying pork tenderloin, a pound of french-cut green beans, a dozen diapers, some cat food, and a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon. I just want to get home and cook dinner and fall asleep in the middle of a Law & Order episode that I've already seen.

I am really obviously not a high-schooler trying to get some beers illegally. And yet someone needs to scan my driver's license and enter the date (which, for those keeping track, ends in 197ntyfucking1).

As a former retail cashier myself, I understand that they are beholden to their management and their employers and they don't make the rules. They don't need the hassle of making judgment calls.

But giving them the ability to exercise some little bits of uncontroverisal judgment would be welcome. It would save everyone time.

ooh I wanna take ya to Topeka (Ye Mad Puffin), Saturday, 19 November 2022 20:16 (one week ago) link

I think it sometimes depends on how the store has their point of sale systems configured tbh. I went through this a while back w/Walgreens and cigarettes. For many years they just had to type in the date of birth in order for the computer to allow them to charge me for cigarettes. This was better because they would often just type in whatever birthday that satisfied the age requirement. Sometimes they'd ask and I'd have to say xxxxx xxxx 197ntyfuckingxxx. In the past couple years, some of the stores switched to having to scan or swipe the ID.

sarahell, Saturday, 19 November 2022 20:42 (one week ago) link

whenever I hear about pointless rigmarole around a retail transaction I assume it’s related to metadata/purchase habit tracking

assert (matttkkkk), Saturday, 19 November 2022 20:59 (one week ago) link

i tend to think fraud or theft prevention -- but you are probably right

sarahell, Saturday, 19 November 2022 21:09 (one week ago) link

funny how a law intended to identify adults has ended up infantilising everyone

Tracer Hand, Saturday, 19 November 2022 21:38 (one week ago) link

I feel insulted when there’s a sign that says “we id anyone under the age of X” where X is usually 35 or 40

you better id me!! why didn’t you?

mh, Saturday, 19 November 2022 22:42 (one week ago) link


i tend to think fraud or theft prevention -- but you are probably right

Along those lines when I'm asked to enter my ZIP code at the gas station down the street... From the name on the card, this would be the easiest thing to figure out.

Even without the name, a pretty good guess would probably work too.

pplains, Sunday, 20 November 2022 00:21 (six days ago) link

Nobody cards me cos I look like I died already

Fash Gordon (Neanderthal), Sunday, 20 November 2022 02:37 (six days ago) link

Even without the name, a pretty good guess would probably work too.

― pplains, Saturday, November 19, 2022 4:21 PM (two days ago)

the likelihood that it's the same ZIP as that of the gas station is fairly high

sarahell, Monday, 21 November 2022 19:30 (five days ago) link

though I always feel absurdly "safe" because my go-to gas station is in an adjacent ZIP code ... sad lol

sarahell, Monday, 21 November 2022 19:31 (five days ago) link

I stopped being carded around 45-46. (I'm 52 now.)

Christine Green Leafy Dragon Indigo, Monday, 21 November 2022 19:33 (five days ago) link

Nobody cards me cos I look like I died already

Same, no one cards the undead

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Monday, 21 November 2022 19:40 (five days ago) link

8 years in Quebec and have never once been carded for alcohol—I'm not sure how other provinces are.

Sort of like YMP's post but fancier, the funniest thing in the US is getting carded buying a single nice bottle of port for my dad or splurging on a pricey bottle of scotch or whatever

rob, Monday, 21 November 2022 20:22 (five days ago) link

Catherine Irwin (of Freakwater) had some great between-song banter about getting carded in middle-age; she was like "If I look like this and I'm under 21, then you should just GIVE me the alcohol".
I was hosting two British musicians once (in their 60s/70s) in the U.S. and they got carded during dinner, and one said that was the first time he had been carded IN HIS ENTIRE LIFE.

ernestp, Monday, 21 November 2022 20:30 (five days ago) link

I've worked the door at a friend's bar as backup, and generally card everyone that comes in. Once in awhile, I'll get the exasperated 50-something: "Really? Really? You really want to see my ID?" And in the back of my mind, I'm like "Don't flatter yourself, pops - just show me the ID."

It's really just a legal thing - should the bar get raided (unlikely), they get fined for anybody without one.

Andy the Grasshopper, Monday, 21 November 2022 20:31 (five days ago) link

not carding everyone is communist iirc

ꙮ (map), Monday, 21 November 2022 20:34 (five days ago) link

drinking age should be 8 IMO

Fash Gordon (Neanderthal), Monday, 21 November 2022 20:39 (five days ago) link

UK drinking age is 5. at 16 you can drink with a meal and an adult, and 18 you can buy your own but actually drinking it is 5.

https://www.gov.uk/alcohol-young-people-law

koogs, Monday, 21 November 2022 20:45 (five days ago) link

I learned about the age 16 part from the In-Betweeners

Fash Gordon (Neanderthal), Monday, 21 November 2022 20:46 (five days ago) link

UK drinking age is 5. at 16 you can drink with a meal and an adult, and 18 you can buy your own but actually drinking it is 5.

Yes, this is why I did Jaeger shots with my 5-year-old son. Gotta get him acclimated before kindergarten.

ooh I wanna take ya to Topeka (Ye Mad Puffin), Monday, 21 November 2022 20:52 (five days ago) link

at least give him Jamesson

Fash Gordon (Neanderthal), Monday, 21 November 2022 20:52 (five days ago) link

US drinking age is for possession, not consumption.

Christine Green Leafy Dragon Indigo, Monday, 21 November 2022 20:57 (five days ago) link

Germany has children's low alcohol beers I believe

Andy the Grasshopper, Monday, 21 November 2022 21:12 (five days ago) link

we're really get off topic here btw

Andy the Grasshopper, Monday, 21 November 2022 21:12 (five days ago) link

*getting*

Andy the Grasshopper, Monday, 21 November 2022 21:12 (five days ago) link

ok then. supermarkets have stopped putting use-by dates on tomatoes. "to reduce waste". but what has happened is that *i* am throwing them away as unusable rather than the supermarkets (and they are a lot more expensive to me than to them)

koogs, Monday, 21 November 2022 21:19 (five days ago) link

(not sure that counts as technological but...)

koogs, Monday, 21 November 2022 21:20 (five days ago) link

fresh tomatoes?

rob, Monday, 21 November 2022 21:38 (five days ago) link

Why are you buying tomatoes and then not eating them?

lord of the rongs (anagram), Monday, 21 November 2022 22:17 (five days ago) link

yeah. cherry tomatoes. takes me 5 days to eat them. and I've no idea how long they've been on the shelf now.

koogs, Monday, 21 November 2022 22:17 (five days ago) link

I'm not eating them because they are sometimes mush by the time i get to them

koogs, Monday, 21 November 2022 22:18 (five days ago) link

xps Samsung Sound Assistant, and I'm guessing similar, has an option for allowing any apps to play sounds at the same time (and control the volume for each, like you would on a computer pretty much). Might be sort of a backwards step mess on its own, but I prefer it to interruptions.

― maf you one two (maffew12), Wednesday, 2 November 2022 16:17 (two weeks ago) bookmarkflaglink

Except it doesn't work on newer Samsungs? Would love an app that could do this again. Truly a backwards step on a backwards step.

Bellend Sebastian (S-), Tuesday, 22 November 2022 07:42 (four days ago) link

A common failing of the newer Sanyos

Hans Holbein (Chinchilla Volapük), Tuesday, 22 November 2022 08:04 (four days ago) link


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