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bjdeming

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Came across these words of Mr. Lewis recently and enjoyed this truth few dare to speak since the old unpleasant "God is dead" days of falsehood.

There is something similar in Buddhism, but nobody here cares about that -- here, it is beautifully described by a Christian:

"Are you a scoundrel?"
 

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Today I found out the hard way that getting your foot crushed by a heavy object doesn't feel very nice... on the bright side, my right pinky toe was the only casualty.
 

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Last month there was a bit of a debacle involving my iPhone 13, so here's the story: The screen cracked severely enough to where it started bleeding through and became unresponsive, so we took the phone to Verizon and they told us to go through Asurion. Trying to file a claim with Asurion went nowhere because we naturally couldn't get their [expletive] site to work. Ended up just taking it to a repair shop at the local mall, they replaced the screen for $135 and even included a warranty for it. Everything seemed to be going smoothly - but literally a week later, the new screen stopped working and would only display vertical white lines. Took it back to the same shop only to be told the warranty only covers touch related problems and I'd have to fork out another $85 for them to replace it again. At the end of the day we went back to Verizon and they shipped me a replacement iPhone, and that was the end of that.

But in the middle of all this nonsense, I impulsively decided, "Hey, I never liked my iPhone anyway so why not get a flip phone to use in the meantime?" I ended up purchasing a Kyocera DuraXV Extreme - a phone I had been aware of for at least a year but didn't actually bite the bullet on until last month.

All I can say is, for an $80 flip phone it has really exceeded my expectations. Putting the phone in developer mode, it can do literally everything I use my iPhone for and more, only it costs 7 and a half times less and you get actual physical buttons that come in handy. Another reason I bought this specific phone is due to its ruggedness, which is pretty important due to the nature of my current job - so far it's endured two or three drops onto asphalt with no damage apart from a few scratches.

For $80 you obviously don't get a touchscreen, and because of this I will concede there is a bit of a learning curve with certain applications. Things like Spotify and wX that "just work" on a smartphone do take some time to get used to navigating with an on screen cursor, but I've found it to be very doable. The only major issue I've run into with the apps I use regularly is that wX occasionally crashes when using the four-panel (but never with the two-panel) radar viewer, likely due to the phone running out of memory. Of course, there's also the two-decade old complaint that typing out anything of length takes a long freakin' time... but hey, I had a Samsung flip phone in middle school so I'm no stranger to this. ;)

One thing I've found to be pretty neat is that the "My Boy" GBA emulator runs on the phone, and you can map the emulator/game controls to the phone's physical buttons, which already makes gaming a better experience than on a traditional touchscreen with no tactile feedback. I also got Magic DOSBox and the MS-DOS original DOOM working on the Kyocera, cause why not? (Though I will again concede that configuring the controls in DOOM was a monumental pain in the @ss... but worth it in the end! And no, I didn't type this unnecessarily long and rambly post on either of my phones...)
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