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1execle 6 hours ago
cue "fancy" French music and a picture of a cheap mp3 player

I've started using a $10 mp3 player for music instead of my phone. Once I found out how to boost the base by one point in the settings it sounds better than my phone which I didn't expect. I would say my phone has the same base level naturally so turning it up makes it more comparable.
One thing I notice is that it is quiet when idle, while my phone emits a faint buzzing into the headphones due to some type of interference.
I like that it is 1.5 by 4 inches and actually fits in my hand comfortably, is far less easy to break than my phone, and if it did break it, they hey -- it's $10. I haven't set it down face down accidentally and had the touchscreen get touched by whatever surface I sat it on, changing the song I'm listening to into who knows what or going down some random menu. I'm also starting to enjoy the fact that I don't have to look at the screen to feel the buttons. The battery also seems to last longer.

I don't have a music player on my phone taking any of my precious 2G of phone RAM. Every low RAM music player I tried I didn't really like and I cancelled Spotify because it was using a lot of my phone battery and locking up all the time (and I would rather start buying music directly with the money I would otherwise be paying Spotify, but app performance was one of the other contributing reasons to why I canceled).

I tend to carry around my phone a lot when I listen to music and the past few days it has been just so nice to have something that actually fits in my hand and won't likely break if I drop it. I feel like I have been getting way too much hand and wrist pain from typing but also from carrying a phone around that is too big for my hand. I remember changing from my favorite purse just because my phablet of a phone (now known as a normal phone) would not physically fit.

I've never used an mp3 player in my life before. I initially purchased a few of these cheap ones so my younger siblings could listen to audiobooks without borrowing my mom's old phone so they wouldn't get into YouTube instead. I had an extra one in my desk that I pulled out a few days ago, and I don't think I'm just being a hipster or anything like that. I've never had any warm fuzzy feelings about mp3 players from either personal or deferred nostalgia and I genuinely enjoy using it.

I've been really putting off getting a new phone as mine slowly dies because I hate all the new phones. I just want a modern version of an LG Optimus L9 but with a better build. I suppose I'll never get my low bloat Android 4.2 back though.

This experience has given me an idea. I can now picture myself carrying around a digital camera, a small tablet, a flip phone, and an mp3 player in my bag one day. Maybe for the tablet I'll get some kind of android ereader. Being able to run phone apps is a good and kind of expected thing these days. The other things are rather cheap, and all of this together is cheaper than a flagship phone while potentially being better at every single job while also giving me a better ability to manage distraction. I will have more to keep up with but I'm not especially prone to loosing things these days.

Btw, the mp3 player is a "Mahdi m220", and I'm really surprised by how solid it is. One thing I don't like is that the music doesn't stop when you pull out the headphones, and it's obviously got no Bluetooth support or anything like that for $10 but wow it is sturdy and shiny.
...and it has tetris
60.:A-MAN:.
7 hours ago
Man, none of the other pc parts I need are on good sales right now :/
59umer936
9 hours ago
I feel the posts on here have been too serious lately haha

59umer936
9 hours ago
Bitcoin is kind of an example of "live long enough to see yourself become the villain" lol

Part of it is that it's an anonymized currency separate from big banks.
However, there are a handful of "brokers" people buy them from, including large companies like PayPal.
In essence, those large "coin brokerages" have become "big banks" that are absolutely tracking your currency use.

Heck and as the blockchain size continues to increase, it'll funnel more of the demand to the "coin brokerages"
37BlueLake2 11 hours ago
boy I sure am bad at stocks
31CJ101
22 hours ago
GME chart is absolutely insane. It really does completely defy technical analysis, so there's really no point in trying.
60.:A-MAN:.
1 day ago
Man, the GME chart is wild. Got my metaphorical popcorn here.
60.:A-MAN:.
2 days ago
GPU prices make me sad, RAM prices make me sad, SSD prices make me sad, and Mobo prices make me sad.

(CPU prices used to make me sad till I found that one at MSRP which is just mildly disappointing that I'm happy to pay full price for one.)
37BlueLake2 2 days ago
I was making smores ice cream today and the recipe said to put some marshmallows under the broiler for a bit. I had my first oven fire.

7DracoAureus 2 days ago
finally being as old as i lied to be when i was 12 is not as exciting as i thought it would be lol
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