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#41 Vol


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Posted 14 April 2020 - 09:01 AM

I was at a meeting in a restaurant at 7:00 am one morning. There was about 8 of us and we were opinionating one at a time going around the table. When it came my turn to voice, the guy across the table answered his phone and started talking. I did not say a word just burned a dang hole through him with my stare. It was total silence around the table except him....and soon he got the message. Everyone else was staring at him too. He put his phone up and that was that. Not only is it ignorant to place others aside while you converse, it is just plain rude.


I never could tolerate rude behavior......Woodrow F. Call.


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Posted 14 April 2020 - 09:50 AM

I never could tolerate rude behavior......Woodrow F. Call.
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Posted 14 April 2020 - 03:06 PM

I never wanted a smart phone. I figured why do i need internet when I wouldn't have time during the day to look at it anyway. Well 2 or 3 years ago I got tired of my flip phone. It seemed if someone would send me a picture of a nice buck or something, alot of times it wouldn't load on my phone so I figured it was time to upgrade. I wanted a tough phone that I wouldn't need a case for. Checked around online and decided to try a Cat phone as its drop proof, water proof, dust proof, and just tough. It might not have the latest and greatest features, camera isn't as good as newer more expensive phones, but it works just fine for me. Its tough, I've dropped it in cow shit, rinsed it off with water and still works, I've lost it on a gravel road twice by setting it on the edge of my pickup box, telling myself not to forget it, then forgetting it and driving away. First time it happened I drove down the road till I found it, second time a neighbor found it after he drove over it, then called my Dads phone to find out whose it was. He couldn't believe and neither could I that he run over it and it still works with hardly a scratch on it. I joke you could drive a staple with it, its that tough. Cat also has another model that has an infared camera on it, I was to cheap to buy that one but now I wish I had. I figure that infared camera might be handy to check bearings.


I never thought I'd need much more on a phone than a calculator, notepad, and sometimes a camera. Well since getting a smart phone I use the internet quite a bit throughout the day to check weather, markets, and love youtube to trouble shoot things if I'm stumped, look up parts and lots of other information. One of the first apps I downloaded was a bubble level. I was installing a solar powered well and needed to mount the panels at a certain degree angle. I was in the middle of nowhere and didn't have anything with so got to checking and found a level app to download. downloaded it out in the middle of a pasture and used that to set my angle. My Dad gives me crap all the time how often I look things up or use my smart phone as I always said I didn't need one. I tell him he needs one because he is always asking me to look things up for him. 

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#44 r82230


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Posted 14 April 2020 - 03:49 PM

Dawg, I think you hit most of the points not using/answering pretty good (along with rising of an old thread).


Mike, too bad you didn't have a video, to upload to U-tube, oh wait you could have possibly been doing the same thing. :D  That's alright, I painted my own mental picture, like in the 'olden' days. ;)


There is one thing that find my 'smart' phone better for than the old flip phone. It works better as a paperweight in the wind.  Between the weight of the phone and not as slippery seems to the ticket. :cool:



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#45 IH 1586

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Posted 15 April 2020 - 04:31 AM

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#46 CowboyRam


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Posted 15 April 2020 - 07:58 PM

I always buy a phone that meets military specs.  I found the map function comes in handy when traveling.  

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Posted 19 April 2020 - 11:50 AM

I'm on my second Samsung in their "Active" line and it seems pretty tough. I had an S4 Active and now and S8 Active that I've had since they were introduced.


For practical purposes I use the internet to trouble shoot problems without having to go back to the house, the calculator and notepad get used a lot for their respective functions, and I keep ballistic software on it. I use a hunting app that lets me mark game trails and rubs when out and about in the woods as well. I  like being able to stream podcasts and audio books while driving. Be it in the truck, van, or one of the tractors whatever I'm listening to is always available.


I don't use the maps much but when they're needed they're really handy.

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Posted 19 April 2020 - 03:51 PM

I watch my sons games on it live on the NEC network.  :)
I used the Lightning app with warning function when coaching. 

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Posted 19 April 2020 - 07:31 PM

Okay, how old is toooooo old to answer...lol what apple had maybe one or two upgrades..? 

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Posted 04 January 2021 - 09:48 PM

Like many of the folks here, I didn't want a smart phone, but was forced to get one after my number was hacked (I had to switch to 4G).  I also am was very hard on phones.  I broke/ruined many of the military grade flip phones.  I ended up with a Kyocera Duraforce Pro 2, on the Verizon network (Verizon has the best service in this area).  I have had it over 2 years and have not been able to scratch the screen yet.  I keep it on a belt clip.  There are things that I don't like about it (small icons/buttons on the touch screen, and I have fat fingers) but it is durable and water resistant.  Also, not many other people have them so the learning curve is a little steep at first.


The longer that I have it the more apps that I use (that I am smart enough to use (still can't get Google field area's maps to work right)).  But weather maps are a BIG plus.  As well as my local news feeds, notes, compass, speedometer, calculator, appointment calendar and it has a decent camera that I use a lot to ID parts and use as a reference dis-assembling and re-assembling.  I am still adding apps. 


The best thing, so far is I got a set of wireless ear buds last year, so now I can hear the phone when running equipment or I can work and listen to my wife complain at the same time.  Better yet, I can stream news or music or listen to my XM radio, all while working, driving etc..  All hands free.  For me this is very handy!

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#51 Trillium Farm

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Posted 10 January 2021 - 11:14 AM

I have a smart phone for a dumb person! I've only got it (iPhone) because it can sync with my other Mac products so I have the calendar contacts etc. I absolutely do not use it for app, too small a screen and for those I use an iPad. I had a clam-shell one that worked fine, but could not sync with my other Mac units, if it could have I'd still have it. :D

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#52 JD3430


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Posted 11 January 2021 - 06:45 AM

One feature I just used was deleting my Twitter account  :)

Never really used it, but following Trump yielded a few chuckles.

Man I will miss him. Showed those life long politicians what chumps they are.

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