For “Slowy”: An iPhone 4S Eulogy

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In the wake of my phone’s recent passing, I thought it would be appropriate to share some words on its behalf. It’s never easy to lose a friend. Thank you for allowing me to grieve.

My iPhone 4S, you leave me now, but you are not forgotten. Maybe that video is for real and I’ll end up bending my 6 — then we can be reunited. For now, I want to remember you. I want to remember all of you: the young, vibrant phone you once were; the struggles you overcame; even the later months, when it got hard to take care of you. You were always there.

I recollect first bringing you home from the Sprint store. I downloaded Instagram, cause I thought I’d be into that. I took like twelve pictures and don’t remember my log-in.

Only weeks later we headed north to Green Bay to work for the summer...

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Annoyed with Social Media Users? Hide Their Constant Posts

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twitter-muteI use a lot of social media. It’s part of my job, and also it’s a distraction from work. Or whatever else I’m doing at the computer. But through these frequent checkings – whether for work or for play – I’m made aware of the constant poster. A company or person who shares way too much, way too often. And almost every single day, they blow up my timeline/newsfeed with each of their musings.

Until I prevent them from doing so.

Thanks to blocking features, available in Facebook, and Twitter’s mute, I can ignore all of this crap straight from the get-go. Without the other party having any inkling. Each platform makes it real easy too. Just click on a profile or hover over their photo, and you can click on necessary settings straight from the homepage...

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Black Friday is for Black Friday, Not Thanksgiving

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black friday sales shoppers standing in line for retail dealsRemember the olden days? When Thanksgiving was for, well, giving thanks? Where relatives travel for miles around in order to see those who are most important in their lives. Spending the day with family and friends, eating, playing cards, or whatever other types of traditions you save on this tasty Thursday.

It’s a tradition that’s been going on for centuries in order to celebrate our country’s origins.

But somewhere along the line, we started shopping the next morning. (Yes, I’m already getting emails.) Extremely early, where there’s plenty of sales were to be had. And it’s become a way to boost the Christmas shopping season just as soon as the previous holiday has come to a close...

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To Own a Phone

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You have a cell phone don’t you? Yeah, we all have phones. Twenty years ago that would have seemed insane. I remember the kid that had a cell phone at age 13. What a legend. Now, not only can we all call people from anywhere, but we can use the Internet too. The world rests at our blunt fingertips. Using maps, self-publishing, online banking — infinite possibilities. How inspiring.

Having a smart phone is incredible. Yes, you can do almost anything with a mobile device and a credit card. However, actually using the phone is pretty unspectacular. You stare into the box and poke and swipe with your extremities. That’s just what owning a phone is. It’s like sitting alone at a bus stop. It’s not, despite Sprint’s interpretation, like riding a surfboard while wearing a shirt and tie...

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My Cell Phone is Old, Get Over It

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“The app for my phone I want is phone.” Rodney Ruxin, The League

iphone 4s info sheet with photosMore than three years ago, I bought an iPhone. And it’s still the phone I use today. Because it’s not broken and still functions as a talking, app, and data-using device. Obviously.

It’s not like it was a conscious decision to keep ancient technology around. Especially as it began dying without reason and became incredibly unresponsive to button pushing. It all just happened so gradually that I didn’t notice. Like when you yourself get old. One day everything is super laggy and in need of a constant re-charge. Sure you wonder, “When did this even happen?” but then you just keep living life and dealing with the pressures of aging. By joining a local gerontology club. Or going to bed earlier.

At multiple points ...

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