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Things We Now Can't Live Without
« on: July 30, 2020, 02:29:54 PM »
What inventions do you use all the time that you can't imagine not having before they came into popular use, or how you coped without it?

Easy starter would be the mobile phone, but I'll also chuck in the rearview camera in the car.
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Re: Things We Now Can't Live Without
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2020, 02:33:15 PM »
Internet, mobile & some sort of computer/tablet are the 3 that immediately stand out which I remember a time where they didn't exist (or at least not in mass use) and now use daily.

Loads of other stuff which came into mass use before my time I'd probably struggle to live without, but never known a time where I haven't so won't include them.

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Re: Things We Now Can't Live Without
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2020, 05:41:06 PM »
Sneakers.

Believe it or not, I had my first sneakers 3 years ago when I was 30. I had lots of casual shoes but never a sneaker. And now I have 3 of them.

I bought my first Sketchers then. And they changed my life. A shoe that is as good to be worn to a bar on a Friday as it is to work during the week?

Edit: I am avoiding the cliched options when I said this. Phone, Internet, TV etc etc etc.

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Re: Things We Now Can't Live Without
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2020, 05:46:26 PM »
Synthetic Insulin, literally.

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Re: Things We Now Can't Live Without
« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2020, 05:48:54 PM »
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Re: Things We Now Can't Live Without
« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2020, 06:02:42 PM »
Think I could still live quite well without many of the things like phones, internet. If nobody else had them either, at least. It's more the advancements in medicine, or even stuff like less polluting cars, that I wouldn't want to do without now.
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Re: Things We Now Can't Live Without
« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2020, 06:35:13 PM »
Sneakers.

Believe it or not, I had my first sneakers 3 years ago when I was 30. I had lots of casual shoes but never a sneaker. And now I have 3 of them.

I bought my first Sketchers then. And they changed my life. A shoe that is as good to be worn to a bar on a Friday as it is to work during the week?

Edit: I am avoiding the cliched options when I said this. Phone, Internet, TV etc etc etc.

Where are you from? First trainers at 30, and they were Sketchers? I'm going to guess you are in Papua New Guinea.

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Re: Things We Now Can't Live Without
« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2020, 07:02:59 PM »
TV channels.  3 when I was growing up, now it's basically unlimited what with streaming channels.
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Re: Things We Now Can't Live Without
« Reply #8 on: July 30, 2020, 07:12:35 PM »
Where are you from? First trainers at 30, and they were Sketchers? I'm going to guess you are in Papua New Guinea.

India first. And then Germany since 2008. I had lots of casual shoes. Adidas, Nike, Puma of course. Then Dockers, Converse, Bata, Rovers, Bugatti, Tom Tailor, Tommy Hilfiger and other local brands and nameless brands.

But never a sneaker from any of these brands. No. I got my first ever sneakers 3 years ago when I was 30. Wholehearted truth.

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Re: Things We Now Can't Live Without
« Reply #9 on: July 30, 2020, 07:35:55 PM »
Rearview camera on a car??? Pretty sure I can carry on living without it 😂
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Re: Things We Now Can't Live Without
« Reply #10 on: July 30, 2020, 07:54:35 PM »
Rearview camera on a car??? Pretty sure I can carry on living without it 😂

Ive got a rear view mirror, its ace.

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Re: Things We Now Can't Live Without
« Reply #11 on: July 30, 2020, 07:56:59 PM »
Toilet paper...

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Re: Things We Now Can't Live Without
« Reply #12 on: July 30, 2020, 07:58:51 PM »
Toilet paper...

Having worked in SE Asia for large parts of my life, I can say its overrated.

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Re: Things We Now Can't Live Without
« Reply #13 on: July 30, 2020, 08:02:04 PM »
Having worked in SE Asia for large parts of my life, I can say its overrated.

I agree. Power faucets FTW.

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Re: Things We Now Can't Live Without
« Reply #14 on: July 30, 2020, 08:05:33 PM »
I agree. Power faucets FTW.

Mate Ive got no idea what that means  ;D but if its one of those arse washing jet sprays, the yeah they're great.  Also very satisfying  :odd

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Re: Things We Now Can't Live Without
« Reply #15 on: July 30, 2020, 08:19:03 PM »
India first. And then Germany since 2008. I had lots of casual shoes. Adidas, Nike, Puma of course. Then Dockers, Converse, Bata, Rovers, Bugatti, Tom Tailor, Tommy Hilfiger and other local brands and nameless brands.

But never a sneaker from any of these brands. No. I got my first ever sneakers 3 years ago when I was 30. Wholehearted truth.

I'm a bit confused here.  You've had Adidas, Nike and Puma but never sneakers

What the fuck are sneakers?

I thought they were the same as trainers, runners, pumps etc?

If they are then what have you been wearing from Adidas and Nike?

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Re: Things We Now Can't Live Without
« Reply #16 on: July 30, 2020, 08:21:44 PM »
I'm a bit confused here.  You've had Adidas, Nike and Puma but never sneakers

What the fuck are sneakers?

I thought they were the same as trainers, runners, pumps etc?

If they are then what have you been wearing from Adidas and Nike?

They’re for sneaking in. Obviously.

Training for for training. Runners for running. Pumps for pumping.

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Re: Things We Now Can't Live Without
« Reply #17 on: July 30, 2020, 08:22:09 PM »
The importing of quality European beers and wines.


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Re: Things We Now Can't Live Without
« Reply #18 on: July 30, 2020, 08:24:20 PM »
Ive got a rear view mirror, its ace.

Clearly not been a passenger when my Mum's driving  ::)
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Re: Things We Now Can't Live Without
« Reply #19 on: July 30, 2020, 08:24:35 PM »
The importing of quality European beers and wines.

& spirits.

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Re: Things We Now Can't Live Without
« Reply #20 on: July 30, 2020, 08:51:19 PM »
If they are then what have you been wearing from Adidas and Nike?

I only ever have bought shoes like this.







And my understanding of a sneaker is....



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Re: Things We Now Can't Live Without
« Reply #21 on: July 30, 2020, 08:55:26 PM »
Mate Ive got no idea what that means  ;D but if its one of those arse washing jet sprays, the yeah they're great.  Also very satisfying  :odd

Those power jets. Yes. Absolutely satisfying as I get to avoid this...




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Re: Things We Now Can't Live Without
« Reply #22 on: July 31, 2020, 12:26:23 PM »
GPS. I used to travel around for work in the mid-90s and having to ask the site I was visiting for directions in advance, and actually trying to follow those directions as I was driving was a pain in the arse!
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Re: Things We Now Can't Live Without
« Reply #23 on: July 31, 2020, 12:32:39 PM »
GPS. I used to travel around for work in the mid-90s and having to ask the site I was visiting for directions in advance, and actually trying to follow those directions as I was driving was a pain in the arse!

Mad. I remember visiting mates from uni who lived in Nottingham. I remember visiting mates in Nottingham and Leeds back in uni days with an address and a quick look at a road atlas and somehow found where they lived without any means of contacting them had I got lost en route.

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Re: Things We Now Can't Live Without
« Reply #24 on: July 31, 2020, 12:43:35 PM »
TV channels.  3 when I was growing up, now it's basically unlimited what with streaming channels.

Definitely this, i was still in primary school when C4 was launched, i can watch almost anything now without the need for a Video recorder/DVD player, through streaming & such, back then it was watch it or miss out, & hope it would be repeated if you did miss it.

 

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Re: Things We Now Can't Live Without
« Reply #25 on: July 31, 2020, 12:55:19 PM »
GPS. I used to travel around for work in the mid-90s and having to ask the site I was visiting for directions in advance, and actually trying to follow those directions as I was driving was a pain in the arse!

As good as they are, a lot of people rely on them so much they have no idea where they are. I used to be out on the road a lot and didnt need a map after a while but a few years back couple of lads at work were going to Wales, with only a map and when the passenger was looking for where to go, he said " we can go down this blue road" he was talking about the River Severn.

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Re: Things We Now Can't Live Without
« Reply #26 on: July 31, 2020, 12:58:29 PM »
Masks and hand sanitiser

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Re: Things We Now Can't Live Without
« Reply #27 on: July 31, 2020, 02:12:46 PM »
GPS. I used to travel around for work in the mid-90s and having to ask the site I was visiting for directions in advance, and actually trying to follow those directions as I was driving was a pain in the arse!

My Dad used to do a lot of site visits round the South and he had a crate full of those little, red A to Z books. Glovebox crammed full plus a few of the big AA atlases.

Now it's all built into the dashboard.
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Re: Things We Now Can't Live Without
« Reply #28 on: July 31, 2020, 08:16:30 PM »
GPS is a great shout.

For me it would probably be MP3s (when ignoring the more obvious stuff like phones etc.)

I remember back when I was 17 walking around with a fucking diskman in my pocket, absolute nightmare compared to the ease of having it all on one device and not having to pay £10 for every album.

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Re: Things We Now Can't Live Without
« Reply #29 on: July 31, 2020, 08:42:58 PM »
Wireless keyboards, mice and headphones. Because cables and wires can go f themselves.

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Re: Things We Now Can't Live Without
« Reply #30 on: July 31, 2020, 08:45:21 PM »
I only ever have bought shoes like this.







And my understanding of a sneaker is....




That is definitely not sneakers. I'd say the first one on the list is the most sneaker-ish!  The two Skechers' are more like sporty loafers.
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Re: Things We Now Can't Live Without
« Reply #31 on: July 31, 2020, 10:17:59 PM »
The importing of quality European beers and wines.

Fine wines and Belgian chocolates
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Re: Things We Now Can't Live Without
« Reply #32 on: July 31, 2020, 10:32:10 PM »
Netflix.

I didn't really watch TV much at all before. Now I'm in COVID-19 prison and when my signal dies I'm ready to commit murder to get Netflix back online.
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Re: Things We Now Can't Live Without
« Reply #33 on: August 1, 2020, 12:06:29 AM »
Interesting that no one in the thread so far has been brave enough to say porn.

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Re: Things We Now Can't Live Without
« Reply #34 on: August 1, 2020, 12:33:37 AM »
GPS is a great shout.

For me it would probably be MP3s (when ignoring the more obvious stuff like phones etc.)

I remember back when I was 17 walking around with a fucking diskman in my pocket, absolute nightmare compared to the ease of having it all on one device and not having to pay £10 for every album.

I listen to music through my mobile phone rather than an MP3, store the music on my sim card, yep i remember having the sony walkman cassette then switched to the CD player, having to rummage through CDs or tapes to find the music i wanted to listen to ecc, so easy to do now just a quick look through my mobiles, VLC player app.

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Re: Things We Now Can't Live Without
« Reply #35 on: August 1, 2020, 08:28:04 AM »
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Re: Things We Now Can't Live Without
« Reply #36 on: August 1, 2020, 05:03:34 PM »
Things I would find very difficult to lose now:

Dishwasher
Mobile
Netflix
Sat Nav
Internet

Life would be so much harder but that's because I'm 29 and have grown up with all of this stuff pretty much.

I do think mental health would probably be a lot better in the majority without some of that stuff.
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« Reply #37 on: August 1, 2020, 05:05:31 PM »
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Re: Things We Now Can't Live Without
« Reply #38 on: August 1, 2020, 05:11:17 PM »
TV channels.  3 when I was growing up, now it's basically unlimited what with streaming channels.
And all of them shite...

Second, or third the shout for GPS. Coming from AA maps and A-Zs of London and Manchester satnav is still magic to me.

The internet. I remember having to use libraries and older people in the community to find out shit. Now a quick search and there's a video for every subject under the sun

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Re: Things We Now Can't Live Without
« Reply #39 on: August 1, 2020, 05:12:26 PM »
Things I would find very difficult to lose now:

Dishwasher
Mobile
Netflix
Sat Nav
Internet

Life would be so much harder but that's because I'm 29 and have grown up with all of this stuff pretty much.

I do think mental health would probably be a lot better in the majority without some of that stuff.
Dishwasher ?  Really ??? Jesus, hot water, Fairy and a bowl, what an absolute ballache.