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OneEyedMonster remindes us about the crap you can buy in pound shops: "Batteries that lasted about an hour and then died. A screwdriver with a loose handle so I couldn't turn the damn screw, and a tape measure which wasn't at all accurate."

Similarly, my neighbour bought a lawnmower from Argos that was so cheap the wheels didn't go round, it sort of skidded over the grass whilst gently back-combing it.

What's the cheapest, most useless crap you've bought?

(, Fri 4 Jan 2008, 7:26)
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I don't know if it was cheap, but it's certainly useless crap...
The predictive text system that Motorola use on their phones.

Guys, seriously: pay the license fee or whatever and start using T9!
(, Wed 9 Jan 2008, 10:53, 17 replies)
If you try to type 'Hurray!' into a Sony Ericsson phone...
...it comes up with 'Huspaz!', which is a great word and one that I think we should all endeavour to use as frequently as possible.
(, Wed 9 Jan 2008, 11:18, closed)
I'll make a note to try that on my shiny new Sony Ericsson...
...once I get out of this contract and ditch my fucking world's-most-annoying-Motorola =)
(, Wed 9 Jan 2008, 11:21, closed)
I have an ericsson....have just sent the message 'Huspaz!' to various people.

(, Wed 9 Jan 2008, 11:26, closed)
Today b3ta.com...
Tomorrow, the OED. It's all part of my cunning plan!
(, Wed 9 Jan 2008, 11:27, closed)
Speaking of predictive text...
Has anyone noticed that if you type in "Fuck" with predictive text, it comes up as "Dual"?

Hurray came up as "Hurrcy" and Hooray came up as "Innscry" on my Nokia N95, for the record.

Mind you, you can teach T9 your own words, and abbreviations. So mine is chock full of profanity :-)
(, Wed 9 Jan 2008, 11:57, closed)
My mate's name
'Keiron' came up on my old Nokia as 'Legsmo' which somehow I prefer. Sounds like a Voodoo spirit or something, I 've always thought.

But then I'm obsessed with all things Voodoo so perhaps that's just me.

As you were.
(, Wed 9 Jan 2008, 12:22, closed)
When I try to write 'bastard' it handily comes up 'casuase'. The funny thing is, if you cycle through it actually does have bastard in it's dictionary. Oh, and Nokia's predictive text led to a friend of a friend with the surname 'Comerford' being called 'Bonesense' to this day, and indeed the rest of his life.
(, Wed 9 Jan 2008, 12:50, closed)
My stupid Motorola struggles with the word "worry"
It's fine, unless I put a full stop after it - then it changes from "worry." to "wopsw0"

(, Wed 9 Jan 2008, 13:29, closed)
samsung t9..
mine changes 'pint' to 'riot' to 'shot' - which can lead to interesting exchanges about the pub...
(, Wed 9 Jan 2008, 13:36, closed)
I agree completely...
it's ducking anonying sometimer
(, Wed 9 Jan 2008, 13:53, closed)
Don't wopsw0
...be huspaz!
(, Wed 9 Jan 2008, 13:53, closed)
My mate
is called "Peem" but when i put that into predictive text, it comes up "Pedo".

I now call him Pedo.

Thank you.
(, Wed 9 Jan 2008, 13:54, closed)
why does my phone happily
spell the word raped, but not fuck, cunt, shit, bollocks, swindon and other obscenities?

i mean, how many times have you used the word raped in a text message?
(, Wed 9 Jan 2008, 13:58, closed)
as well as the pint riot shot one, nokias predictive text has anal and cock. he he
(, Wed 9 Jan 2008, 15:06, closed)
My Samsung predictive text system
is horrible. Generally the words it comes up with are no worse than most but it does idiotic things like changing the position of punctuation and is utterly user unfriendly - you need to go through half a dozen modes just to find a £ symbol or a bracket.
(, Wed 9 Jan 2008, 15:59, closed)
*bursts into song*
Dooooo do do dododododododo!

Don't wopsw0


...be huspaz!

Do do do do dooooo!

Don't wopsw0
be huspaz!


(, Wed 9 Jan 2008, 21:12, closed)
New phone
My old £20 phone (some shady make) started to go a bit dodgy (after 6 years) so last week I forked out another £20 for a tasty new samsung one, now I'm annoyed.

I gradually taught my old phone all the various profanities, dialect and insulting words I know. A sort-of on-the-job training, if you will. Now my new one doesn't know how to say anything good and randomly decides to capitalise the first letter of a new word, whether I like it or not.

I swear, it's like losing a trusted and faithful apprentice and gaining a fresh new spotty school-leaver.
(, Thu 10 Jan 2008, 9:33, closed)

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