How to Make an Emergency Stove

So awesome!

Incredible ingenuity. Basically allows you to build a lightweight stove for next to nothing, available just about anywhere on the planet and one that you won’t cry over loosing, damaging or otherwise not having anymore.

I love these kinds of “life hacks”. Which is why I was so happy to find a whole subreddit of these things. I especially like travel ones, because travel is always such a pain when you want to carry what you need through airports and FSM-knows what else.

I think it might be time to build my own little group of life tips.

Nathan’s Computing Tips

  • Don’t like having to remember complicated passwords? Try making silly sentences related the login you are creating. E.g.: “Google me up a kipper!“. The punctuation helps keep the password complex, but is also easier for you to remember. You can also “mix” several words together to create one long string of gibberish that you can remember with just a mention of some random words.
    • Barring that, get a password manager. There are plenty to choose from. Ranging from the free and open source KeePass to the closed source, but very good 1Password. The big advantage to this is that you can let the system generate a strong password for you.
  • Want to let your friend use your computer? Look for a guest account feature. Windows and Mac have this feature built in, but disabled. Linux users… well, you know what to do.
  • Want to save power on your cellphone at work? Turn on Airplane mode, then re-enable wireless (if you have wireless). Just tell your friends to call you at work if they need to.
  • Rip DVDs to your computer for long trips. Saves power and reduces crap you have to carry.
  • Back up your data. No. Seriously, if you read this list and only learn one tip, learn this one. Even if you just go out and buy a cheap external drive. Do it. This is especially handy if you need to get out of your house during an emergency and can’t take your desktop/laptop/whatever. Grab the drive and go.
  • Need to use a scummy computer in a scummy place that you don’t trust? Download Tails (or any other Live Linux USB OS) to ensure that your communication online is from a trusted source. Though you can’t rule out hardware keyloggers.

Posted by Nathan

IT Support extraordinaire. FOSS lover and proud Husband and Father.