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.

I’m not growing up, I’m just burning out

I really hate computers.

That would be a lie in normal circumstances, but in relation to working on computers, it’s an absolute truth.

I also hate doing two people’s jobs while still only being paid one hourly wage. It’s like being double-raped because I know enough to be able to do it. It’s like some macabre way of being repaid for paying attention and being good at what I do.

So, here I sit, burning DVDs at the last possible second because a faculty member needs this done for something dubiously related to work. Yeah, great.

Why am I doing it? Well, I suppose because our “A.V. Guy” isn’t in and because of some perverse sense of duty because I know how to do it and that I can do it well enough.

At least I have my mac. I never really though I’d say it, but I’m so glad to have my computer back with all the applications that I actually love to work in. That’s a scary thought. That I could actually enjoy working because of an application and the way it presents the workflow.

Laptop is Back

My laptop just got delivered to the Apple Store near here. Apparently it’s had it’s logic board replaced.

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Hopefully this means the 1 GB of RAM installed will show up now

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It’s back! and it’s got 1 GB of DDR3 RAM