Never plug in a flash drive you don’t recognize to a computer you care about. Malicious USB devices can hack or fry your computer.
There exist devices that look like flash drives, but actually emulate keyboards to hack your computer, or use capacitors to fry your computer.
Do not plug in a flash drive you do not recognize into a computer you care about! Also, if you lose your flash drive for awhile, it might have been converted to a malicious USB.
The flash drives that emulate keyboards (known as “Bad USB” or “Rubbery Ducky”) come with scripts that covertly open command prompts on your computer and execute scripts. These can cost less than $5, repurposing an original flash drive.
Flash drives that fry your computer are known as “USB killers”. They use capacitors to charge up from the USB port, and then send the power back to “tase” your computer.
If you find a USB device laying around at a place of business or work, give it to your boss or sysadmin. Unknown flash drives should be investigated on an expendable computer (such as a Raspberry Pi) in a non-networked environment. More advanced Bad USBs can come with a SIM card and cell modem built in, giving it the ability to “phone home” even on a non-networked computer.
If you look ugly in photos it doesn’t mean you are ugly in real life
A lot of people look good in real life but their pictures come out bad (and vice versa). The reason is that you’re just not photogenic, it happens to a lot of people. In converting a 3d image like a person into a 2d image like a photo, some features are lost. We see in 3D because we have two eyes, and a camera has one eye that can only see in 2D so it doesn’t get your facial features correct Sometimes the camera literally flips the photo, like a mirror. If you look beautiful in the mirror you’re most likely very beautiful.
Cameras distort reality. Usually in subtle ways, but people who take lots of portrait shots will tell you that posture can make a world of difference, not because it changes the way you look in person, but because it strongly affects the way you show up on camera. I think some people instinctively have good camera posture and it does a lot for them. I’m even aware of extreme cases of people who look good in pictures even through they’re not particularly attractive.
So don’t get depressed about your looks just because you don’t look good enough in photos. Don’t be too critical of yourself, a camera never capture your beauty but other people will!
If you are at the beach and are being pulled by a current into deeper water, swim parallel to the beach to the right or left, toward the white caps of the breaking waves to free yourself from the riptide.
If you are caught by a rip current you could exhaust yourself fighting the current and trying to swim directly back to shore. Instead, swim parallel to the beach until you are released by the current.
If you see an area of calm between waves, do not enter the water at this spot as the space without white caps indicates a dangerous riptide and you may not be able to escape being pulled into deeper water.
If you are caught by a rip current and can’t swim to the side stay afloat and signal for help. Let the rip take you out the back until it stops. Then you’ll be able to swim back to the beach an alternative way.
Flushable wipes are NOT good/safe for your plumbing system. It is 100% a lie
Turns out there’s actually no regulation on claims on package such as “Flushable Wipes”
Anything except turds, moderate TP or severely eviscerated food waste via garburator… should NOT be flushed down any drains.
Even if it doesn’t clog your drains it makes it’s way to the water treatment plant and can often clog and impede their pipes and equipment.
Put little trashcans with secure lids with a bag under the sink or some out of the way location and change it often. Or just get a bidet. Give your brown eyed monster the proper bath it needs.
Always have a mechanic YOU trust inspect a used car before buying, even if buying a “fully certified” car from a dealer. A professional inspection will provide an important extra level of insurance that you’re not buying a pack of trouble.
Problems that can be spotted by a complete professional inspection, which includes putting the car up on a lift, include: frame damage, damage to wires or insulation caused by animals, poor previous repair work, flood or fire damage, hidden rust, fluid leaks, burned-out bulbs, nonfunctioning accessories, suspicious odours and overdue maintenance procedures.
Images, videos, and documents may embed metadata with private informations. Remove them before sending to protect your privacy.
These private informations may include GPS coordinates, device ID, account ID, time created, program used, and more. They’re handy for personal use, but probably aren’t desirable for when you need to send the file to someone else. Most messenger apps strips image and video metadata automatically. Sending the raw file such as attached email will not remove the metadata out of the file.
ExifTool is an open-source utility program you can use to edit the metadata of various kind of files.
If you suffer from constant, unwanted thoughts about doing something violent, you are not a monster. You most likely have a form of OCD.
A lot of people think OCD is about being a neat freak. It can manifest itself this way in some people, but that’s not usually the case. Intrusive thoughts are a symptom as well. In fact, there are people who only have intrusive thoughts and don’t engage in visible compulsions. We call this “Pure O.” It can be extremely distressing for people who suffer from it.
There are folks with OCD who are terrified that they might be psychopaths or become serial killers. There are people with OCD who become obsessed with self harm and suicide when they are not actually suicidal. Body focused obsessions include hyper awareness of your own bodily functions. Religious themed intrusive thoughts include people who are obsessed with the idea that they’re definitely going to hell (this one is pretty complex and can entail a wide array of obsessions). This stuff is just the tip of the iceberg.
It can even attack your sexuality. There are people with OCD who have intrusive thoughts about being transgender or being a homosexual when they really are not. On the much darker side, there are people with OCD who become convinced that they are zoophiles or pedophiles, but they are not. For many, this is the most devastating form of OCD, and it often leads people to attempt suicide or mutilate their own genitals.
And even with all these examples, there are so many more types out there. It really can be anything guys. So if this is you, just know that you’re not alone and that therapy can help you tremendously.
The tip “just be yourself” isn’t supposed to win over all your dream girls or guys, it’s meant to find you the person that loves you for you, and not the fake personality you think you have to be to win them over.
That, and leaning into your natural personality traits often makes you the happiest, most vibrant version of yourself. THAT’S attractive.
If you’re a first time home buyer, take the Fannie Mae Homeview course FIRST before doing anything else
I’m going through the home buying process for the first time and as a requirement my lender said I had to take this course with Fannie Mae. Problem is, I’m at the END of the home buying process. Wish I had access to this months ago when I was even just thinking about purchasing. It breaks EVERY STEP down in a simple easy to understand way and it’s totally free. It starts all the way at the beginning with saving for a down payment, pre-qualifying, choosing a realtor — literally any question you might have, it answers.