100-Year-Old Life Hacks That Are Surprisingly Useful Today

People don’t often look back on the early 1900’s for advice, but what if we could actually learn something from the Lost Generation? The New York Public Library has digitized 100 “how to do it” cards found in cigarette boxes over 100 years ago, and the tips they give are so practical that millennials reading this might want to take notes.

Back in the day, cigarette cards were popular collectibles included in every pack, and displayed photos of celebrities, advertisements, and more. Gallaher cigarettes, a UK-founded tobacco company that was once the largest in the world, decided to print a series of helpful how-to’s on their cards, which ranged from mundane tasks (boiling potatoes) to unlikely scenarios (stopping a runaway horse). Most of them are insanely clever, though, like how to make a fire extinguisher at home. Who even knew you could do that?

The entire set of life hacks is now part of the NYPL’s George Arents Collection. Check out some of the cleverest ones we could find below. You never know when you’ll have to clean real lace!






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If you use Verizon, change your pin. Right. Now.

  • Verizon subscribers be warned: a security risk has left millions of customer records exposed. While Verizon says no damage has been done, you may want to change your pin. Just in case.
  • UpGuard, a cybersecurity firm, discovered an unsecured data storage system set up by a third-party Verizon contractor, ZDNet reported.
  • According to UpGuard’s cyber risk team, a “misconfigured cloud-based file repository” owned by Israel-based NICE Systems made a wealth of customer data accessible to the public. N
  • ICE Systems is a telephonic software and data company that provides Verizon, the nation’s largest wireless carrier, with back-office and call center operations. Read more (7/13/17 1:50 PM)

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Hackers have been targeting US nuclear power facilities since May, according to new report

  • A joint report from the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI reveals hackers have attempted to breach multiple United States nuclear power plants.
  • According to the New York Times, the hacking operation has been underway since May, and carries an “urgent amber warning.”
  • The motivation for the hacking efforts — be it espionage or terrorism — remains unclear, and the Times reported officials are still unsure whether hackers were ultimately able to penetrate facilities’ operating systems.
  • The hacks largely targeting individuals working at the nuclear power facilities via emails containing fake resumes coded with malware.
  • While the Times doesn’t name any suspects, Bloomberg reported that “three people familiar with the continuing effort to eject the hackers from the computer networks” said Russia is the chief suspect. Read more (7/7/17)

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Recently, the new season of Orange Is The New Black was stolen off the computers of a post-production company a month before its official release and thrown onto torrent sites in low-quality files. People who can’t afford Netflix’s $12 monthly fee were delighted, as they now weren’t forced to choose between feeding their children or giving up easy access to all 28 seasons of Frasier.

The hackers went by the name TheDarkOverlord. If you read that and thought “Dorks,” shame on you for stereotyping people based on an ultimately meaningless internet username. We all have a DeviantArt account that we regret. But if you still think that after reading literally anything TheDarkOverlord has written online, then that’s totally fine.

Every word TheDarkOverlord has made public is drenched with the arrogance and theatricality of a wannabe Batman villain. They’re trying so hard to be the grandiose antagonist that you can almost see their fedoras, scraggly pube-like facial hairs, and anime body pillows poking through their sentences.

Let’s go through some of their B-villain monologuing, starting with the dorkier parts of the statement TheDarkOverlord released after Netflix refused to comply with their ransom demands. And yes, TheDarkOverlord tried to hold episodes of a streaming TV show for ransom, as if Orange Is The New Black was Netflix’s kidnapped child who would be slowly lowered into a tank of sharks unless Netflix revealed its secret identity. I don’t know much about ransom schemes, but neither does TheDarkOverlord, from the sound of it.

How Dumb Do You Have To Be To Try And Hold Netflix Ransom?

PSA: Wannacry

I have yet to see anything to do with Wannacry on my dash, while it is mainly affecting companies, people do need to be careful! Back up important info, be careful its causing a lot of trouble. I’d hate to see someone’s final essay going missing especially since paying the £300 does not guarantee that your stuff will be returned. 

Its affecting the whole world as the above image shows. Be careful out there, worms like this are no fun.

Tweet image by @malwaretechblog

Apologies for the prolonged absence/unannounced semi-hiatus. I haven’t actually sat down and played Animal Crossing for quite some time, but I’m just now slowly getting back into the swing of things again and *finally* updating all my un-updated towns (and loving Luma’s built-in game patching/LayeredFS). Hopefully I’ll be back to posting at least semi-consistently again soon.

First stop: Hyrule! I don’t think I’ve ever debuted my LTTP Kakariko village paths here before (among others), so here’s a little shot I took:

And I saw these two silly guys palling around together. A Deku Scrub and a Goron coming together in friendship, who’d-a thunk it!

Alas, NPCs/special characters are no longer able to be swapped out with normal villagers in Welcome Amiibo from the looks of things, so I had to bid farewell to SkullKid - RIP!