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    In this thread, post any random useful information that other people might not know. Like this:



    If you have a problem with a product, and aren't getting any help from support, or even worse if they have a never ending automated system, use wikipedia to find out the ceo, coo, cfo... names. Then get the email address of a customer service rep or anyone else in the company. Figure out what format the name is in, companies use the same format for everyone from an intern to the ceo. For example, if an apple care representative's name is Susan Smith and her email address is ssmith@apple.com, Tim Cook's (Apple's ceo) email address would be tcook@apple.com. If it's susan_smith@apple.com, Tim's is tim_cook@apple.com. Send the email to all the top executives and your problem will be fixed very quickly. In huge company's like Apple, you will likely be talking to an assistant, not the executives directly, but it will still work. If an order to assist a customer comes from someone that high up, you become top priority for whoever ends up helping you. I did this when Apple refused to replace my motherboard because on of their tech's spills something on it.
     
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    In a lot of survival shows, they use a lot of repelling, but never show how to do it. Perhaps so that people don't try it, but it's a useful thing to know. I've used this technique many times:

    Preparation

    Most important is to make sure that your rope is strong enough, 550 paracord is strong enough, but use the strongest that you have. You also want it to be fairly thick, since you will basically be sitting on one strand of it. You also need at least twice the length of rope as the height of your repel, but four times the length makes it much easier.

    The anchor
    First thing is to find a good anchor. A tree or a rock will be perfect. Tie a small piece of rope around your anchor to make a loop. Make sure it will not slip, you aren't going to be able to retrieve this rope, so you can make self tightening knots to do it.

    If there are no trees or rocks that you can wrap something around, another possibility is a knot anchor, where you take a loop of rope, tie a huge thick knot of any kind in the loose ends of it, and wedge it between two rocks. I've used this technique when more than one repel is required to get down a cliff, as there are rarely trees growing on cliffs, but plenty of cracks.

    The harness
    Tie a bowline on bight in the end of your rope. Make sure that the two loops are the size of your leg, since you will be stepping into them. Make sure that the bowline is tied correctly, an improperly tide bowline will turn into a slipknot and constrict your legs, a properly tied one will never tighten no matter how much strain is on it.

    If you have 4 times the length of rope that you need, tied a second small bowline just above your harness, if you are worried about the strength of the rope, tie a quadruple bowline using the hanging end from the first one. This second small loop needs to only be able an inch across, because it is just a relay point.

    The relay(s)
    Take the free end of your rope and put it through the anchor loop. If you didn't have enough rope for 4 lengths, this is your only relay point. Wrap the line around your shoulders and hold on with both hands. You will be repelling while holding your entire weight.

    If you had enough rope, loop the rope through the small relay loop on your harness, then back to the anchor, then back to you. This gives you a 3:1 pulley system, making decent and, if necessary, re-ascent easier. Same as before, wrap it around you, and hold on with both hands.

    The repel
    With the rope wrapped around you and your legs through the harness, slowly walk over the edge. Try to keep yourself perpendicular to the cliff with your feet on it. If you come to an overhang, only then will you actually sit on the harness. Slowly let the rope out, if you have four lengths, releasing a foot of rope makes you descend 4 inches, if you didn't do the double-relay, one foot equals one foot.

    Once at the bottom, leave the rope if you plan to re-ascend, otherwise, pull it through to retrieve it.
     
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    If you need to buy an airline ticket, do it in incognito mode. Airlines' websites are programmed to charge up to several hundred dollars more if you visit their website more than once.
     
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    key phrase for home defense

    BANG BANG BANG
    "Get out of my house or I'll shoot!"
     
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    YouTube "life hacks" there are many and interesting simple tricks of some amazing things you can do with everyday objects.