Here are 5 things you should know.
1. You can sharpen razor cartridges by rubbing them on a pair of jeans and get months out of one cartridge, if not more.
2. Many external WD hard drives integrate the USB-to-SATA logic onto the hard drive instead of using a separate board. If that circuit fails, extracting the data will cost as much as a used car, rather than $20 for a new enclosure that naturally comes with a standard USB-to-SATA bridge.
A fairly significant number of external drive failures are because the USB-to-SATA bridge failed, and not because the hard drive failed. With these proprietary WD units, you can’t just extract the data yourself or get a friend to do it like you would do with any standards-compliant HDD.
The evilness and beauty of this scheme are that most people won’t even see it coming until it’s too late. That’s why it’s for you to be an educated consumer and vote with your wallet.
3. The UPS store and UPS are two different things.
The UPS store just ships items for you. UPS delivers those items so when you get mad that your package wasn’t delivered don’t call the UPS store about it because there is nothing they can do for you except tell you to call UPS. Also, don’t get mad and start yelling at the UPS store employes about your package not being delivered: that is UPS fault.
4. Holland is not the name for the country, but for two provinces in the Netherlands.
5. Any credit fraud alerts setup after the Equifax breach will be expiring in the next few weeks.
Depending on when you set up your alert, the 90-day window will likely expire sometime in December, and if you were a victim of the breach your information is still out there.
Fraud alert information on the FTC website: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0275-place-fraud-alert