Here are 5 things you should know.
1. Dating files using the YYYYMMDD format will keep them in chronological order, leading to better file management.
This is especially useful when you need to save multiple versions of a file over time and can quickly reference the date from the file name instead of “date modified” or “date created”. For example, if I save a file today, I would name it “Example Text 20211203”. If I needed to save a new version in the same day, it would be “Example Text 20211203v2”.
Putting the date at the end instead of the front allows your files to be sorted alphabetically>chronologically. Putting the date at the front will sort your files chronologically>alphabetically.
2. When you buy digital media online, you don’t own it, you’re just licensed to watch it, which can be taken away.
Just because you “buy” something digitally, doesn’t mean the same when you physically buy something. You are buying ACCESS to the content. Don’t be surprised if the company revokes access.
If you look at amazon’s policy for the content providers that want to use Amazon’s platform: https://videodirect.amazon.com/home/agreement?ref_=avd_hm_ft_la
Under Section “6. General Description of the Service; Distribution Modes:”
(a) purchase a license to access digital copies …
(b) purchase a license to access digital copies …
(c) access audiovisual content via …
(d) access audiovisual content…
Nowhere does it mention you own a copy of the audio/visual content. A lawsuit against Apple for using “buying” when you don’t really buy anything
” Apple tried to get the lawsuit dismissed, claiming that consumers know that buying something on iTunes doesn’t mean buying it forever.”
The EA Services are licensed to you, not sold. EA grants you a personal, limited, non-transferable, revocable, and non-exclusive license to use the EA Services to which you have access for your non-commercial use, subject to your compliance with this Agreement.
3. The build-up of black soot on the bottom of your pots and pans is not normal. It can be a sign of excess carbon monoxide.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is known as the “silent killer” for a reason. It’s odorless and colorless, so it’s very hard to detect. For this reason, it’s always a good idea to ensure your fire detector/smoke alarm also has CO detection (most of the newer fire detectors come standard with this nowadays).
An experience shared: “This post is been made because I noticed a lot of black soot (black powdery substance) building up on the bottom of my girlfriend’s pots and pans when we cook at her condo. I also have a gas range stove at my place but have never seen a build-up of soot on my cooking equipment. This soot will come off as black dust on your finger if you rub the bottom of a pan after it cools. Recently, the CO alarm went off on the smoke detector at my girlfriend’s place, which obviously caused some concern and I started to look into the potential causes while she called the fire department. Be sure to get out of the house and/or ventilate it by opening the windows. Getting out of the home right away is the safest option and is highly recommended.”
One of the best articles I found was this one: https://www.abe.iastate.edu/extension-and-outreach/carbon-monoxide-poisoning-checking-for-complete-combustion-aen-175/
The article shows that soot can be a sign that your natural gas stove has an incorrect mixture of air and gas, which can lead to an incomplete burn. This incomplete burn can cause the build-up of soot and carbon monoxide in your home. While this typically creates CO in amounts that are not deadly, they can cause a lot of health problems over time and if the ventilation in your home is poor, it can potentially be fatal.
Some symptoms of CO poisoning are headaches, shortness of breath, dizziness, weakness, confusion, and nausea. If you have any of these symptoms that seem to clear up when you leave home, check the bottom of your pots and pans for clues.
Stay safe out there.
4. Houseplants go dormant in winter, so reduce your watering.
As the cold weather slows down their metabolic rate, plants will require water less frequently than in the summer. It is important to not overwater your houseplants as they can grow mold, mildew, or be susceptible to fungus and other diseases with excessive water.
A good rule of thumb is to touch the soil with your finger to see if the substrate is moist and avoid watering again until it is dry.
Also, leaf tips can go brown from cold. Do not cut these off until warmer weather arrives, as this is one of the plant’s protection against frost. They essentially write off a part of themselves to take the damage from the cold in order to protect the rest of them.
Good luck, and happy gardening!
5. Bleach expires and becomes almost useless.
Bleach degrades over time into its constituent parts. It doesn’t become more dangerous but it will absolutely lose its potency, thus limiting its cleaning capabilities. If you’re having a hard time getting bleach to work as you’d expect, think back to how long ago you bought it, as it could be almost completely inert if it’s a few years old.