Good to Know: How to pick a lock

20 09 2007


I’ve always found the ability to pick a lock has always come in handy, there’s always that time you come across when you get locked outside for some reason, and being able to get in is a great thing. WikiHow has a great tutorial on picking a lock that should give you some general pointers and tips on how to get a lock open. Simple lock picking sets are fairly cheap and doing this yourself could save you a lot of money instead of paying a locksmith to come when you lose the key to your backyard shed. Additionally, there is a whole community of lockpickers at site Lock Picking 101.
How to Pick A Lock from WikiHow

Lock Picking 101





A good read: Windows is free

28 08 2007


We’re back with a new section here at Back Door Life: A good read, tidbits of readings and news that we think is, well, a good read. Here is an article written by comedian and geek Dave Gutteridge at the Tokyo Linux Users Group about the one thing people never talk about in OS debates: pirated software. I suggest giving the ZDnet article that is linked to a read as well. All in all it takes some time, but it is…a good read, and worth at least my time.

Windows is Free





Good to know: Stop a car with no brakes

22 08 2007


Ever been driving along the highway, go to slow down for a corner, then realize: no brakes? No? well, if it ever does happen, you’ll be glad you read these two articles, one from Popular Mechanics, and another from WikiHow, on how to stop a car with no brakes.

Stop A Car With No Brakes From WikiHow

Stop A Car With No Brakes From Popular Mechanics





Good to Know Answers: How to whistle loudly with two fingers

16 08 2007


We have two segments being introduced in one post. one is “good to know” as in, stuff that is good to know, and the other is “answers” as in, well, you get it.

In case you were wondering, a really old post on google answers yielded a pretty darn good guide on how to whistle loudly with two fingers like they do in the movies or at baseball games. There are several instances in which this little trick would come in handy for me.

How to whistle loudly with your fingers