imageJames Fallows, the Atlantic Monthly journalist and former White House speech writer, is best known as a commentator on cosmic issues. But his love of tech goes back for decades, and in his blog the other day, he passed on a gem of a tip for people whose USB sticks end up in the wash.

imageBottom line: If you drown your USB library of hundreds of e-books—well, maybe you haven’t. Try WD-40 as Jim suggests in a non-e-book context. Your stick might seem to have survived the machine, but WD-40s rust proofing might still save the day.

That said, it’s still a good idea to have your books backed up elsewhere. No certainties here, WD-40 or not.

Related: Newest Kindle and public domain fan: The Atlantic’s James Fallows.


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