How I Spent the Day After My Summer Vacation

Recovering files, woo-hoo!

I made one of those stupid mistakes you make when you’re tired.  Y’see, I’d just attempted to download the last day o’ photos, and it looked like the full day had downloaded.  Could’ve sworn I even checked the destination folder and assured meself that yep, they’re all there.  So instead of just leaving the memory card alone, I deleted everything.  And went to pull up the folder a bit later to eyeball the things I’d snapped.  And had that horrifying experience of opening a folder and discovering there’s a mere fraction of what should be there.

All the rest, all gone.  All my roses, my geological cores, my waterfalls, my trains going into tunnels from across the Columbia Gorge, my sneak shots of my intrepid companion.  All of it, gone.

There was language used that my mother wouldn’t have approved of, most directed at myself for being such a fucking idiot.  Then it was off for a frantic gallop through the camera for an undelete option (there wasn’t one), and a search through Google for same (several).

The first free program I downloaded recovered a long-deleted photo of the cat and a test shot of my baker’s rack, but not a single vacation pic.  The second found every single file, but wouldn’t finish recovering the data before draining the camera battery, thus ensuring failure as the full file extensions wouldn’t make it into the final file.  I tried it twice, and failed miserably twice.  Maybe it would’ve been different with a card reader, but I haven’t got one, and at four in the morning, it’s hard to go buy one. 

Well, shit.  These had to be recoverable.  The data was there.  I just couldn’t bloody get to it.

Back to Google.  And I found a nifty little program on Imaging Resource called PhotoRescue.  The free demo would tell me if it could recover the files, and if so, then I could plunk down the $29 for the full program to finish downloading them.  So why the hell not?

And now, this moment, brought to you by the good folks at PhotoRescue:

Yeah, it works.  It’s like those photos were never deleted.  And now I know who to turn to if exhaustion leads to stupid mistakes.  I’ve got me recovery program!  Although after this little fiasco, I probably won’t need it, as paranoia concentrates the mind wonderfully.

And now I’ve got about a billion more pictures to sort through, so I’m back to it.

Verily, Blogger, Thou Art Evil

Why do you insist on putting “Read More!” on every damned post, even the ones that aren’t folded?

If anybody has HTML-fu that will allow me to fold a post in Blogger without the plague of fruitless “Read More!”s, please do enlighten me. I want to blather about Star Trek, but put the spoilers below the fold for virgin eyes.

Fighting the Trojans

So, three nights, now, I’ve been doing battle with the Trojans. Where they came from, I don’t know – probably one of Microsoft’s infamous security flaws, coupled with the fact that one of the buggers seems to have been clever enough to knock out McAfee. (Rather reminds me of the guard dog I owned once. She actually got stolen. That’s one pathetic guard dog, and McAfee’s one pathetic program, although it worked fine until now.)

Thanks to you lot and your help with me stepmum’s computer lo these many months ago, I knew just where to go: Spybot Search and Destroy. I tried Ad-Aware, too, but it requires someone who knows what the fuck they’re looking at. So does Hijack This. Spybot’s been fighting valliantly on the front lines, all by its lonesome because McAfee apparently has decided that Virtumonde isn’t adware. The thing about Virtumonde is, when you remove one bit, it’s already seeded itself elsewhere.

Enter Avast.

Avast is awesome.

Aside from their hideous sounds – I mean, for fuck’s sake, is it really necessary to have some fucker screaming “Virus!” at you while sirens wail? But that’s easily disabled. And I’ve been watching it play whack-a-mole with Virtumonde all night.

It doesn’t just quarantine, it kills.

And it appears to have been made for novices such as myself. It’s not quite as mindless as McAfee, but it doesn’t require much effort to understand and use. And it doesn’t seem to suck quite as much memory, which is nice.

Between SpyBot and Avast, I don’t think the trojans stand a chance.

Motherfucking Recalcitrant Electronics

Just in case the internet crashes again and you guys wonder where the posts went, here’s an explanation.

My computer has been remarkably bitchy tonight. Firefox refuses to talk to my playlists. Internet Explorer is running like an elephant on hallucinogenic tranquilizers, but it’s at least willing to discuss the idea of streaming music. And then, just when peace begins to reign in the Hunter Household and some serious blogging could be done, fucking Comcast has started having service issues. Again.

I went two years with Cox, and had one outage. One. Uno. 1. I’m about to move back to Arizona, put up with the heat, the Cons, and all of the other bullshit I fled for, simply because I will at least have reliable internet service.

So there may or may not be actual content in the cantina tonight. Fair warning.

Calling on the Computer Gurus

My stepmother’s computer could use a diagnosis, if anyone’s so inclined:

Seems like I am constantly getting the little grey box stating Microsoft has encountered an error and must shut down, blah, blah. Then my internet window will just disappear. Then if I am not on the internet, no window opened, a “voice” will come over my speakers, some ad. If I open Internet Explorer, I right click to start without add ons. It seems that is the ONLY way I can stay on a site without it closing. I have compressed, de-fragged, removed unnecessary programs, spyswept, and virus scanned constantly and I have no virus’, no spyware that is not quarantined and I am still having problems. I still have 89% space on my computer, so it is not as if that is a problem, but if I have more than 2 applications running, then I have a bubble that shows up that says my virtual memory is low and to close not needed applications. The guys who built my computer state that my Norton Systems works uses a lot of memory when in use but my computer should handle it. What a pain.

‘Tis indeed. Any ideas? I wouldn’t ordinarily beg like this, but damn it, she can’t send me photos of the kitten, and he’s growing fast. The situation is critial. This is the last I saw of my baby brudder:

Need more kitteh. Help!

Muchos gracias in advance!