Monday, June 30, 2008

PhotoRec - Recover your lost files!!! (Life with my Nikon D40)

So, I had some family in this weekend and had taken hundreds of pictures with my new Nikon D40. Your probably reading this thinking "So? Everybody takes pictures of their family..." Well you would be correct, except that these photos are of my brother n' laws first trip to Chicago. Needless to say they are quite important, and the 'Wifey' was a little upset when I mentioned the following:

Me: 'So, honey... you know those 250+ photos I shot yesterday of everyone in one of the coolest cities in America?'
Wifey: 'Yes'
Me: 'Well I just transferred them to the laptop (Dell D630, Ubuntu 8.04 64bit)'
Wifey: 'Yeees'
Me: 'They have mysteriously dissapeared...'
Wifey: 'YES!'
Me: 'I'm not sure what happened to them'
Wifey: 'YES!!!!'
Me: 'Oh, wait, let me see if I can find a way to recover the images from the lost partitions'
Wifey: 'Wait, you lost ALL those photos?'
Me: 'yeeeeeeeees...'

Anyway, I was able to find this thread in the Ubuntu Forums -

Thankfully, I'm not the only person who forgets to switch off the camera before putting it in the nice, new, padded camera bag and then have the nice, new, supersweet camera figure out how to erase the SD card. So, I installed TestDisk from the repositories and after reading the Ubuntu Forum Thread I discovered that it comes with a program called PhotoRec.

... (not really, but it will recover your photos if they are deleted)

Everything ran in the command line with prompts so don't be afraid of the dreaded 'command line'. I was able to recover ALL 250+ photos that I took and my Wife still loves me! Not a bad day if I say so myself...

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Firefox 3 Download Day 2008 - Over 8,000,000 Downloads!!!

Update: UNBELIEVABLE!!! 8 Million downloads in 24 hours... This whole process was so much fun to watch. All my co-workers and I were constantly refreshing the download map and I have not met one person who was not riveted by the amount of participation. Long Live FireFox!!!

I'm so excited about this release... I remember discovering firebird as a stand-alone browser where the entire app was located in one folder that you could migrate to different locations and did not connect to anything in windows... O'h my how things have changed! Anyway, help break a record and start using a BAD ASS BROWSER!!!

Sounds like a good deal, right? All you have to do to help us set the record for the most software downloaded in 24 hours is get Firefox 3 now – it’s that easy. We're not asking you to swallow a sword or to balance 30 spoons on your face, although that would be kind of awesome.

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