• Life Lessons,  Tech

    How Data Rescue Saved My Life (sort of) Pt. II

    We’ve left off in part one, where the internal hard drive in my MacBook Pro became non-mountable, Apple replaced the hard drive, I was able to diagnose the bad hard-drive, and pinpoint the problem to a BAD SUPER BLOCK.

    So I needed some kind of  software that could access a non-mounted hard drive and read data off of it to retrieve the two months worth of files. The two months I’ve slacked off from connecting an external USB drive for a TimeMachine backup. I scoured the web for some answers and got myself to the website for Prosoft’s DataRescue 3 (actually, the version number was 3.2).

  • Tech

    WordPress Plugin: Simple Facebook Connect

    You may encounter these problems…

    1) The SFC-comment feature has a problem with theme packages that use AJAX. For example, the Carrington-blog theme. This function will only work on single post pages. On the main page, where the comments are displayed by clicking on the little word bubble, the function does not appear correctly because the links and images are not preloaded. Turn AJAX off in Appearance>Carrington>Behavior: “Load archives and comments with AJAX”

    2) The SFC-comment plug-in hooks into the new comments() function. Themes like Carrington don’t. You’ll need to edit the comment form

    The file to edit is /wp-content/themes/carrington-blog/forms/comment.php

    You could follow the directions here to add the “Connect with Facebook” button, but DON’T. It will screw up the layout.

    Find the line (around 62):

    <p class=”comment-form-user-info tight”>

    Add all three lines consecutively like this before it:

    <div id=”comment-user-details”>
    <?php do_action(‘alt_comment_login’); ?>

    3) If you use FireFox as your main browser, you may have a popup blocker installed. This may throw the popup window for Facebook into an infinite loop.

  • Life Lessons,  Tech

    How Data Rescue Saved My Life (sort of) Pt. I

    This past week, I’ve had the fortunate(?) chance to try out some data recovery software on a malfunctioning hard drive. My MacBook Pro took a beating during transport and the hard drive performance started deteriorating until it would load no more.

    At first, it was taking a whole minute to load anything after I clicked anywhere on any application. So I restarted the computer to find that it would not load beyond the Snow Leopard “Universe” background (no login window). Then after the second restart, It would not load beyond the “grey apple with wheel” screen. “Oh oh”, I thought, “my last back up was two months ago… and it was only the work files”. My personal music, photos, and my tax return was not backed up.

  • Sidetracked

    Super 8

    For those of you who are too young to remember that cameras used film, Super 8 may not be a movie for you. For those of you who remember E.T. and regard it as a Sci-Fi classic, this movie is not for you. From the preview trailers, Super 8 seemed to be “E.T. on speed”, but unfortunately, it fell short on some nuances for that the description, “E.T. on Red Bull” might fit better. I have nothing against the energy drink, but it does not deliver the mayhem necessary to be illicit or illegal.

    Super 8 refers to the 8mm video filming apparatus from the 1970s. A bunch of kids are filming an amateur movie for a contest and they get thrown into a catastrophe that flattens their town. There’s no friendly alien… and there’s no friendly human adults either. The Spielberg-esque, “Nobody understands it but the people who’re in the middle of it” shows through once in a while but doesn’t show enough like it does in movies directed by himself. And of course, you get J.J. Abrams’, “Main character runs like there’s no tomorrow” and “Things fly around and camera swings while we all get scared of invisible monster”.

    All in all, it was good entertainment but not a good movie. I give Super 8 3-7/8 stars… yes it was an eighth short of 4 stars. Carpenters know that if it’s short an eighth, you gotta fix it.

  • Tech

    APC Replacement Battery Recycling

    Recently, APC, the world famous vendor of uninterruptible power supplies has gone one step further into the 21st century. They stopped pre-printing UPS labels for return shipments of spent batteries.

    Instead, APC wants you the user to go to one of their webpages to print a label out yourself. It is quite difficult to navigate to this page on smaller screens on an iPhone, so I have included the link above.

    Oh, and one word for the web designer at APC, “It’s not in plain English if it’s in fine print”.