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Partition recovery on a shoe-string

March 19th, 2007
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I’ve struggled through a good portion of today trying to find a freeware, shareware or at the last a full commercial disk recovery product. A USB drive that got unceremoniously dragged by its cable to the floor seemed to have survived - until (of course) I ran chkdsk on it. Immediately following which the drive lost it’s boot sector for it’s only partition.

Windows wanted to format it, Norton just moaned at it, PCI File recovery (an excellent file recovery tool imo) allowed me to confirm that data was recoverable on it, but could not restore the partition. Mbrfix tried to fix it’s mbr, which tells you something of my knowledge of these things.

I’d resigned myself to the £21 plus VAT for Partition Table Doctor, when I eventually found this MS Support article, telling me exactly how to fix my own boot sector by hand. In under five minutes my partition table had been restored to sector 1 from a backup it apparently stores itself in sector 6. My disk was back.

Searching the web for partition, recovery, boot sector, fixboot and restore brings up so many commercial tools it’s as though parting with money is the only option. Not necessarily so.

RIP Jean Baudrillard

March 7th, 2007
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BBC News, the death of Jean Baudrillard

Baudrillard, a leading post-modernist thinker, is perhaps best known for his concept of hyper-reality.
He argued that spectacle is crucial in creating our view of events - things do not happen if they are not seen.
Baudrillard focused his work on how our consciousness interacts with reality and fantasy, creating from them a copy world he called hyper-reality.

RIP - my first car

February 17th, 2007
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I have scrapped my first car today. Purchased on the 20th October 1998 and driven until September 2002. Four-and-a-half years standing still and SORN thereafter.

I have kept three fuses and the cigarette lighter as mementos.

Sleep Deprivation, and WHM

February 16th, 2007
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A combination of bad dreams made worse by someone ringing up in the early hours and sending the dream off into previously undiscovered depths of paranoid weirdness. After that I had no chance of sleep so got up and did some reading. By half-past-four I had discovered this (and this)- which woke me up - and decided I had to write many an email to try and get the place’s funding reinstated in the long-term. While I hadn’t sought any replies, an acknowledgement might have been nice. I daren’t look in my sent items as who knows what nonsense I railed about at that hour?

More UU stuff

January 21st, 2007
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According to my bank statement, they’re calling themselves ‘United Ultities’. Says it all.

Losing clients

January 4th, 2007
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Starting the year with the loss of your longest-standing and biggest client has it’s upsides. Really! You find resolve to up your game. You re-evaluate the services you offer and how much value they offer the client and yourself.

You regret the cessation of great working relationships, learn some new things about them too, and realise that perhaps you need to remember the personal is as important as the virtual.

Web Technologies Coursework results in

December 22nd, 2006
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Diagrams, Architecture, Security, Implementation, Group Work, Minutes, References, Demonstration,and overall:“A”

Screenies of our bookshop application

…of sunshine

December 20th, 2006
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Developers - banish the symptoms of SAD!
S.A.D. cure for developers

4 minute warning

December 16th, 2006
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My time management skills needs to improve before next semester..


Woking …ham

December 13th, 2006
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Writing from Wokingham - redDot Liveserver training. Last day today, so we’ll be heading back sometime in the afternoon. Hopefully we’ll be dropping into Burghclere to see the murals by Stanley Spencer at the memorial chapel.

edit: got to Burghclere, well after dark and if it had been open, it was, by then, shut.

We’ve been spoiled here as the accommodation is adjoined to the excellent pub, so the food and drink has been great and in good supply!

I managed to lock myself out of the en-suite. Managed to get it open again (with a bit of jury-rigging involving a pen-refill) but didn’t figure out how it happened in the first place.