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Restoring SDHC and Compact Flash memory

Sep 28, 2009 in Technology

I meant to write about tools to restore the data from FUBARed SDHC memory cards last year. This week at least a couple of co-workers told me about their SD and micro-SD cards becoming unreadable, possibly due to their computer’s lack of support for the SDHC format.

While this could be true, even though my computer’s built-in SD card reader claimed to support the SDHC format, I encountered similar problems.

In this post I talk about a couple of free and commercial tools that helped me recover lost space when my card reader mysteriously stopped supporting my SDHC card, and recover lost photos from corrupt Compact Flash cards.

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MS Word has a Replace() VBA function?

Apr 13, 2009 in Technology

It astounds me that a company as large as Microsoft can’t develop better help systems to accompany their products. While most people complain that Microsoft merely releases lousy products, I am one of the faithful who believe that the products are fine, but badly, poorly, confusingly, terribly supported.

Case in point: MS Word’s string Replace() function, not discussed in any official VBA reference.

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For want of an MX record…

Apr 04, 2009 in Technology

If you’ve tried sending me email at anytime on April 4, 2009, there is a great chance that I didn’t receive it. I screwed up. Badly. I was trying to be smart, by modifying my DNS record and Host (A) settings to increase my privacy. However, I forgot to set up the MX record. To fix this will take more trouble than it’s worth, so I have restored my original DNS settings.

While the new settings are happily propagating the Internet, if you need to reach me, use the phone, facebook, or twitter. I will test the server settings later tonight, but I probably won’t be checking email at least until Monday.

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I hope Palm Pre makes it to Canada, eh?

Mar 11, 2009 in Technology

My friend/coworker who first instigated my Mac obsession sent me a link to a demo of an in-prototype phone that is being touted as the new iPhone killer. It would have to be, as it’s still in demo phase and the manufacturer is already locked into a deal with Sprint.

Engadget’s Josh Topolsky demoed the Palm Pre on Jimmy Fallon live. I don’t usually follow Engadget, and I don’t stay up late enough to watch talk shows, so I’m fortunate that Engadget posted this video so I could see this new device in action.

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Ink blogging at #northernvoice09

Feb 20, 2009 in Creativity, Productivity, Technology

Hi Everyone: While watching Tris Hussey's Blog Mechanics presentation I just installed Ink Blog & Live Writer

Example Ink Blog

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Internet—forever but not permanent

Feb 18, 2009 in Creativity, Personality, Philosophy, Productivity, Strategy, Technology

When I saw The Other Coast (image) comic strip in the paper this morning, I had to laugh. So much of today’s communications media: phone, text/SMS/MMS, email, TV, online publishing—are only available as long as there is enough storage to keep them. The Way-Back Machine on the Internet Archive helped me recover my Tablet PC Blogs posts in a jam, but if all the hard drives in the universe were full, what would have happened then?

In contrast to my post about what happens on the Internet living forever, I present the alternative view. My friend Wayne Radford, the self-proclaimed “King of Poco”, put this bug in my ear over lunch one rainy afternoon. The short version is that our online publishing efforts, though wide reaching, are only temporal.

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Best. Christmas. Present. Ever.

Dec 30, 2008 in Creativity, Technology

Wow. Just about all I could say was “Wow.” My seven-year-old son gave me an awesome Christmas present that he packaged himself. Not only did he give me my favourite Transformer, Sunstreaker, who looks a lot like a Lambourghini or Ferrari Testarossa (I don’t know the difference), but he drew packaging to replicate the same logos that store-bought toys have.

Readers of my RSS feed may want to visit my site to see the pictures.

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