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November 20th, 2006
03:03 pm


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Matt and Nicole

These bullet points just in:

  • Matt got married. My favorite gag in this situation is "the weekend went off without a hitch". Heh. But yeah, totally hitched.
  • I loved getting together to see friends I haven't seen in years.
  • I even survived absurd layovers while connecting hither and yon on my way home.
  • Augusta's canal system totally ripped off Lowell, Massachusetts' industry. Shouts out to my peeps in the Bay State, keepin' the looms running.
  • I left my camera on the breakfast table at one point. It found its way back to me right away, which was good. However, (no causal connection, I suspect) the CF card inside seems to be corrupt now. Perhaps because I connected absolute power to ground through it. No, seriously, I'm unable to recover my pictures off the drive. Fortunately, I took some pictures with my phone, which you can see on my Flickr account.
  • I read The Man in the High Castle and Island of the Sequined Love Nun in downtimes (mostly on the plane) over the weekend. tMitHC: Meh. IotSLN: good.
  • Two vultures were coming down the jetway, shortly before the end of boarding. The one vulture had a racoon under one wing and an armadillo under the other. The other vulture had a dead snake and something hard to identify - it might have been a shrew or some kind of opossum. The stewardess stopped them at the door and told them they couldn't board, because the policy was only to allow "one piece of carrion per passenger".

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Date:November 20th, 2006 11:12 pm (UTC)
There are utils out there capable of scavenging these cards for pics, even if they seem to be corrupt. It's also possible to do it via a sector editor by hand (I speak from tedious experience, there).
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Date:November 20th, 2006 11:44 pm (UTC)
So far, the utilities I've been coming across seem to be undelete utilities more than corruption recovery tools. I contacted Lexar, and they suggested that I go to a camera store so I could try the card in a different camera and a different card in my camera. After I jump through that hoop, and verify that, indeed, the card is toast, they'll be happy to RMA the thing.

I've heard some success stories about Lexar being able to recover contents of a damaged drive, and I know that there are full-on services that do just that, so now I'm trying to figure out how much the recovery of the contents of that drive are worth to me.

If a shaman offered to do some voodoo ritual that destroyed the card to save the data, I'd be completely fine with that - the replacement cost of the card is noise in my budget.

If that same shaman asked me to sacrifice a Wii to the technology gods, I'd be on the fence. A PS3 or XBox 360 wouldn't be worth it, to the extent that I can even recall what I left on that drive.

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Date:November 20th, 2006 11:52 pm (UTC)
Well, mess with a sector editor and see what you can see. If the corruption is only to the directory on the card, you can recover the pics manually. If the sector editor can't even pull up bytes, that sounds more like some sort of nasty magnetic or physical damage.
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