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General Discussion / Pandora Recovery
« on: November 25, 2010, 12:33:22 AM »
yeah, i know hardly anyone comes here anymore, but i'm posting this everywhere i can.

have you ever accidentally permanently deleted files off your computer that were kind of important? like, say, a file/folder is too big for the recycle bin so you permanently delete it, or you just plain empty the recycle bin when a file that wasn't supposed to be there was in it?

If you do, STOP! don't do anything else until you download Pandora Recovery. It's a file recovery program that can recover files you've accidentally deleted, or it can even recover them after you've formatted your hard drive. Most programs like this run from between $40 and $80 (or more), but Pandora Recovery is 100% FREE! A donation screen pops up after you use the program (and why wouldn't you donate at least something), but otherwise it has full functionality, forever, for free.

A few tips so you don't screw up like I did (I lost a few files):
- DO NOT install Pandora Recovery onto the drive you are recovering files from. Don't install anything else on that drive either, or move files there, or create folders there, nothing. Don't do anything to that drive until you've recovered your files.
- DO NOT recover your files TO the drive you're recovering your files from. As Pandora Recovery re-writes the files you lost onto the drive, chances are good it will overwrite some of the files that haven't been recovered yet, meaning you lose them. This is the mistake I made (didn't read the instructions first). All I did was make a new folder to put the files in and a few of my files were gone. More importantly, the folder all my files were in was gone, meaning I had to recover all the files individually instead of just copying the folder. I still got most of my files back, but it was a lot more work this way.
- If you're recovering files off your OS drive (usually C: ), your best option is to physically remove the hard drive and put it in a separate computer because Windows constantly writes to your OS drive. If that's the case, or if you only have one drive, you can buy (for a measly $19.95 - or less if you buy more than one) a 1GB thumbdrive with a no-install version of Pandora Recovery on it. This way you don't have to install the program (potentially destroying the files you're trying to recover), and it gives you a little bit of space to recover files to. I'm definitely buying one.

I thought it was important to share this because I spent all day looking for a program like this (or cracks/serials/keys to make a pay version actually work), and got very frustrated. Then I found this and it really saved my ass.

General Discussion / Why Lie When You Can Teleport?
« on: September 02, 2010, 07:57:53 PM »
Men, have you ever just gone to the bar to have a few drinks with your buddies while your girlfriend thinks you're supposed to be somewhere else? Yeah, that kind of sucks when she calls and you now have to explain why you're at the bar and not at dinner with her parents.

But! Andes brand beer from Argentina has the solution for you: the Teletransporter. There's really nothing I can say about it to do it justice; just watch the video. And, for the record, yes, these are real, and yes, they've actually been installed in the main bars of Mendoza, Argentina.

(since I've just discovered the forum is not setup for embeding youtube videos, here's the link:

General Discussion / The Impossible Quiz
« on: July 07, 2008, 12:44:08 AM »

i scored in the 93.26%

no cheating, that would take all the fun out of it.

apparently no one has ever gotten all 20 questions right.

General Discussion / Blu Ray vs. HD DVD - a winner?
« on: February 15, 2008, 08:44:15 PM »
if you're like me and have been sitting back waiting to see which format will come out on top before you completely repurchase your dvd collection, i think your wait may be over.

WalMart has officially gone Blu.

why is this the deciding factor when a bunch of companies have been going blu over the past month? walmart is the largest retail chain in the world, if they're not going to sell hd dvd, then it's not cost effective to produce the discs (same reason there are pretty much no ao rated video games - walmart won't sell them so no one makes them).

i've seen this coming for a while - most of asia (where most of the world's population is located) is on the blu bandwagon, and hd dvd has nearly no presence over there - but in the past month or so, one after another, north american companies (like blockbuster, best buy, and netflix) have been going blu.

while toshiba has yet to officially pull the plug on hd dvd, the announcement is expected in the coming weeks.

so barring something drastic, the format war is over and after the likes of betamax, minidisc, and umd, sony finally wins a format war.

General Discussion / Best Tommy Lee Jones Role Ever.
« on: February 05, 2008, 01:08:53 PM »

it's a series of commercials for the Suntory company's Boss canned coffee.

The story, Tommy Lee Jones plays an alien who comes to Earth to study humans. When he got here, he saw a movie with Tommy Lee Jones in it so that's the form he took, and he's trying out different jobs to study human behavior.

Commercial 11 is my favorite =p

General Discussion / The US Navy now has a rail gun.
« on: February 03, 2008, 08:49:51 PM »
...or at least they're testing one.

the 10-megajoule test fire launched it's 90mm projectile at 5,640mph.

wait, it gets better. this is only one third of the gun's 32-megajoule capacity.

ready? it gets better still. this gun's maximum power is only half of the target 64-megajoule capacity that the navy is aiming for.

the finished product is expected to be able to accurately hit a 5 meter target from 200 miles away. now, if you do the math, you'll realize that in it's current incarnation, that will take over 2 minutes. but. you crank that up to 64-megajoules, you'd theoretically be making it fire 6 times faster, and it should take about 21 seconds to hit the target.

the best part about the videos is that this thing is firing so fast that it looks it's using a chemical propellant to fire and that it has so much kinnetic energy that it looks like the projectile is explosive.

General Discussion / changes to the english laguage
« on: January 17, 2008, 07:47:17 PM »
i am amused

The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the European Union rather than German, which was the other possibility.

As part of the negotiations, the British Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5- year phase-in plan that would become known as "Euro-English".

In the first year, "s" will replace the soft "c". Sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump with joy.

The hard "c" will be dropped in favour of "k". This should klear up konfusion, and keyboards kan have one less letter

There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year when the troublesome "ph" will be replaced with "f". This will make words like fotograf 20% shorter.

In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible.

Governments will enkourage the removal of double letters which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling.

Also, al wil agre that the horibl mes of the silent "e" in the languag is disgrasful and it should go away.

By the 4th yer people wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing "th" with "z" and "w" with "v".

During ze fifz yer, ze unesesary "o" kan be dropd from vords kontaining "ou" and after ziz fifz yer, ve vil hav a reil sensi bl riten styl.

Zer vil be no mor trubl or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi tu understand ech oza. Ze drem of a united urop vil finali kum tru.

Und efter ze fifz yer, ve vil al be speking German like zey vunted in ze forst plas.

General Discussion / interstallar bully
« on: December 21, 2007, 08:58:10 PM »
with astronomers constantly looking for new places where there might just possibly be life, they've recently found a place where it most definitly is not.

welcome to the 3C321 system. in this system we have a pair of galaxies, one bigger and one smaller. the super massive black hole at the center of the larger galaxy is spewing out super massive ammounts of harmful radiation perpendicular to the plane of the elliptic. i mean, that's just what black holes do; that's how we even discovered black holes exist.

however, in this odd case, the larger galaxy isn't just spewing out incomprehensible ammounts of deadly radiation, no, it's spewing that lovely stream of radiation directly at the smaller galaxy 20,000 light years away (that's about the distance from earth to the core of the milky way). astronomers figure this has been going on for a good million years now - not too long in interstallar terms - and i, for one, hope there was no one living in the smaller galaxy when this all started.

now, before you start worrying about getting fried by another galaxy, we would be the big galaxy in any local situations. while the closest neighbouring galaxy is a comparable 25,000 light years away, it's small and our milky way is already in the process of ripping it appart. the closest large galaxy that may decide to fire a beam of death at us is the andromeda galaxy, and it's about 2.5 million light years way. so if that galaxy wants us dead, we'll have a good 2.5 million years warning about it.

General Discussion / affordable solar power
« on: December 19, 2007, 08:28:10 PM »
every once in a while, something comes along that will (or at least should) change the way our world works. a silicon valley company called nanosolar has done just that. the biggest impedament to using solar power is that it's prohibitively expensive. instead of doing what most companies working on solar pannels are doing and trying to make them more efficient, nanosolar went and made existing technology ridiculously cheap to produce. with nanosolar's technology, solar power just got cheaper than coal. nanosolar can profitably sell solar pannels at $1 per watt (the next best is $3 per watt).
“With a $1-per-watt panel,” he said, “it is possible to build $2-per-watt systems.”

According to the Energy Department, building a new coal plant costs about $2.1 a watt, plus the cost of fuel and emissions, he said.
okay, that might seem negligible, but a)realize, we'll be talking about 500+megawatt plants (which works out to $50,000) and b)this solar technology is only going to get cheaper.

and the big advantage to this solar technology is that you'll be able to put it pretty much anywhere. from the article, i get the impression you'll be able to pretty much roll it on like wall paper.

with very liberal application of this technology, we could turn whole cities into power plants.

no really, this show looks almost like army of darkness only it's a japanese school girl vs the yakuza.

...and there's a flying guillotine!

The Machine Girl

i must watch this movie... now to figure out when it will be available....

General Discussion / Have you ever wanted a powered exoskeleton?
« on: November 24, 2007, 07:52:40 PM »
i sure do!

i wonder when i can place my pre-order...

okay, so they will probably never be for sale to normal people, but it's still very cool.

General Discussion / Anyone willing to do a poor boy a favour?
« on: November 22, 2007, 09:04:49 PM »
Would anyone here be willing to buy me a DVD on then send it to me? I will give you money for it of course, it's just that it would be cheaper to ship it twice than it would be to pay Amazon's stupid $12.29 international shipping prices. I'd buy it myself on, except it's over $57 on while it's only $11.99 on

General Discussion / Strange stories, true or not?
« on: September 22, 2007, 04:30:04 AM »
i really don't know what to say about this one.

this is an article from the mainichi daily news

and this one is from inventor spot

the first one is translated from some japanese language publication, and the second one is based on the first one.

i'm not telling what it's about, but it's a little... disturbing. a lot moreso if it's actually true.

ps. remember, this is a poll, so vote!

i sure didn't, but i may have to revise my opinion....

and if you miss the exact moment the first time, don't worry, there are replays right at the end....

General Discussion / so, work almost burnt down today...
« on: June 24, 2007, 10:01:33 PM »

it was kind of exciting. 5 guys debating on the best way to use a fire extinguisher.

the scarry part is that afterwards, the 3 of us that have been there for a while were asking eachother why we put it out? the new guys thought we were just joking, except that we really weren't.

General Discussion / crime on the rise in akihabara
« on: June 12, 2007, 07:07:32 PM »
for those that don't know, akihabara is a neighbourhood in japan packed to the gills with shops, and the neighbourhood as a whole is the largest shopping center on earth for electronic, computer, anime, and otaku goods. the buildings are loaded with shops, and all the dark, skinny little alleys between the buildings are packed with shops. basically, if you ever visite japan, it's suggested you visite there, and it's suggested that you schedule at least a day to spend wandering around there.

with the background out of the way, jaded north american types like us would figure there would be what? thousands of thefts reported there annually? that's what my brain was thinking anyway. so, how many thefts would it require for a very conservative major newspaper to publish an article expressing a concern over the crime rate?

[spoiler]29 thefts in the first half of 2007. 29 whole thefts... that covers shoplifting, purse-snatching, anything like that. there's a major public concern that they might actually reach 60 thefts in the whole year. i just.... laughed. granted, it is a big increase for the 22 thefts that occured in all of 2006, but still, considering how many people are there every day, 60 thefts in a year seems like something that could be chalked up to a statistical error.[/spoiler]

so, once again, my faith has been restored in the only country in the world where you can drop your wallet on the train, and you can expect it to be returned to you within a day.... with all the money still in it.

18 $80/hour labour charges!

of course, the not having to pay for most parts is nice too, but those damned labour charges are a killer. someone i know recently needed a couple gaskets replaced, they cost less than $2 each, but the job cost over $400 to cover the 5 hours of labour.

not all boredome projects are just useless wastes of time. they can actually serve a practical purpose too... in a somewhat... extravagant way... or not... i mean is a 6'5" tall, 2'7" wide dvd shelf really that extravagant?

General Discussion / email virus...
« on: April 13, 2007, 02:26:41 PM »
...that i find hillarious  :grin:

there's some blah blah blah about an alleged worm and a passworded compressed (zip) file that contains the alleged patch. the password is included with the email, and just seems to be there so your email provider's virus scanner can't scan the file.

here's the wording of the text:
Our robot has detected an abnormal activity from your
IP address on sending e-mails. Probably it is connected
with the last epidemic of a worm which does not have
official patches at the moment. We recommend you to
install this patch to remove worm files and stop email
sending, otherwise your account will be blocked. You
should open the archive file, enter the password and
run the patch immediately.

Customer Support Center Robot

i'm sorry, but 'robot'? :roll: am i the only one that thinks that one word is a dead give away that this is a scam? no one uses the term robot to describe an automated comptuer process. the image that immediately comes to mind is that they're staffing their customer support center with robots who are sitting on chairs in front of computers typing away looking for viruses...

General Discussion / did you know...?
« on: March 20, 2007, 02:25:13 AM »
...that some states have a law that makes it illegal to charge a credit card for merchandise until it actually ships? i had no idea. i mean, it makes a lot of sense and all, but i'm not used to it. and when things are on back order for over a month you tend to forget about them and go put your new computer equipment on your credit card...

General Discussion / dubya does u2
« on: February 25, 2007, 09:18:58 PM »
some people have entirely too much time on their hands...

so, at first, it seemed cute and funny, then i remember what the song is actually about, and just how wrong it is to have bush singing it.

General Discussion / having a kid will cost you an arm and a leg...
« on: January 31, 2007, 12:21:55 PM »
...or two.

okay, so it's a really bad joke playing on what's a really disturbing situation.

in orlando, fla, a woman went to the hospital to give birth and came out a quadruple amputee. that's right, the hospital amputated her arms and legs, and they won't explain to her why unless she sues them.
The hospital, in a letter, wrote that if she wanted to find out exactly what happened, she would have to sue them.
this just creeps me out.

General Discussion / random rambling
« on: January 26, 2007, 10:43:31 PM »
so, i now work with this chinese guy named ji (pronounced gee, like the letter 'g')

i feel so faux-ghetto whenever i talk to him, you know like will smith in fresh prince.

"come over here and help me ji"

yes, that is enough to amuse me today.

just thought i would share.

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