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  1. Frank's right, Honold, There are legit password recovery utils or services out there, but they're all payware.

    I have no programming experience but I can't imagine that it's very hard to write a small, fast, brute-force or word list attack program for common file encryption algorithms.

    I just want to know if anyone wrote one for complimentary use.

    Thanks for the links, Future Shock, I'll check those out.


  2. jtr1962, I almost forgot about my own DDO blunder from just a couple of months ago:

    It was time to format a client's Win98 Machine which was long overdue for an overhaul. I backed up all his data to drive E which was the second partition on the primary master drive, a 40GB Maxtor DMP60 with EZ-BIOS installed. I nuked the C partition and reinstalled Windows only to find that the computer was now booting from C, but from an older installation of Win98 on the primary slave drive -- an old Samsung. Strange? I'll say.

    After rebooting a few times I noticed that the EZ-BIOS loader line had disappeard from the boot sequence, so I fired up MaxBlastII and tried to uninstall/reinstall it. However, I couldn't uninstall EZ-BIOS from the primary master until it was uninstalled from the primary slave, as well. Don't ask me why, but rather than uninstalling it from the slave, I decided to simply unplug the slave and reboot so that MaxBlast wouldn't see a second drive. It worked, and in that session I uninstalled EZ-BIOS. When I rebooted the second partition was gone.

    I popped the drive out of my client's PC and into one of mine to check it with Partition Magic 7, which warned me of some fishy partitions and, saw only unpartitioned space after the first visible parition.

    I plugged the drive back into my client's machine reinstalled EZ-BIOS, figuring that it was required to access the vanished partition.

    No go.

    I'm royally screwed if I can't get wake up this partion -- all my backups are on it.

    Stupid, I know, but we're all entitled to an oversight now and then.

    Any suggestions?

    Luckily it all turned out ok in the end thanks to some fantasic software called PC Inspector File Recovery:


    That little piece of free software...



    I just retrieved EVERYTHING from the hidden EZ-BIOS partition!

    Mind you, I haven't checked the data for integrity yet (I'm typing with one hand while copying files with the other -- kidding) but it seems quite intact.

    I have to say I'm very impressed!

    (Not to mention very relieved)

    I'm off to write a thank-you note to the writers of PC Inspector.



  3. I just uninstalled WinFax 10.02 because the computer was abruptly restarting partway through receiving a fax. I installed the demo version of 32Bit Fax from ElectraSoft, thinking my problems were solved, when it did the exact same thing.

    Has anyone ever heard of such a thing?

    I've double-checked my drivers and all the obvious settings. I really don't know what's going on.

    Any ideas?


  4. [quote name=honoldQuote:

    If 2D display quality is so dependant on the CPU and system RAM' date=' then what have the $3000 pro cards got over my G450?

    who is claiming they're related?[/quote]

    Blakerwry said so several posts up.

    In any case, I'd like to narrow the scope of discussion here; I already know that Matrox cards make pretty pictures -- Image quality is not the issue, and neither, for that matter, is stability. My concern here lies soley with 2D performance using normal, non-software-specific Windows drivers.

    Put it this way: will a Matrox G450/550 make my Photoshop / Illustrator / CorelDRAW / Flash redraw

    a) faster or slower than a GF4?

    B) Faster or slower than a Parhelia?

    c) Faster or slower than than an Oxygen/Wildcat/FireGL2?


  5. I just spoke to a tech support agent at Maxtor and he said that to the best of his (presumably limited) understanding, all the drives up to 120GB use 40 GB platters. You should feel free to take that with the proverbial grain of salt, but I wouldn't be at all surprised if it were true.

    That would leave the 60 and 80GB platters for the more capacious drives, I guess. We'll see.


  6. To find out how many platters your maxtor drive has, look at the serial # - the 2nd place will be the number of platters.  That has been the case of all my drives so far at least, including my new 250GB drives.

    I'm sure you must mean heads, bsaunder, because my new 80GB DMP9 has a serial number of Y3KEE2E, and I refuse to believe that there are three platters spinning in there. Not that two platters is that much better...

    Anyway, the model number of my drive, if anyone cares, is 6Y080L0030403. It was manufactured in Singapore, on December 14, 2002.


  7. Wide acceptance always takes a while when it comes to new technologies. I remember eagerly anticipating the widespread acceptance of USB when it was first announced as an industry standard. It took a couple of years, as I recall, and I had ants in my pants the whole time, waiting it out... but here it is.

    SATA is high on my wishlist, too.

    Patience, grasshopper.


  8. Your terminology is somewhat misleading, but it's pretty safe to assume that if your "DSL router" hasn't got an RJ12 (telephone) jack then you'll have to purchase or rent a DSL modem.

    That said, a DSL modem isn't worth squat if you don't subscribe to the service from your local telco or ISP, in which case a modem would most likely be included in the monthly cost.


  9. Recently I came across a file managing utility that featured the ability to collect files from several subdirectories and drop them into a common folder. It was also possible to flatten all the subdirectories under a given folder, consolidating the files therein.

    The problem is that forgot what this application was called...



    While we're on the subject, does anyone know if Xxcopy can perform multiple sequential operations in from a single command? Right now I'm using a batch file which looks like this:

    xxcopy /bb d:simchainventorybooks_ImagesFull D:SimchaINVENTORY_IMAGESFull
    xxcopy /bb d:simchainventorybooks_ImagesMid D:SimchaINVENTORY_IMAGESMid
    xxcopy /bb d:simchainventorybooks_ImagesThumb D:SimchaINVENTORY_IMAGESThumb
    xxcopy /bb d:simchainventoryelectronic gaming_ImagesFull D:SimchaINVENTORY_IMAGESFull
    xxcopy /bb d:simchainventoryelectronic gaming_ImagesMid D:SimchaINVENTORY_IMAGESMid
    xxcopy /bb d:simchainventoryelectronic gaming_ImagesThumb D:SimchaINVENTORY_IMAGESThumb
    xxcopy /bb d:simchainventoryelectronics_ImagesFull D:SimchaINVENTORY_IMAGESFull
    xxcopy /bb d:simchainventoryelectronics_ImagesMid D:SimchaINVENTORY_IMAGESMid
    xxcopy /bb d:simchainventoryelectronics_ImagesThumb D:SimchaINVENTORY_IMAGESThumb
    xxcopy /bb d:simchainventory"games & toys & hobbies"_ImagesFull D:SimchaINVENTORY_IMAGESFull
    xxcopy /bb d:simchainventory"games & toys & hobbies"_ImagesMid D:SimchaINVENTORY_IMAGESMid
    xxcopy /bb d:simchainventory"games & toys & hobbies"_ImagesThumb D:SimchaINVENTORY_IMAGESThumb
    xxcopy /bb d:simchainventory"health beauty"_ImagesFull D:SimchaINVENTORY_IMAGESFull
    xxcopy /bb d:simchainventory"health beauty"_ImagesMid D:SimchaINVENTORY_IMAGESMid
    xxcopy /bb d:simchainventory"health beauty"_ImagesThumb D:SimchaINVENTORY_IMAGESThumb
    xxcopy /bb d:simchainventoryjewelry_ImagesFull D:SimchaINVENTORY_IMAGESFull
    xxcopy /bb d:simchainventoryjewelry_ImagesMid D:SimchaINVENTORY_IMAGESMid
    xxcopy /bb d:simchainventoryjewelry_ImagesThumb D:SimchaINVENTORY_IMAGESThumb
    xxcopy /bb d:simchainventoryjudaica_ImagesFull D:SimchaINVENTORY_IMAGESFull
    xxcopy /bb d:simchainventoryjudaica_ImagesMid D:SimchaINVENTORY_IMAGESMid
    xxcopy /bb d:simchainventoryjudaica_ImagesThumb D:SimchaINVENTORY_IMAGESThumb
    xxcopy /bb d:simchainventoryluggage_ImagesFull D:SimchaINVENTORY_IMAGESFull
    xxcopy /bb d:simchainventoryluggage_ImagesMid D:SimchaINVENTORY_IMAGESMid
    xxcopy /bb d:simchainventoryluggage_ImagesThumb D:SimchaINVENTORY_IMAGESThumb
    xxcopy /bb d:simchainventorymovies_ImagesFull D:SimchaINVENTORY_IMAGESFull
    xxcopy /bb d:simchainventorymovies_ImagesMid D:SimchaINVENTORY_IMAGESMid
    xxcopy /bb d:simchainventorymovies_ImagesThumb D:SimchaINVENTORY_IMAGESThumb
    xxcopy /bb d:simchainventorymusic_ImagesFull D:SimchaINVENTORY_IMAGESFull
    xxcopy /bb d:simchainventorymusic_ImagesMidD:SimchaINVENTORY_IMAGESMid
    xxcopy /bb d:simchainventorymusic_ImagesThumb D:SimchaINVENTORY_IMAGESThumb
    xxcopy /bb d:simchainventoryphotography_ImagesFull D:SimchaINVENTORY_IMAGESFull
    xxcopy /bb d:simchainventoryphotography_ImagesMid D:SimchaINVENTORY_IMAGESMid
    xxcopy /bb d:simchainventoryphotography_ImagesThumb D:SimchaINVENTORY_IMAGESThumb
    xxcopy /bb d:simchainventory"school &ed"_ImagesFull D:SimchaINVENTORY_IMAGESFull
    xxcopy /bb d:simchainventory"school &ed"_ImagesMid D:SimchaINVENTORY_IMAGESMid
    xxcopy /bb d:simchainventory"school &ed"_ImagesThumb D:SimchaINVENTORY_IMAGESThumb
    xxcopy /bb d:simchainventory"sporting goods"_ImagesFull D:SimchaINVENTORY_IMAGESFull
    xxcopy /bb d:simchainventory"sporting goods"_ImagesMid D:SimchaINVENTORY_IMAGESMid
    xxcopy /bb d:simchainventory"sporting goods"_ImagesThumb D:SimchaINVENTORY_IMAGESThumb
    xxcopy /bb d:simchainventory"sports memorabilia"_ImagesFull D:SimchaINVENTORY_IMAGESFull
    xxcopy /bb d:simchainventory"sports memorabilia"_ImagesMid D:SimchaINVENTORY_IMAGESMid
    xxcopy /bb d:simchainventory"sports memorabilia"_ImagesThumb D:SimchaINVENTORY_IMAGESThumb
    xxcopy /bb d:simchainventorywatches_ImagesFull D:SimchaINVENTORY_IMAGESFull
    xxcopy /bb d:simchainventorywatches_ImagesMid D:SimchaINVENTORY_IMAGESMid
    xxcopy /bb d:simchainventorywatches_ImagesThumb D:SimchaINVENTORY_IMAGESThumb

    It's pretty unwieldly, I know.

    I'm looking to slim it down.

    Any takers?


  10. One of my email accounts is being bombarded with what appear to be returned mail errors from the "Mail Administrator" at postmaster@bellnexia.ca. Each message has a two part attachment infected with some variety or other of the Klez virus.

    The problem is that I don't know who's generating these messages. Is my computer infected and sending out random emails or am I the victim of someone else's virus? I've performed scans using Norton Antivirus (yes, with the latest definitions) in both Windows and DOS modes to no avail -- everything comes up clean.

    Any ideas?