May 29

Communication Perks And Panics

Communication has become a maddening thing over the past 10 years. Telephones, cable, VOIP – it all costs money, and it adds up.

How did we get in such a state? It’s easier than it looks, Start with the mailbox and residential phone line, then add business and fax/data lines, as well as an e-mail address, for a home office. That’s five channels. Add a car phone for each worker and then pagers (to cut down on skyrocketing car-phone bills) and you’re up to nine. Include a phone extension, fax line, and two e-mail addresses (one internal, one external) for my office and you’ve achieved a 13-channel mini-communications network without breaking a sweat.

Longing for the old days…

The five electronic gizmos were even easier to accumulate: a computer for each office, one for the house, and a PDA–which takes

May 05

What to Do When Your Hard Drive Is Giving You Problems

Hard drive recovery is one of the most sought after skills in today’s world. There are numerous cases everyday where people lose their data due to hard disk failure and wind up clueless about how to remedy this problem. Especially in Asia, because of the regular power outages and fluctuations the hard disk may stop working properly or may even stop “winding up”. Therefore, it is recommended that you regularly backup all your data to rid yourself of the pain that comes with hard drive crash.

Due to these sudden fluctuations in power, the ICs on the logic board of the hard drives may exhibit signs of corrosion. Components may even appear to be smoldered. The one good thing about this type of problem is that the damage is localized and is easy to spot. If such is the case with your hard drive you may want replace the damaged logic board with a working one from a similar hard disk drive. Doing this will allow you the time to access the data on your hard drive and make a back up of it on another storage medium. The best thing to do would be to note the make and model of your logic board. This is very important, as it will improve your chances of compatibility. But if you do not feel comfortable or you don’t have any idea about what you are doing it is highly recommended that you hire someone who specializes in damaged hard drive recovery.
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