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NTFS Undelete - Review

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

Just the other day I was working on a document at work that was very important! I had several places to back-up the document to because of different versions of the software that I was working with at the same time. I was in a hurry and saved the file then went to copy it to the other folder for the other version of our software. I knew I would be over writing the other older version, however, I accedently selected from the wrong window. I selected the old file and did a drag-n-drop to the new folder. Since I was in a hurry I didn’t check the expected pop-up request to over-write the file. I just clicked yes. So the old file just destroyed all the changes I just worked so hard to make on the new file.

How many of you have made this exact mistake so many times?

Your choices, well you could go out and download some trialware product that will not let you actually recover anything unless you pay. Or you could just out-right buy some comercial solution for undeleting the file really fast. You’ve just got one file you want to undelete and your in a hurry to recover it. You don’t need some massive corporate solution with a big price tag on it, and your under the gun to get this document out the door so you don’t really have the time to redo all the work you just did.

The solution I found is called NTFS Undelete. This is a simple, easy to use and FREE Undelete package that will scan a particular folder or drive and give you the option to navigate some folders or files that may have been deleted and recover them, or copy them to another drive.

I installed this thing and was able to recover my document for FREE and without even rebooting!

Cheers and Enjoy!


Americans in Orbit 50 Years

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

I’ve just accepted a position on the Advisory Board for the organization known as “Americans in Orbit 50 Years”. My title will be Senior Technologist.

I must say this is really exciting for me! This is moving in exactly the direction I’ve always dreamed my life would go! Only I never thought it would be possible!!!! Yet here I am living MY dream! The full energy and excitement of this appointment hasn’t completely hit me yet. I suppose that’s partly because I’m such a work-a-holic and so friggin busy these days that everything just seems to go in a blur.

In any event I need to mention some of the things that this organization brings to the table. First I will start with the names and affiliations of the other board members:

T.J. O’Mally, Former Launch Director for Friendship 7

Charles Arthur “Chuck” Biggs, Sr., Former VP, Manned Spaceflight Education Foundation Inc.

Larry R. Capps, CEO, U.S. Space and Rocket Center

William Coleman, Chief of Project Blue Book (UFO Investigations)

Al Reisz, CEO of Reisz Engineers

Konrad K. Dannenberg, Deupty Manager of the Saturn Rocket Program

Lorraine Ruiz, Operations Manager of NASA’s Ames Exploration Encounter Program

Bill Larson, Director of Media Relations

These are giant people in the world of space flight and I’m proud and honored to be counted among them in representing the Orbiter Space Flight Simulator and other technology and engineering developments.

I should also note that we hare having a special event at the Davidson Center for Space Exploration

Automakers beg for money?!

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

GM is begging for money now?!?!

Where was GM when I was begging for money?

For those of you who are new to my blog you can feel free to read back in some of my very early posts and discover that this blog actually started BEFORE my career got started. There was a time when I was living in a basement with stone walls, cement pavers for a floor, bugs, bats, rats and spiders for company! Have a look at this picture for proof:

Message to Recuiters and hiring managers!

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

A few days ago I posted about how to start your job search campaign, and I mentioned how I don’t have any experience with Mercury at all, how I’ve never heard of Mercury and I didn’t know what it was, other then the Mercury Capsule that was launched by NASA putting the first American into space in the 60’s, or the element on the periodic table that is often used for barometric pressure and tempature measurements. I talked about how putting my experience developing a Mercury control panel for a space flight simulator:

Lead to many recruiters calling me or contacting me for my exerience developing with Mercury. I should mention that I did try to apply for some of those jobs, but I never got an interview as a result. I suspect because I didn’t have any experience with Mercury. However, I just found out today that a 2-day training program my company signed me up for is about QTP - Quick Test Professional, which is, essentially, Mercury. I didn’t even know that! In a single day I learned how to setup QTP, how to use QTP to build and integrate ATP’s - Automated Test Procedures for our company products, as well how to program QTP, and use QTP to validate data in our company products.

I don’t think I’ve given away any propriatary information there, I hope not. <g>

Preparing to launch your job search campaign.

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

I call it a campaign because that’s exactly what it is. Your running for office, maybe not an elected position, but you want a job. That could be a job in an office, or it could be a construction job, warehouse job, industrial job, sales job, ect…

How to live cheep!

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

I’ve heard a lot about unemployment lately in the news so I thought I would do a series of posts about the cost of living and job searching since I’ve been doing it for a number of years now almost continously, I feel I have a pretty fresh idea on how to make it work.

That said I have only just recently landed my dream job, and doing it in this job market, I believe is a testament that speaks louder then any words about just how well I’ve managed to adapt.

Ok so you’ve lost your job, been laid off, or had your hours cut below 5 hours a week. Believe me I’ve been there! If you don’t believe me maybe you should have a look around on my site and see for yourself in some of my photo galleries.

First things first. Cut all your non-essential expenses. This means Cable TV, home phone, extra features on your cell phone (e-mail, extra minutes, internet, vision, etc…), stop using your Air Conditioning so much!, any habbits such as Saturday night DVD rentals or theater runs, cut back on everything that is absolutely non-essential to searching for a job. You may have to cancel some doctors visits unless it’s vital medical issue. Stop going for pedicure’s, manicure’s, and minimize your shopping down to almost nothing, also only a haircut when it is really necessary only. This means no more frequent trips to the hair shop for highlights and all the extra treatment junk. You should be able to maintain a professional appearance without all these extra expensive treatments. (Lets face it, you have minimal to no income! Gas prices are shooting up faster then the Space Shuttle! You need to be real about your situation!!!)

Essential elements for a job search are the following, A cell phone (You need to take every single call, no matter who it is or what the caller ID says! Any time day or night!) You still need car insurance, renters insurance, and high speed internet (for online job applications), food to maintain yourself in reasonable health, basic cosmetics to look professional on a moments notice when that interview does get setup, a good functional car to get you to interviews on time in your local area, and gas in your car so you don’t have to stop for gas and fillup before an interview, and most important of all, a nicely pressed clean professional suite and tie or business suite for women with a knee length dress. It will also help if you can have a classy looking leather organizer to hold resumes and papers that your interview will give you, as well to hold example work from previous jobs. These organizers are cheep and can often be found as

Final Site Design & Moving

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

I’ve finally finished the redesign of my site, feel free to let me know what you think of the new look. This was in response to feedback from some of you, so thank you very much for your advice, I believe it has helped me GREATLY!!!

New Sub-Domain Online

Sunday, March 9th, 2008

Finally the long awaited Sub-domain is online!

Basically at this point the page is only a template for other topics of interest on the same sub-domain. I haven’t done any work yet on any of these menu links yet so all the links except the one back here to the blog are dead. I will be working my way down the list adding them as I get them done. Enjoy and feel free to let me know what you think of the site!

New Site Graphics Updated

Sunday, February 17th, 2008

If you haven’t already noticed, I’ve posted all the new site graphics that I made while I was in Thailand. This comes with a special thanks to my girl friend for taking the time to upload all the files from her laptop since they didn’t burn properly on the DVD I made just before my departure. I couldn’t have done it without you Mahal!

Hope you like it, I do. :D



Never been proved wrong so fast!

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

In my day job I work work as a government contractor for the Dept. of Revenue. I’ve been working really hard now for 10 months to develop a fully integrated Sales & Use Tax Calculator Audit Management System with a back-end TeraData Database Management System driving the SQL system. This is for the State of Missouri.

Last month they finally signed the change request document that says I get to move forward developing and testing all the key changes they wanted to make from the system I had developed up to that point.

Basically the tax calculation system I designed to manage the loading of data was designed to load using one method, and the Missouri Dept. of Revenue decided they wanted to change the way the data is loaded requiring a complete end-to-end redesign of the loading system. I worked really hard all week long to try and find a way around this debacle!

To make a long story short I thought I would never get the whole thing pulled together! I even went so far as to say that the entire concept of revamping the design was completely out of line, and nearly refused to develop it since doing so would put me to blame when it didn’t work or cost to much time to maintain. I really believe that it is important to stick up for proper design considerations that can affect the cost of development for the project within the company. I would hope that others see that as a strong point when the alternative is the repression of open minded design considerations. In the end I can say with pride that it actually worked! Furthermore it worked quite well, well enough for me to be proud of my work with is all that matters in the end!

Apparently my boss knows something that I don’t, that I must be better at programming software then I think. Don’t get me wrong, I think I’m pretty darn good!! But now, after this, I’m starting to think that he might be right! Let me tell you that is really an amazing thing for someone to believe in you that much after you’ve come from the situation that I’ve come from. For instance most people probably wouldn’t believe that I was told I was so stupid that I would never finish grade school. I was also told I would never finish high school, and I was told by many professors at several universities that I was to stupid to ever graduate from college, also that even if I did happen to graduate from college I would never be able to compete in the professional market place.

I don’t mean to get a big head or anything, they just keep putting stuff on my desk that I think I’ll never get to work, and then I get it to work in record time and its amazing! Like I’ve got some kind of magic fingers or something. I have nothing else to say…because it’s beyond my understanding…