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Bragging Rights

Posted 26 October 2012 - 08:49 AM

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Last night I was invited to a local business to business networking meet & greet. There was free pizza & beer. Incentives! The purpose, of course was for the business who was holding the event to get their name out, but also for the attendees to shake hands, rub elbows, pass business cards & info, & yuck it up with one another making new prospective clients, & possibly filling voids in their rolodex for goto .. whatevers.

Taking my technician with me (he met a good portion of these folks at an event earlier in the week), we were rather popular as we were the only business that catered to the residential sector. Everyone else (& I mean everyone else) was business to business oriented. After an hour in, I found myself engaged in a conversation with a network admin who brought up a question : Why residential? So we traded some tech war stories & there are both good & bad points to residential vs corporate clients, many points in fact, which isn't really what this discussion is about. But what is relevant is that I get much more satisfaction recovering data or a device that others said couldn't be done. My biggest accomplishment today that I am most proud of, is recovering data from a thumb drive. Now we've done this a few times, but this specific situation (had 2 of them, believe it or not) is incredibly amazing because of the potential loss, or up shit creek that the customer found themselves in. I'm sure I shared this story here before, but I'll go into it again anyway.

A grad student (again this occurred to two clients) was working on her masters thesis, & was saving everything to the thumb drive. Someone else walks by, stepping on the thumb drive as it stuck out of the usb port of the pc, & snapped. In each situation the student was in tears, one of them couldn't even talk on the phone, her friend had to call. Our shop was the only place in town that said it was fixable. Everyone else said it couldn't be done. At the end of the day if we were another business to business client, what would become of these two potential grad students? Think of the time & money lost. This is why I do what I do.

K, so yeah, yay for me. But I'm curious about why you do what you do. What's your story? Just what the heck did you pull off anyway? When did you show someone else up? What couldn't be done that you said "to heck with that", took the proverbial reins, & did it anyway. Did the on-lookers jaw drop? Just what the heck happened?!

I want to know your fifteen minutes of fame. Share it. Bragging rights all around!

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Re: Bragging Rights

Posted 26 October 2012 - 08:56 AM

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Someone else walks by, stepping on the thumb drive as it stuck out of the usb port of the pc, & snapped. In each situation the student was in tears, one of them couldn't even talk on the phone, her friend had to call. Our shop was the only place in town that said it was fixable. Everyone else said it couldn't be done.

First I want to know how you fixed it.
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Posted 26 October 2012 - 09:00 AM

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First calvinthedestroyer soldered any broken traces. Then I stuck it in a Linux machine, used dd to dump any data that was accessible, & burnt it to a DVD drive. With the first customer I was even able to get the Windows temp file with her last keystroke before the break.

It's all about getting one last read out of it. It's incredibly fascinating to me how important it is to get it working up until you actually do. Then the device is meaningless, & is destroyed.
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Posted 26 October 2012 - 09:03 AM

Nice. I was curious if solder was used.

I'll have to sift through some stories and motivational vectors and get back to this... I am guessing lordofduct will swoop through with a fanciful tale. These sorts of threads are like a swan song a-calling to him.
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Posted 26 October 2012 - 09:16 AM

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I invented the internet

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 09:18 AM

View Postishkabible, on 26 October 2012 - 11:16 AM, said:

I invited the internet



And so did I, but it never turned up.

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 09:30 AM

Long ago, when dinosaurs roamed the earth and students didn't have their very own computers, I worked in a computer lab. That's were you went to use public computers and print out papers for professors who fondly recalled inkwells and liked their trees good and dead.

Everyone had those new fangled 3.5" "hard" floppy disks. They corrupted far more than they should have; the student store resold the ones people brought back as defective. Turns out, skills I'd acquired removing annoying software protection could also be used for good. Namely, recovering reports on pretty dead disks. Word spread and I probably recovered a paper at least once a week; more during crunches. No one else could do it, which was satisfying. I usually didn't charge, but did get a lot of free lunches.

The tools were primarily Norton's Utilities. However, anything that could dump a FAT sector could save the day. The automatic tools were easy, but sometimes you just had follow sector jumps manually and assemble the puzzle. Compression wasn't used much in word processors back then. Probably couldn't do it today.
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Posted 26 October 2012 - 10:36 AM

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i do it for the girls and to pay the bills.
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Posted 26 October 2012 - 10:36 AM

What is it you do? Give me the wow factor!
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Posted 26 October 2012 - 10:46 AM

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h a n d j o b s
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Posted 26 October 2012 - 11:46 AM

I throw a little foot in there just to give them something to come back for.
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Posted 26 October 2012 - 12:33 PM

View Postmodi123_1, on 26 October 2012 - 11:03 AM, said:

Nice. I was curious if solder was used.

I'll have to sift through some stories and motivational vectors and get back to this... I am guessing lordofduct will swoop through with a fanciful tale. These sorts of threads are like a swan song a-calling to him.


Da truff...

sadly, I'm a bit busy right now and don't have one on hand.

I'll be back though... you can be sure of that.
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Posted 26 October 2012 - 12:33 PM

I farted and burped at the same time once. Left me momentarily speechless...
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Posted 26 October 2012 - 12:41 PM

View Posth4nnib4l, on 26 October 2012 - 02:33 PM, said:

I farted and burped at the same time once. Left me momentarily speechless...


I take it you'd been talking out your ass at the time?
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Posted 26 October 2012 - 01:37 PM

View Postishkabible, on 26 October 2012 - 06:16 PM, said:

I invented the internet

You are either Al gore(in disguise) or a liar :)
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