recovering deleted filesWhen we accidentally delete a file our first instinct is to panic. The frustration sets in and we forget about the alternatives provided to recover files instantly. Once we set our mind to the process, it should be done immediately. The Recycle Bin is the tool provided by Windows to recover files instantly. Just double click the icon and restore the file to its original location. But what if the file is no longer in the Recycle Bin?

If the Recycle Bin has emptied, the file remains in the hard disk. Stop whatever you are doing before the space is occupied by another file. Windows marks the space as empty until such time that you save another file to occupy the empty space. Unless a new file is written on the space, the files are still recoverable. This is how the recovery software is allowed to do the job. Once it is overwritten, the file recovery becomes a lot more difficult and reduces the possibility of a successful recovery. Every time you save a new file on the hard disk, the chances of recovery are minimized.

There are many free software that can be used to recover files instantly. It allows you to scan the hard disk for the deleted file according to its name, file size, location, date it was created and the last time that it was accessed. These recovery software supports recovery from memory cards, digital camera cards and MP3 players.

In order to increase the chances to recover files instantly, follow these tips:

  1. Do not panic and stop whatever you are doing
  2. Do not browse the internet
  3. Do not download new software
  4. Do not shutdown the computer
  5. Download the free recovery software from another computer
  6. Save the recovery software on the flash drive

Do not use the computer for downloading the free recovery software; otherwise the deleted file might be overwritten. Plug in the flash drive into the current system and start the recovery process. If the software is unsuccessful in recovering the data, don’t lose hope. It does not mean that another software cannot do the job, too.

household robotsI recently admitted to a friend just how much I would love to have a robot that cleans my apartment and cooks for me. The truth is that I have now become so busy that I no longer have the time to clean, vacuum or even cook. My friend laughed so hard and assured me that as soon as a robot that cooks hits the market; he would get me the most expensive one. He was still laughing as he walked away.

As I walked home that evening, I decided to hit the internet for some info on a cooking robot. I desperately wanted to wipe off that huge grin on my friend’s face. I even visualized myself ordering the most expensive robot that could not only cook, but brush my teeth as well, I even imagined me sending the bill to him. That would surely wipe that grin off him on a permanent basis.

What I found surprised me and even raised my hopes of getting even with my friend, robots that can be programmed to prepare meals are actually under development! Others that are currently being worked on include robots that can actually take out the trash, make the bed, dust the house and perform other uncomplicated household chores.

I was even more surprised to learn that some companies are even researching on the possibilities of making robots that will work as health attendants, providing healthcare to real patients. Now, robots that vacuum and vacuums that make work very easy I had already heard of at I had even heard of faucets that function just by sensing what you want them to do at, but vacuums that care for the sick? My friend had better read this!

I learnt that robots that have already been developed and are already in the market include home security robots. These are devices that you can connect to your computer system within your house using a wireless or wired connection. Some of the tasks that a security robot can be programmed to perform are locking doors and raising the alarm in case of a security breach or a break in.

Entertainment robots are also enjoying common usage today. Such robots are programmed to offer interactive entertainment or companionship to people who live alone, the elderly or the sick. Some can be programmed to play verbal word games, conduct web searches and other fun activities to kill time.

My prayer is that these companies do actually manage to develop a cooking robot so I can get to choose a pricey one, in the meantime, I will look around for a GE’s microwave  which I have heard comes with a cooking function that makes vegetable preparation easier. All you have to do is position your veggies inside and it will alert you on how much time is needed for your sweet potato, asparagus or any other veggies needs to get cooked. I actually have no idea on where to get it, neither do I know how it looks but I am working on it.

“HEY Storm, since you seem to enjoy travel so much, you must have a few tips on how to clean a suitcase without taking it to a professional, please share some tips,”

This was one correspondence from one of my readers that caught me completely off guard, reason being that I never once personally cleaned any of my suitcases simply because just like my friend out there, I had no idea how to do it.

The truth is that not many people bother to clean their suitcases until they need to travel or take a vacation, and even then they just find it easier and less hectic to take them to the cleaners.

steam cleaning a suitcaseBut there comes a time when you either don’t have time to take it to the cleaners or you simply can’t afford the cost. It was then that the truth hit me! At one point or another, I will be forced to clean my own suitcase, and I therefore decided it was time I learnt how to do it, and do it well!

I immediately embarked on a one-man investigation on how to clean a suitcase, and this is what I managed to gather:

Decide if your suitcase is truly in need of cleaning – most suitcases are not designed to be cleaned regularly, lest they get damaged. If your suitcase is not dreadfully dirty, just vacuum it and put it away.  You might also try using the many steam machines out there like the Garment steam home cleaner portable hand hold which will not only get rid of the dirt, but will also kill all germs and other microorganisms.

Personally, I was so captivated by this steam machine that I decided to give a it shot and was surprised to find many steam machines all over the internet that were ideal for cleaning and killing up to 99% of all household germs using steam alone. What surprised me was just how affordable and effective these machines were. To get an idea of what I am trying to get through to you, I found the best steam mops by just reading a few reviews of the top steam mops here to see what they are capable of.

If, however, you do not have access to a vacuum or steam machine, relax because you can still use a damp cloth and some mild soap to rub the travel bag gently. Keep changing the cloth until you are satisfied.  If your suitcase is made of leather, wipe the outside with oil soap devised for leather, or saddle soap. Do not get it wet under any circumstances as you might destroy the leather.

What if your suitcase is so filthy that it looks like it survived a drowning at a muddy river? In this case, you might have to try some hand washing using a mild detergent and water. But this applies only if you are sure that the water will not damage the cardboard stiffeners. Fill your sink, bathtub or any other appropriate container with water and add some mild detergent. Immerse it in the water and use a soft cloth to scrub it gently. Rinse and dry it thoroughly.

Keep in mind that this process is very likely to damage your travel bag, so turn to it if you really don’t have an alternative.

There is always a new diet popping up every other week it seems, but there are only a few fad diets that seem to hang around and stay the course. One diet that has managed to stick around for a number of years now if the HCG diet. This diet involves taking these weird little droplets or something which apparently work miracles. Sounds like magic right? But if you look a little deeper into this diet you may see some other underlying factors that are also contributing to weight loss.

HCG Diet Meal PlanThis particular weight loss method is no different from any other system out there with the fact that it can be so difficult to to plan each and every diet meal and exactly how to plan a meal on the HCG diet is where many people come unstuck. You see, the most common reason that people fail on any diet is that they don’t plan their meals out correctly and they don’t grocery shop according to the right plan.

Even though the HCG diet involves taking these little injections, it really does come down to what you put in your mouth. If you plan right and buy the right foods then there is no reason you can’t naturally lose weight without going all these crazy new diets every other week. I’m sure you’ve noticed, as I have, that no matter what the unique selling point is for each and every one of these new diets they all have one thing in common which is healthy food.

I would challenge anyone out there to find a diet that allows you to go and eat whatever crap you want and still lose body fat just by taking some magic little pill or something. It just doesn’t exist so don’t fall for it. Yes the HCG diet is a great weight loss method but you really have to follow the entire plan to the letter and not just take the injections and hope for the best.

upholstery cleaning napervilleWhen the time comes that you need to hire the services of professional upholstery cleaner there are few things you should really consider to make sure you’re picking the best service provider in your local area. Not all furniture cleaners are created equal and some contractors are a disaster waiting to happen so here are a few tips you can use to make sure you don’t get yourself in a bad situation.

Number 1

Pick qualified upholstery cleaner. Anyone can put an ad up craigslist or any other classifieds site and claim to be professional upholstery cleaner, but you really should check to make sure they’re qualified and licensed.

Number 2

Don’t just go out and pick upholstery cleaner based on price. Often the lowest price contractors have a low price for a reason; they have a low quality of work.

Another issue with selecting an upholstery cleaner based in Naperville solely on price can get you into trouble as some sneaky service providers will advertise a low price in order to get you to call but when they get to your house to do the job they make up some random excuse to charge you more and there really nothing your can do about it.

Number 3

Don’t lock yourself into giving a service provider the job after one phone call. You should always talk to a few other contractors and try to get a feel for what kind of person is on the other end of the phone. Often sneaky operators are very good talkers and if you find yourself felling uncomfortable the you can tell something is up right away.

Number 4

Always try to find upholstery cleaner with references. See if they have testimonials and even better ask some people you trust if they any good reliable service providers.