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Submission + - Biometric Login?

Life2Death writes: A friend of mine at school had a laptop with a fingerprint scanner and it got me thinking — does this technology work in a windows shop for domain login? I am having a hard time finding success stories so I'm unable to gauge a feel for how this would apply. This would have to work on Windows XP Professional and up. I found some documentation of Windows 7 supporting this out of the box, but little on my current situation.
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Submission + - What data recovery tools do the pros use? 2

Life2Death writes: "I've been working with computers for a long time, and every once and a while someone close to me has a drive go belly up on them. I know there are big, expensive recovery houses that specialize in mission-critical data recovery, like if your house blew up and you have millions of files you need or something, but for the local IT group, what do you guys use? Given that most people are on NTFS (Windows XP) by the numbers, what would you use? I found a ton of tools when I googled, and everyone and their brother suggests something else, so I want to know what software "just works" on most recoveries of bad, but partially working hard drives. Free software always has a warm spot in my heart."

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