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Submission + - Recovering a drive on the cheap

kantos writes: I have a hard drive that that as best I can tell is a brick... I figured that I would ask slashdot before I turned the platters into sun catchers for my patio.

The drive in question is a WD1000BB-00CAA0 and this is what shows up in syslog on boot: Feb 2 05:54:56 Jester kernel: [ 115.982684] ata1.00: BMDMA stat 0x25 Feb 2 05:54:56 Jester kernel: [ 115.982691] ata1.00: failed command: READ DMA Feb 2 05:54:56 Jester kernel: [ 115.982706] ata1.00: cmd c8/00:08:00:00:00/00: 00:00:00:00/e0 tag 0 dma 4096 in Feb 2 05:54:56 Jester kernel: [ 115.982710] res 51/10:08:00:00:00/00: 00:00:00:00/e0 Emask 0x81 (invalid argument) Feb 2 05:54:56 Jester kernel: [ 115.982717] ata1.00: status: { DRDY ERR } Feb 2 05:54:56 Jester kernel: [ 115.982723] ata1.00: error: { IDNF } Feb 2 05:54:56 Jester kernel: [ 116.041376] ata1.00: configured for UDMA/100 Feb 2 05:54:56 Jester kernel: [ 116.041407] ata1: EH complete Feb 2 05:54:56 Jester kernel: [ 116.042651] ata1.00: exception Emask 0x0 SAct 0x0 SErr 0x0 action 0x0 Feb 2 05:54:56 Jester kernel: [ 116.042658] ata1.00: BMDMA stat 0x25 Feb 2 05:54:56 Jester kernel: [ 116.042665] ata1.00: failed command: READ DMA Feb 2 05:54:56 Jester kernel: [ 116.042680] ata1.00: cmd c8/00:08:00:00:00/00: 00:00:00:00/e0 tag 0 dma 4096 in Feb 2 05:54:56 Jester kernel: [ 116.042684] res 51/10:08:00:00:00/00: 00:00:00:00/e0 Emask 0x81 (invalid argument) Feb 2 05:54:56 Jester kernel: [ 116.042691] ata1.00: status: { DRDY ERR } Feb 2 05:54:56 Jester kernel: [ 116.042697] ata1.00: error: { IDNF } Feb 2 05:54:56 Jester kernel: [ 116.102657] ata1.00: configured for UDMA/100 Feb 2 05:54:56 Jester kernel: [ 116.102687] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Result: hostbyte =DID_OK driverbyte=DRIVER_SENSE Feb 2 05:54:56 Jester kernel: [ 116.102696] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Sense Key : Abor ted Command [current] [descriptor] Feb 2 05:54:56 Jester kernel: [ 116.102707] Descriptor sense data with sense d escriptors (in hex): Feb 2 05:54:56 Jester kernel: [ 116.102712] 72 0b 14 00 00 00 00 0c 00 0a 80 00 00 00 00 00 Feb 2 05:54:56 Jester kernel: [ 116.102735] 00 00 00 00 Feb 2 05:54:56 Jester kernel: [ 116.102744] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Add. Sense: Reco rded entity not found Feb 2 05:54:56 Jester kernel: [ 116.102754] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] CDB: Read(10): 2 8 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 08 00 Feb 2 05:54:56 Jester kernel: [ 116.102774] end_request: I/O error, dev sda, s ector 0 Feb 2 05:54:56 Jester kernel: [ 116.102784] Buffer I/O error on device sda, lo gical block 0 Feb 2 05:54:56 Jester kernel: [ 116.102843] ata1: EH complete Feb 2 05:54:56 Jester kernel: [ 116.166764] type=1400 audit(1296651296.883:23)

So slashdot.... is this drive beyond all hope other than a data recovery specialists jig, or is there some way I can get at least something off this drive?
Security

What Is the State of Linux Security DVR Software? 112

StonyCreekBare writes "I am wondering what slashdotters have to offer on the idea of Linux based security systems, especially DVR software. I am aware of Zoneminder, but wonder what else is out there? Are there applications that will not only monitor video cameras, but motion sensors and contact closure alarms? What is state of the art in this area, and how do the various Linux platforms stack up in comparison to dedicated embedded solutions? Will these 'play nice' with other software, such as Asterisk, and Misterhouse? Can one server host three or four services applications of this nature, assuming CPU/memory/disk resources are sufficient?"
Google

Submission + - ask slashdot: How to replace Google 4

Razgorov Prikazka writes: Since the /. story about Googles CEO E. Schmidt considering people as bad guy`s if they want a little privacy (http://yro.slashdot.org/story/09/12/08/0127219/Google-CEO-Says-Privacy-Worries-Are-For-Wrongdoers) I started thinking. After long deliberation and discussions with friends I decided to abolish Google completely for personal use. Yeah, call me a wrongdoer, I dont really care ;-)
Now I wanted to ask /. what the best replacement is for searching, webbased mail, watching video clips, etcetera.
Software

Submission + - Website Chat Solution

kent7854 writes: I'm wondering if the slashdot community can help with the search for a solution to providing optional online chat support for visitors to our corporate website. This would mostly be used for technical support by up to 6-7 different support engineers. We may also want to open it up to a collection of 5-6 sales people for commercial support, but that may be a later update.

We would not need voice or video support at this time and so are looking for something fairly basic, and in turn, low cost. It should just be professional looking and avoid adds or anything else that would not look good on a professional front.

Any suggestions are highly appreciated.

Submission + - How to Deal with Forced Promotions Away from Tech 2

lunchlady55 writes: I have been happily working for my current employer for five years. After moving up the ranks within my department from Intern to Technical Lead, a new manager essentially told me that I have to move into a different role oriented towards, 'administrative duties and management.' We are a 24x7x365 shop, and will now be required to work 5 eight hour days rather than 4 ten hour days and be on call during the other two days of the week. Every week. Including holidays. My question is, have any Slashdotters been forced into a non-technical role, and how did it work out? Has anyone said, "No thanks," to this kind of promotion and managed to keep their jobs?

Submission + - What can I expect as an IT Intern? 2

p3np8p3r writes: I'm in college and working towards my Bachelors in Computer Science. Last year I passed both my CompTIA A+ and Network+ certifications and now have been offered a full time Internship at a wireless lab of a major laptop manufacturer (via a staffing company). The pay is going to be around $8 an hour full-time but that is not my primary motivator. I'm considering this significant decrease in pay from my previous job (non-IT) to be counter balanced by what valuable knowledge I may attain both in a technical aspect as well as industry insight while I finish school. This field is all new to me and I don't personally know anyone who has worked in it before who will give me their honest opinions on it. Although I know circumstances differ greatly, in general, what can I expect as an IT Intern? What have been your experiences?

Submission + - Computer interactive exhibits for ages 3-8

Johnny Mnemonic writes: "My company has the opportunity to contribute to a children's museum in our area. We are a technology company, so I'd like the exhibit to be computer/networking related, and to raise the awareness and understanding of how the internet, networking, and computers work. However, Children's Museums cater to a pretty young age group of 3-8 year olds, so the the exhibit needs to be highly interactive, durable, tactile, and yet instructive of the concepts. Google fails to turn up any turn-key options, and, although the concepts are computer related, a computer-based exhibit tends to be too fragile and susceptible to withstand the rigors of 250 preschoolers/day. How would you design a display that meets those requirements and is still fun and educational?"

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