Finding photos of a known size

Recently I did a friend a favour and installed Linux Mint on her laptop as she was a bit frustrated with Windows. Unfortunately I assumed she’d backed up everything before handing it over to me, so I re-partitioned the whole drive to ext4. She hadn’t.

On the bright side the computer was quite new and the only thing she wanted from the disk were some photos she’d taken. Well, that just made it my lucky day because there just happens to be a tool specifically for recovering photos (and a myriad of other filetypes) from disks that have been written over: TestDisk! Continue reading

Facebook: Backup & Delete

It’s a new year, it’s my birthday, it’s time to start on a fresh page, and for me that’s not going to be a Facebook page. After last year reading The Silent Number’s blog post about deleting your Facebook account on your birthday I decided that’s exactly what I would do.

His post gives you a lot of reasons to delete your account as well as detailed information on how to go about it. It also talks about how to do it in such a way as to make a big impact, hopefully convincing some of your friends to join you on the way out. The main things you need to know are:

  1. Go to your Facebook account settings and click Download a copy of your Facebook data at the bottom of the page
  2. When you’re done go to this page to permanently delete your account (not just deactivate) Continue reading