So I’ve spending time trying to read this Photo CD from 1993, mostly because it has pictures of Trina on it. A lot of time. Thursday night, Friday morning, a good portion of Sunday, and all Monday evening. I can’t seem to read the CD on any drive except the Windows 95 laptop, and that only sees the title, actually reading the CD fails. So I’m at a loss, figure I’ll bring it into work and try it on some machines there. It doesn’t work on a Windows 98 box, but then my coworker Rob takes a good look at the CD. He points out that while unscratched, the CD has a small discolored area near the beginning. D’oh! So I went and looked up data recovery programs and tried a couple out. Of course almost none let you extract the data without paying for it, and the freeware ones didn’t work, so I chose one of the cheapest, inDisc Recovery. I had a couple problems upgrading to a non-demo version, but I got it to work. Unfortunately the CD has been damaged enough I could not get the pictures off cleanly (at least the ones of Trina, it got some of the later ones, although I’m trying the last couple of Trina now), but at least now I know, and can turn my attention to scanning the photos of Trina I do have.
I knew I’d spent way too much time on the computer when I didn’t go to bed until 3 on Monday (some call me “persistent” – others, “stubborn”), although I also spent time making a big dinner – chicken fried in crushed pecans and cheese, and pistachio and parmesan cheese whole wheat biscuits. So Tuesday and Wednesday I tried to stay off at home, making quick dinners (buffalo chicken tender salad and hot dogs) and catching up on newspapers and TV. Tonight I made another fast meal (pasta and shrimp meal in a bag), and I’m surfing some now. Maybe soon Jill will actually took a long enough break to watch 24 with me. I need to get to bed somewhat early tonight, as I’d like to get up kinda early since Jill has late school and we haven’t scheduled a dog walk for tomorrow.