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Help! I Accidentally Deleted All The Photos From The Camera On My Android Smartphone

Monday 13 August 2012 @ 11:59 am

Recently, I accidentally deleted all the photos from the camera on my Android smartphone. I had taken a photo using the camera on my Android Smartphone. At the time, the sun was out and it was very bright. I did not like the photo that I had taken so I selected the photo (or so I thought) but actually what I had done was selected all the photos on my camera. Since the latest photo was at the very top of the camera folder, I had accidentally checked the whole folder of photos instead of just that one photo and then I hit delete! As I said, the sun was very bright then and I didn’t even notice till the next day. Help! I had over 100 photos in there which I had not yet downloaded to my computer as a backup. Serves me right for being so lazy to download them.

So, I did the following in order to restore the photos that I had deleted from the camera on my Android device.

1. The first thing I did was to download the

Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery Software

This is a photo recovery software for Windows OS-based computer users that recovers deleted or lost photos, images, songs, movies, and other multimedia files from digital camera, external hard drives, laptops and desktop, CD, DVD, USB Drives, and memory cards.

I thought that sounded great so I downloaded and immediately tried to scan the photos from my camera by directly attaching my camera to the computer using USB and then selecting the external removable file folder.

Unfortunately, this did not work for me. It took a very long time and kept on hanging. :(

2. Next I tried

Wondershare Photo Recovery for Windows & Mac

This photo recovery software specializes in recovering photos, videos and music recovery that has been formatted, deleted, erased or corrupted. It is able to recover from all sorts of devices including camera, cell phone, memory card, USB, PC, Mac, MP3 and more.

Cool! I thought. This is it. This is for me. So I downloaded the photo recovery software and started scanning. The scanning took a long time. I can’t remember how long but I think it was about 2 hours. It was very detailed. I could see my deleted pictures in various sizes. I could also see all sorts of other people’s pictures which I had just briefly glanced at on facebook. I thought to myself. How funny. If you post your photos on facebook, you could be  unknowingly have your photos in the memory of someone else’s Android device!

Anyway, it took a long time and I was pleased to see my lost photos. However, when it was time to recover the photos, I got the message that the photos could not be recovered unless I purchased the software. Dang!  Some photo recovery software allow you to view the photos that can be recovered before you make a decision to purchase but I didn’t know that. :P

I don’t mind purchasing the software if I had thousands of photos in there which were keepsakes of my children’s photos from birth but what I had in there were mostly photos I had taken for my blog plus some photos of the children doing certain household chores at home. I wasn’t about to pay for that. Ok, I admit it, I am stingy but I can’t afford going around paying for software for mistakes I had made from just one click.

3. So, I searched for free photo recovery software and found

i) Photorec

Photorec is a file data recovery software designed to recover lost files including video, documents and archives from hard disks, CD-ROMs, and lost pictures (thus the Photo Recovery name) from digital camera memory.

a Facebook friend also recommended this free photo recovery software but at the time I had already recovered my photos using Recuva below.


ii) Recuva

Recuva recovers files that you have accidentally deleted or lost when your computer crashed.

I downloaded Recuva and proceeded to scan for my deleted photos. At the time, I had already taken a new photo on my camera. You are advised not to take any new photos before recovering your photos using any software as it will be harder and not possible to recover your photos after you have written over it.

Anyway, it took only 10-15 minutes to scan my deleted photos from my phone. I didn’t have to screen through 100s of other people’s photos the way I had to using Wondershare. All the photos I wanted were right there and all I had to do was select all of them and save them on my computer. Yahoo!

There is a free lunch after all!

Tip: When recovering photos you have accidentally deleted, do it as soon as you can and do not take any new photos in the meantime. In this way, you may be able to get back all the photos you deleted like I did. :)

Note: I am not doing a review on photo recover software. Some of the software above may work better for you than for me. I am just sharing my experience of how I recovered the photos I accidentally deleted from my phone. I am using the Samsung Galaxy Ace. Here is a review of My Samsung Galaxy Ace.

Do You Like To Pin On Pininterest?

Wednesday 18 July 2012 @ 9:25 am


I like to Pin on Pininterest and I like following Pins. Pininterest is a site where you can share all the beautiful things you find on the web through your own Pinboards. They say a picture speaks a volumes and that is exactly how Pininterest works, sharing of websites through pictures.

Funnily, I find that most pininterest users are female and what is shared the most of all are recipes, crafts, clothing and accessories as well as quotes. For example if someone shares a picture of a piece of mouth watering chocolate cake, most likely clicking on that picture will bring up the recipe for that piece of chocolate cake.

I pin most of the images on my Squidoo lenses as well as some on my blog because I find that it really helps in the traffic. Even old blog posts can have a surge of traffic if you share one of the images from that old blog post.

Since I am a very active Pininterest user, I find that having two things really helps in my finding and pinning sites.

  1. To have a pin it button on all of my sites. That helps me to pin the images and helps others pin it too if they like it.
  2. To install a pin it button on my bookmarks bar. (only for Google Chrome Users). I find this excellent in pinning images.

If you have a blog and are a heavy pininterest user, I recommend you to do both. You can find the pin it buttons for your website and your Google Chrome Browser here. To have the pin it button on your browser, all you have to do is drag the button to your bookmarks bar. Once that is done, whenever you visit a website or url, all you have to do is click on the pin it button on your bookmarks bar and you can easily pick from a whole range of all the images from that url. You do not have to search for the images one by one, they are all presented in a page. It is really easy, much easier than clicking “add it” and then scrolling through the images one by one. I recommend it.

Are you on pininterest too? If you are, leave me your pininterest profile or username in the comments and I will follow you. :)

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How To Add A Pininterest Pin It Button For Your Blogger Blog

Friday 18 May 2012 @ 6:25 pm

Today I added a Pininterest Pin It Button for all my blogger blogs. This is a great way to get traffic, even for your old blog posts.

With more and more information available online, people’s attention are getting less and less. People are reading less and less and now, they just want to look at pictures before deciding whether to read. I suppose that is why Pininterest is so popular.

Pininterest has a section called “Goodies” which includes Pin It Button for websites. However, I couldn’t quite figure out how to use that for this or for my blogger blogs. For this wordpress blog, I merely searched for Pininterest Plugin and installed the first plugin I saw out of the various available.

As for my blogger blogs, I used this – Pininterest Pin It Buttons And Follow Buttons For Blogger and WordPress from Spice Up Your

I implemented the step by step instructions from that blog on how to install the pininterest Pin In Button for all my blogger blogs. Great! Now, visitors will have more than one ways to share content from my blog. My Parenting Blog especially is full of images of crafts to share whilst my Quotes Blog has many beautiful Quotes and Images.

Happy Pinning.

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Gifts for Mothers With Funny Mom Quotes

Friday 27 April 2012 @ 12:38 pm

I have not been blogging much lately. I have been busy writing Squidoo Lenses and publishing my books. I find that after blogging for 8 years, I have to move on to other things in order to keep myself motivated. Oh, I won’t close my blogs, that is for sure. Doing other things, gives me more things to blog about!

My latest online venture is starting a CafePress Shop. I have started the shop with a niche for moms who like funny quotes to lighten up their day. I am not a good artist but I am good with words and I love Quotes, that is why I decided to concentrate my shop on Gifts for Mothers with Funny Mom Quotes.

It is easy to do many things online like starting a blog, writing Squidoo lenses, even starting up shop and publishing your own book! However, do not be fooled into thinking that because these things are easy to do, it is easy to make money online. Many of these things do not make money online. It is the process of doing them which is fun and fulfilling.

These days I carry a notebook around with me, to jot down all my thoughts and ideas and writings. If I don’t, I forget them and they are lost. Starting on new things like writing a book and starting a store has made things interesting again, just like the early days of blogging. The good thing is my books and items are print on demand so I don’t have to come up with any money for this hobby. That is a good thing because otherwise I would not have the financing to do any of these things which I love. :) I enjoy doing them even if I don’t sell a single item or book. Isn’t that crazy? I guess that is what they call passion. :)

Below is the my facebook page for my second book. Have you liked it yet?

Draw Something

Wednesday 28 March 2012 @ 9:54 am

Everyone seems to be playing Draw Something. I was quite amused to find that my Parenting Blog has been getting lots of hits from my post Can I Play Draw Something Online? Just take a look at this log which I copied and pasted from the Recent Keyword Activity log from my StatCounter. Between 8.03 to 8.33, there were 10 visitors from people searching for Draw Something Online. That means someone wanted to play Draw Something Online every 3 minutes. :P

I copied and pasted this log which came with live links but deleted the links in case I get penalised for over linking or something. ;) In this log you will find the date, the time, where the visitors are coming from, whether google, yahoo or bing etc, the search term as well as the url they visited. Sometimes you see  little numbers after the search term. Those mean whether my blog post is #1 or #4 or etc on google’s first page. It is dynamic so if you do a search right now on google for “Draw Something Online” you may see my post on different spots, sometimes #1, sometimes #3 etc. The little magnifying glass shows details about the visitor and where he or she is coming from.

It’s fun to monitor my stats. My visitors has doubled ever since I wrote the post. Too bad my adsense did not double, if anything it went down. Haha. That just goes to show that more visitors may not always mean more sales.

Do you like to play Draw Something? Which do  you prefer? Draw Something or Angry Birds Space? Go to my post Draw Something Online and Vote in the Poll. At the moment, I have just 10 voters. Aww.. but no worries, the numbers will go up. Have a look at this other poll I did some time ago. There are 788 votes as off today. :)

I love polls. I am mad about blogging. I love watching my stats. I love Squidoo. I’m happy to be able to do what I love. :)

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