This 8 years old kid came from Madrid, Spain to New York where he was treated for a serious cardiac problem at Mount Sinai. He had surgery and is recovering well. He will leave the ICU soon and a group of friends from Madrid wanted to send him some kind of present to cheer him up.
I don't actually know the kid. But a friend of mine is part of said "group of friends" and they asked me to figure out what can be done.
Hire a magician? send him a bunch of toys? books? a stripper? all of the above?
I suppose the stripper would be a bad idea, what with blood pressure and all that. But I'm sure there are plenty of "special surprises" and original ideas for his age group and health condition.
Oh, and he speaks both english and spanish, so language shouldn't be an issue.
posted by sd
on Jul 6, 2006 -
Windows XP Drive maintenance, recovery and restore tools. Looking for what's in your toolboxes. [more inside]
posted by filmgeek
on Jul 6, 2006 -
Anyone know a reputable location to get a recovery CD for an HP Pavilion 750n - or if such a thing even exists? [more inside]
posted by true
on Jul 5, 2006 -
: An immediate family member has colorectal cancer. I need advice and recommendations in several areas. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark
on Jun 19, 2006 -
I just know I can't be the first person to ever do this, but I haven't been able to find an answer. I religiously back up my files from my local drive to my network every day, but it appears that yesterday, while I was in a hurry, I actually copied the files from my network drive down to my local drive, thus overwriting a very full day of work on one particular file. Is there anyway I can get back the version that was stored on my local drive or am I, as I fear, screwed? Also, when I try to search my local drive for all the files with the same extensions (*.as) in hopes that I actually just saved it in the wrong place, Windows XP tells me I have no files with that extension, even though I can see that I do. Is it possible that my problems are bigger than my own incompetence?
posted by katyjack
on Jun 15, 2006 -
Any advice on reviving an iMac that stalls on bootup? I hit the knowledge base, chatted with a tech, ran various tests and tried the basic tricks, but still, no go. [more inside]
posted by pzarquon
on Jun 14, 2006 -
Gah! The monitor on my Dell laptop decided to die last night. I could really use the files on my hard drive right about now. Where can I take it? [more inside]
posted by Saucy Intruder
on May 7, 2006 -
Some RAID questions about what happens if you lose not a disk but the controller. [more inside]
posted by jfuller
on Apr 27, 2006 -
my hard drives recently perfomed some weird format-like trick on me recently and i need to restore the data
I've tried a couple of different 'repair' programs to no avail.
help! [more inside]
posted by quantumonkey
on Apr 20, 2006 -
i lost a partition in a reformat, but the data is still on my harddrive. i want to get the data off. i have r-studio
, but not enough disk space on the existing partition to put the other data on it, and i thought i shouldn't create a new partition to put the data on, as that could mess up remaining data. i don't have an external harddrive. is there any way i can safely get the data off? thanks! [more inside]
posted by willmillar
on Apr 7, 2006 -
I'm addicted to running. I've injured myself. I'm forcing myself to take a couple days off. How do I speed up healing--because come hell or high water I'm going to be back at it on Monday (provided I can restrain myself). [more inside]
posted by sourwookie
on Mar 17, 2006 -
Does anyone know of a good undelete tool for Mac OS X (10.4.x) that can recover AVI files from an external (FAT32) drive? [more inside]
posted by Chunder
on Mar 13, 2006 -
Recommended data recovery places in New York City, specifically Manhattan? It shouldn't be a huge problem, but I don't want to just pick a name from the Yellow Pages. There is, of course, [more inside]
posted by booksandlibretti
on Feb 28, 2006 -
IPod help for a friend....
Sorry if this was asked before, I looked but didn't see it...
My friend has an IPod Nano and her laptop died. She lost her ITunes folders but still has all the music on the device.
How can she get it back without having to re-purchase all the songs? She'd afraid that when she syncs again, everything will be gone.
posted by keep it tight
on Feb 22, 2006 -
I'm trying to access some old backup CDs and can't remember what backup program I used to create them. The only thing Windows can see on the CDs is a README.txt file that says: "This disc is a backup CD. Except for this file the contents of this disc must be accessed using your backup software." The rest of the data is invisible and presumably in a proprietary backup format. I followed this advice to no avail.
Anybody know what backup program I used back then?
posted by ao4047
on Feb 10, 2006 -
I need to find people who can recover data from a broken hard-drive (featured previously here
I am in London (London, England that is) but Googling brings up such an array of hits I don't know how to choose. [more inside]
posted by Kiwi
on Feb 8, 2006 -
Can anyone recommend a company/service in the UK to recover data from a USB key?
posted by plep
on Feb 1, 2006 -
My dad fractured his hip. Need to hear about people's experiences with rehab and recovery. [more inside]
posted by picklebird
on Jan 14, 2006 -
I'm having trouble recovering my data from my external HDD after I used Carbon Cloner for Mac 10.4.3. [more inside]
posted by SeizeTheDay
on Dec 18, 2005 -
I screwed up and plugged the wrong power supply into a hard drive enclosure. After the sickly smell of fried electronics wafted up to my nose, I freaked out, unplugged everything, and disassembled the enclosure. The electronics controlling the enclosure? All fine. The hard drive, not so much. One of the IC's on the drive's controller PCB is fried. My question -- is this normal design for a hard drive enclosure? It seems to me that if the enclosure recieves incorrect voltages, it would be common sense to design some failsafe idiot-proofing to keep said incorrect voltages from reaching and frying the drive. [more inside]
posted by adamkempa
on Nov 13, 2005 -
I was messing around with nlite and ended up making some sort of change to my computer that I just can't figure out.
All is basically well except for one thing---
Every time I boot the computer the first menu says something like
"Press 'R' for Standard System Recovery Options "
Press 'F' for reformmting the drive and Q to quit
if i hit R i go to the recovery utility
HAVEN'T tried F for obvious reasons
and Q seems to read the boot ini file.
when i hit Q, my normal boot process works and All is OK.
However all subsequent reboots give me that same R, F and Q menu and I'd like to get back to just booting in to Windows.
Can anyone offer some advice as to how to tell the computer that all is well? i wouldn't want a family member to reboot the computer and select the wrong option.
I'm running Windows XP MCE.
posted by swisscheez
on Oct 28, 2005 -
On Tuesday, my boyfriend is having an anterior cervical fusion of C5 and C6 as a result of being on the weak end of a car-bicycle collision. He's in Los Angeles. I'm in Boston. I'm worried, and I have lots of questions. How can I help? [more inside]
posted by fuzzbean
on Oct 8, 2005 -
I'm hoping to recover some corrupted files that (I think) got messed up during a transfer to a Firewire drive. Could you be a lamb and step inside? [more inside]
posted by Hankins
on Aug 30, 2005 -
Entire drive crashed and lost all the data it contained. We've used lots of programs so far and managed to recover music, photos and movies that are less than 20. We are looking to recover movies that are over 20 but not having much luck. There are tons of really expensive programs but we don't want to shell out w/o some sort of idea how they work or if they are effective. HELP!
posted by mscatch22
on May 24, 2005 -
Is it at all possible to recover deleted files from OS X? What if they were deleted 6 months ago? [more inside]
posted by rough
on May 18, 2005 -
Is there any way to recover data from an external USB 2/Firewire hard drive that has apparently decided to stop working? [more inside]
posted by cathodeheart
on May 11, 2005 -
Have you or a family member gone through an ectopic pregnancy? How long did it take you to recover? [more inside]
posted by rhapsodie
on Apr 21, 2005 -
Once upon a time there was a Windows 2003 Standard Server. Then one day an automatic process filled the System Disk (C:) until it was 0 bytes free. The system still works, but login is busted. What can I do to fix it? 30k gifs inside. [more inside]
posted by cavalier
on Apr 5, 2005 -
I just closed out of the entire Word window, without thinking. I had two documents open, one of which was pretty important. When asked to save changes, I clicked no because I thought I was being asked about the unimportant document. AutoRecovery is on, but only every ten minutes, and so I still lost alot. Now normally I am a frequent saver, but I ended up tending to someone else for a second when my error hit. My question: is there anyway to reach a temp file or something on my system (10.3) that would allow me to manually recover my work?
posted by gastevens
on Apr 4, 2005 -
How long does it take for one to completely recover from an appendectomy? [more inside]
posted by Scottk
on Mar 24, 2005 -
So, I just got scammed for a couple hundred bucks. It's not going to break the bank, but does anyone have any advice for how to get over the emotional crap that comes along with getting bamboozled? (more inside)
posted by arielmeadow
on Jan 30, 2005 -
I broke my dominant arm on Sunday, and I'd like some tips for how to cope with the recovery process. [more inside]
posted by cmonkey
on Jan 25, 2005 -
HardDriveRecoveryFilter: wondering if there's anything I can do to recover data after a system crash other than formatting or a data recovery service. [...] [more inside]
posted by chicobangs
on Jan 17, 2005 -
Can anyone recommend a very good data recovery tool? After installing a new secondary HD, XP decided that my tertiary drive was corrupted and "fixed" it for me.
posted by geckoinpdx
on Jan 14, 2005 -