web analytics
It can happen.... - Forno Bravo Forum: The Wood-Fired Oven Community



Photo Galleries are back! Instructions below.

Dear forum users,
Thank you for your patience with the Photo galleries. We've got your galleries online!
We have finished writing a custom script to migrate the PhotoPlog to vBulletin5’s albums.

Unfortunately V-Bulletin killed the "Photoplogs" in their software upgrade which was unforeseen and we're the first development group to have written a script for getting the galleries back... that said, it took some time to reverse engineer the code and get the albums to move over seamlessly!

Forum users will be able to access their “PhotoPlog” images through their user profile page by clicking on the “Media” tab.
They will also be able to browse other albums by going to the albums page. (On the forum site, there is a link in the black bar beside “Forums” to the albums.)

In order for users to create an album please follow the steps below.
1) Go to user profile page and click “Media”
2) Click Add Photos
3) Enter Photo Gallery Title in the first field
4) Click Upload or Select from Photo Album to add photos
5) Click Post
6) Once posted, the album will be created as a “Topic” on the albums page for the public to see. The topic title will be the “Photo Gallery Title” they created before uploading their photos.

To create this migration path we used vBulletin5’s default album structure. Unfortunately, it won’t work like the “PhotoPlog” but is an album/gallery component on the forum now.
See more
See less

It can happen....

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • It can happen....

    OK, So it finally happened to me. I thought my anitivirus anti adware and malware protection was doing its job, but obviously it wasn't. And of course I wasn't making complete backups of my files like I should have (but will in the future).

    Short story: when I shut the computer down on Friday night everything was working as it normally did. Saturday, upon starting the computer a totally different screen presented itself. The screen was like one gets on a new computer just out of the box. Did I want to take a tour of Windows XP? Set up an internet connection? Gone were all my files and folders. Gone too, was everything connected to my email and favorites. Just a empty machine with the programs ready to serve. Including my up-to-date Norton 2010.

    So, I thought I'll use the handy feature of XP called System Restore only to discover that each and every restore point selected was returned with "Unable to restore to that point, ..." So I tried advanced search or some such named "advanced user tool" that allowed me to look at the actual entries and found that although the restore points were listed and made boldface on the little calendar in fact the restore points were listed as "sr failed" in the log.

    I'm sorting it all out and have had to start over with a system recovery going back to when I purchased the machine. All lists of email and contacts will have to be recreated. All photos on the machine of my WFO construction gone as well as many others. Fortunately I never delete photos from my camera and so they have not really gone from existance. Cards are so inexpensive I just get a new card when one fills. It takes alot of photos to fill a 4 gig SD card. Still all in all a real PIA. But it could of been worse, we do no banking or financial record keeping on any machine connected online. I shutter to think how I would feel had this happened and I had been doing my taxes online.

    Best that I can determine it is some permutation of a piece of malware called "Vundo". Oh, after finding the empty entries I tried updating the Norton 2010 and it came in fine with the latest updates and a full system scan gave me the comforting yet wrong "No threats found", it appears Vundo is near on invisible to such protection. And from what I have discovered online I may still need to start over completely reformating the HD to rid my machine of this beast.

    I'm bringing in contacts from an old machine and will start from there. And from now on watch the restore points to see if they are real and of course back up my files.

    And later today will seek solace in a half rack of beer with a friend.


  • #2
    Re: It can happen....

    Been there - and it's no fun. Good luck with the re-build. I unfortunately lost all my pic's. At least the important ones are on the FB site.

    Check out my pictures here:

    If at first you don't succeed... Skydiving isn't for you.


    • #3
      Re: It can happen....

      My sympathy. I had a hard drive crash about 6 wks ago. Nothing was retrieveable. Thankfully we had burned all of our important pics to CDs, but lost everything esle. Bought a whole new system as well a an external HD that backs up everything automatically.



      • #4
        Re: It can happen....

        That is all so easy to overcome!!!
        Get a Mac!
        No viruses ever and no need to run protection!
        Just for validation, check with James.

        Prevention is better than cure, - do it right the first time!

        The more I learn, the more I realise how little I know

        Neill’s Pompeiii #1
        Neill’s kitchen underway


        • #5
          Re: It can happen....

          My hard drive died back in October. I did get a lot of important stuff backed up first, but it was a complete PITA. I'm still looking for a disk for my scanner, although I can make it function through another program, and lots of little things are gone that I didn't know I'd miss...

          A hard drive that automatically backs things up is invaluable, but wouldn't it get corrupted by the virus too?



          • #6
            Re: It can happen....

            I've had a few hard drives fail and I now employ a two part backup strategy: (1) A backup hard drive using "Time Machine" that comes with all Macs and also (2) Backblaze.com, which is an online service; there's a small app that runs in the background that constantly, securely backs up my files online. Because it's offsite, I'll still have my data if my house burns down or if my computer is stolen from my house.