How to recover deleted Data from internal memory of an Android Smartphone or Tablet

Yes, despite what you may have heard, it is possible to recover lost or deleted files from the internal storage of an Android mobile device. This is assuming the phone or tablet is operational and you can set it in to Debugging mode.

The following procedure will work with most devices, specifically:

  1. Samsung
  2. HTC
  3. Alcatel
  4. Huawei

Please note it’ll also work for the following Android OS:

  1. Android 1.6. Donut
  2. Android 2.1. Eclair
  3. Android 2.2. Froyo
  4. Android 2.3. Gingerbread
  5. Android 3.0. Honeycomb
  6. Android 4.0. Ice Cream Sandwich
  7. Android 4.4. KitKat

It will not work on Android 4.1. Jelly Bean as UMS (USB Mass Storage) option is not available.

So let’s begin.

How to Recover Data from an Android device – Connect like an External Harddrive

First, you need to set your smartphone to be seen as an external storage device, you need to go into Developer mode and change the Android settings on the phone or tablet.

For Android 2.1-2.3.7 devices, use the following instructions:

  1. Click on Menu
  2. Click on Settings
  3. Click on Applications
  4. Click on Development
  5. Click on USB debugging

For Android 4.0-4.1.2 devices, use the following instructions:

  1. Open Setting
  2. Click on ….
  3. Select USB utilities
  4. Select Connect Storage to PC

For Android 4.0-4.1.2 devices, use the following instructions:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Click on About Phone/Tablet
  3. Click on Build Number at the end of the Scroll list
  4. Click on Build Number 7 times

Android 4.2 smartphone or tablets do not have an easily available option for USB Debugging option. But it isn’t missing, just well hidden. To get to the Developer mode, use the following instructions:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Click on About Phone/Tablet
  3. Click on “Build Number” at the end of the Scroll list
  4. Click on “Build Number” repeatedly for 7 times

Good to note at the third tap you’ll be told that you only have 4 more taps to go; so keep tapping until it switches over to developer mode.

Recovery time – My favourite Data Recovery pics

Once you are in Developer mode, then do the following to recover data.

  1. Connect your phone/tablet to your PC via a USB cable
  2. Pull down the status bar
  3. Select USB connected
  4. Select the button which reads Connect storage to PC

Reconnect the USB cable and try again until you see this option. Then once it is detected as a Removable memory with an assigned drive letter, you root the device using Khangoroot.

Then you can launch any recovery software program (Deer, 2013, August 3). My preferred data recovery software choices are:

  1. AnyMP4 Android Data Recovery
  2. File Recovery Ultimate 15.0.5
  3. iLike Android Data Recovery Pro
  4. Active@ File Recovery Ultimate 15.0.5
  5. Wondershare Dr.Fone for Android
  6. Aiseesoft Android Data Recovery
  7. EaseUS MobiSaver for Android
  8. Remo Recover for Android
  9. Recuva Pro
  10. Getdata’s Recover My Files

When recovery is complete, use Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media option to eject the device and turn off USB Debugging mode on the Android device. Sharing is caring so share this post with as many of your friends as you can.

References:

  1. Deer, L. (2013, August 3). How to recover Data from your Damaged Thumb Drive or ZIP Archive. Retrieved from http://geezam.com/how-to-recover-data-from-your-damaged-thumb-drive-or-zip-archive/

Jamaica College wins Prizes at United States First Robotics Competition in February 2017

“It wasn’t really much of a surprise because we put in a lot of work. None of this would be possible without our coaches’ help, sponsors and the whole team working together. It is a really good feeling and we are proud that we have not only represented Jamaica College but Jamaica and the Caribbean”

Dimario Campbell, president and captain of the team commenting on the performance of Jamaica College at the United States First Robotics Competition

Jamaica College has done it yet again. This time they’ve entered the United States First Robotics Competition, held in New York in February 2017 (The Jamaica Gleaner, 2017, March 7) and walked away with a number of sectional prizes, including:

  • The Inspire Award
  • The Motivator Award

I say yet again as this is not the first time (Jamaicans.com, March 2016) that they’re reached this level. the Jamaica College Robotics Club had entered the USFRS back in March 2016 and had competed at the University of Scranton in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Back then, they’d also won the Motivate Award, advancing to the FRC USFIRST Robotics National Championship in St. Louis, Missouri, which was then held on April 27 to 30 2016.

Jamaica college was in face the only Caribbean School to enter the competition, which is surprising given the number of Robotics Programs such as Vybz Kartel Robotics Camp in Portmore (Deer, 2016, September 6) and Supreme Ventures funds Junior Creators Robotics Summer Camp (Deer, 2016, August 5) held back in 2016.

Principal of JC, Wayne Robinson hopes to qualify for the World Championships in April 2017, pointing to the potential rewards, quote: “It’s a competition which gives opportunities for students, usually for high school. We were the only Caribbean school there competing with other areas of the world”.

They did, however, encounter some difficulties related to financing their two (2) Robotics teams, quote: “We won a number of awards for our performances. As a matter of fact, we had to merge the two teams into one, because even though both teams moved on to the second round, we couldn’t afford to carry both teams to the next round because we didn’t have the resources to fix one of the robots”.

Still the victories were well deserved as the JC team put a lot of effort into their showing, including a couple all-nighters, to quote president and captain of the team Dimario Campbell:  “As high-school students, we had to manage both schoolwork and robotics. It was very challenging, but the team made it work. Sometimes we are here from as early as 6:30 in the morning and the first place we head to is the robotics lab to get work done. We leave sometimes at 10/11 o’clock in the night, so it was a lot of sleepless nights”.

Despite the financial resource constraints, JC Robotics Team persisted and has now place Jamaica on the map a country serious about robotics!

References:

  1. Deer, L. (2016, August 5). Supreme Ventures funds Junior Creators Robotics Summer Camp. Retrieved from http://geezam.com/junior-creators-robotics-summer-camp/
  2. Deer, L. (2016, September 6). Vybz Kartel Official VK Line launches robotics camp for High Schools in Portmore. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2016/09/06/official-vk-line-launches-robotics-camp/
  3. The Jamaica Gleaner. (2017, March 7). Jamaica College Robotics Team Shines On International Stage. Retrieved from http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/news/20170307/jamaica-college-robotics-team-shines-international-stage

Pizza Hut wins 2016 Pepsi Award for Sales Growth as Little Caesars’ comes to Jamaica

“Pizza Hut Jamaica ended 2016 with double-digit sales growth over the previous year, and welcomed the newest addition to the Pizza Hut Jamaica family in January 2017, Pizza Hut Whitter Village”

Managing Director of Restaurants of Jamaica Mark Myers, commenting on the growth of Pizza Hut in Jamaica

Pizza Hut Jamaica which is a part of the Restaurants of Jamaica franchise, recently won the 2016 Pepsi Award for Top Sales Growth (The Jamaica Gleaner, 2017, February 20) at the 2016 YUM Franchise Week held in Miami, Florida.

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Restaurants of Jamaica employs more than 2,000 persons in 45 restaurants islandwide and owners of the KFC Jamaica, which also won the Market of the Year at the 2016 YUM Franchise Week for the second year running.

Jamaicans are slowly developing an insatiable hunger for fast food! Pizza is the latest obsession, evident to anyone that works in a Call Center. Already there are three (3) pizza companies in Jamaica:

  1. Pizza Hut
  2. Dominoes
  3. Little Caesars’

Little Caesars’, coming under the banner of Restaurant Associates, the operators of the Burger King and Popeye’s franchises (Graham, 2016, December 28), has launched five (5) restaurants in Jamaica (Anderson, 2017, January 19) with more to come.

This is a really big deal for Restaurants of Jamaica. So what is their secret formula?

Pizza Hut – Deliver Wherever, whenever may include Lionfish

Delivery is their secret weapon; Pizza hut is willing to deliver pizza wherever, whenever as pointed out by Pizza Hut Jamaica’s marketing director, Tina Matalon, quote: “We recognise that delivery is a key factor for pizza consumers, so we make improving the delivery platform a priority for our brand. Innovation and development is something that we are always focusing on at Pizza Hut Jamaica and is a contributor to our continued success”.

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The company is expanding, recently opening yet another location, this time in the Whitter Village, Ironshore (The Jamaica Gleaner, 2017, January 12) serving the Montego Bay, St James area and has quite a lot of staff as Managing director of Restaurants of Jamaica Mark Myers points out, quote: “This restaurant employs 30 team members, bringing the total employed to the brand to more than 400. This reinforces our commitment to job creation as we continue to expand the brand locally”.

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Pizza Hut is known for pushing the envelope of innovation, as was the case with their Doritos Crunchy Stuffed Crust Pizza (The Jamaica Gleaner, 2016, July 21) back in July 2016. Hopefully this means that lionfish (Deer, 2016, December 5) pizza is on the menu, as with three (3) pizza fast food providers in Jamaica, a dash of local flavour would make them really stand out.

References:

  1. The Jamaica Gleaner. (2016, July 21). Crunched – Doritos And Pizza Hut Take Taste And Innovation To Another Level. Retrieved from http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/food/20160721/crunched-doritos-and-pizza-hut-take-taste-and-innovation-another-level
  2. Deer, L. (2016, December 5). How Rainforest Seafoods Lionfish will end up as Mother’s Lionfish Patty. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2016/12/05/lionfish-fillet/
  3. Graham, N. (2016, December 28). Little Caesars Pizza Chain Now In Jamaica. Retrieved from http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/business/20161228/little-caesars-pizza-chain-now-jamaica
  4. The Jamaica Gleaner. (2017, January 12). New Pizza Hut In Town. Retrieved from http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/food/20170112/new-pizza-hut-town
  5. Anderson, K. (2017, January 19). Little Caesars Comes To Town. Retrieved from http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/food/20170119/little-caesars-comes-town
  6. The Jamaica Gleaner. (2017, February 20). Pizza Hut Jamaica Remains High Performer In Local Market. Retrieved from http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/news/20170220/pizza-hut-jamaica-remains-high-performer-local-market

10 Steps to becoming more confident despite your own fears

Confidence. It’s that intangible thing which makes the difference between feeling scared and feeling powerful.

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When you feel confident, you are unstoppable and it seems like your path is laid out clearly in front of you. When you lack confidence, however, you can feel afraid, and sometimes all you can see ahead is the possibility of failure.

At some stage in our lives almost all of us will need to conquer our lack of confidence. (I’ve certainly been there!) The question is, how do you do it?

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Oftentimes coaching and transformation can bring about an increased level of confidence. (One of the many great by-products of the process.) While this does not happen overnight and there is no magic pill, the following are some strategies I have found that work wonders when working with clients.

Get out of your comfort zone

When you do the things that you think you can’t, your comfort zone will continue to expand. Even doing something seemingly small every day will lead you to something bigger. You will grow and will begin to feel unstoppable. Just take that first step.

Be yourself — unapologetically

Remember, you can’t control others or what they think. Wayne Dyer believes that if you ask 30 people their opinions of you, you are likely to find you have 30 different reputations. Strive to observe and witness others’ opinions, rather than being attached to them. Find a personal style that feels great to you. Dress well, in the clothing you feel is very you. Live your life the way you feel is right.

Acknowledge your fears. Fear is normal

The key is to not let it debilitate you. Recognizing your fears will not make them come true. It’s best to acknowledge and address the fears rather than not face them. Write out what you are afraid of and what you will do to mitigate those fears.

Let go of the idea of perfectionism

Striving to be perfect can cause self-doubt (as well as “stuckness”). Give yourself permission to make mistakes. Not allowing yourself to make mistakes will halt your growth. Overthinking can do the same.

Keep reminders of your awesomeness

Jack Canfield says, “Self-acknowledgment and appreciation are what give you the insights and awareness to move forward toward higher goals and accomplishments.” Make a list of the qualities that are fabulously YOU. Acknowledge your own achievements. Revisit this list when you feel down.

Find what makes you feel confident — physically

I recently worked with a woman who said that she literally gets a physical feeling when she feels confident. (I agree; confidence is not just in the mind.) I asked her to pay attention to what she is doing when she feels that feeling, and do more of that. One thing she came up with was listening to a specific song in the car. When she listens to it she feels awesome. Simple.

Be mindful of your body language

This takes a level of self-awareness and presence. As I took dance classes throughout my childhood, I frequently heard the teacher announce, “Heads up and shoulders back! Stand up straight and tall!” Give it a shot. Walk and move with purpose. It makes a world of difference rather than walking slouched with our heads down, which makes us feel low and sends out a negative impression to the people around you. Watch for folded arms and slouched posture, and for fidgeting with your hands. Smile and make eye contact.

Practice assertiveness

When you address your own needs, miracles happen. So ask for what you want. I dare you.

Think confidently

Placing your focus on the worst possible outcome can cause you unnecessary anxiety, and stop you taking action. Use your energy to acknowledge that there are an endless number of outcomes. What you focus on expands. See the results you want and they are likely to happen.

Forgive yourself when you’re beating yourself up

Remember that you can begin anew any day. Your past does not predict your future. Implementing some of these items can help you overcome the limitations that a lack of confidence imposes on you, and guide you as you find the power within to start changing your world.

Feeling more confident is one part of living a happier, more fulfilling life.

 

Ravn Rae, owner of Mez and the Ministry of Health plan to require prescription for ecigarettes

“I have to ensure the decision is a right one because, as a small business owner, I have limited resources”

Ravn Rae, owner of Mez, Jamaica’s first vape and smoking supplies store

Vaping and hookas are getting a boost in Jamaica.

Especially now that Ravn Rae has opened Jamaica’s first vape (Scott, 2017, February 15) and smoking supplies store. The UTECH graduate started her business due to demand Vaping supplies and electronic cigarettes.

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Her business, which is four (4) years strong, is the result of hard work and research, after noticing that ecigarettes and vaping products are only available for purchase online. She saw an opportunity and thus launched into business, educating herself along the way, to quote Ravn Rae: “I researched the items for over a year, I went to trade shows and I created a network of supplies”.

The Ministry of Health plans to make available via prescription (Deer, 2014, September 24) in the near future, as they are an alternative treatment for people trying to quit smoking. Good to note here that the Ministry of Health has banned smoking in Jamaica (Deer, 2013, September 29), so this possibility is very much on the cards.

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As for Ravn Rae, North coast expansion is in her eyes as her islandwide deliveries pick up steam, quote: “I make a lot of island-wide deliveries and my aim is to provide these products and goods for the Jamaican people”.

References

  1. Deer, L. (2013, September 29). Adventists want Ban on Vehicle Pollution as Smoking Ban looms on Monday July 15th 2013. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2013/06/adventists-want-ban-on-vehicle.html
  2. Deer, L. (2014, September 24). How Ministry of Health and Jamaica Customs Agency e-cigarette Mix-up hints at Prescription e-cigarettes. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2014/09/ministry-of-health-bans-e-cigarettes.html
  3. Scott, S. (2017, February 15). Young People in Business: Ravn Rae taps into alternative smoking industry. Retrieved from http://www.loopjamaica.com/content/young-people-business-ravn-rae-taps-alternative-smoking-industry