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Originally the "Tech Support Pits" were reports of the funniest tech support incidents, but over the years the column gradually shifted to answering tech support questions put forward by the readers of the Dear Webby Humor Letter.

This collection of computer and web advice was started partly because readers demanded an archive, and partly because some questions were asked again and again. Each page has a different day's Tech Support Pits column.

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Tech Support Pits column from Dear Webby's Humor Letter of
05/21/05: UN-delete lost files from camera memory

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From Carol=== Dear Webby, I accidentally deleted a picture from the memory card in my camera that I really wanted to keep. I have called all the camera shops in our area and nobody claims to be able to retrieve deleted photos from memory cards. Is this just a pipe dream of mine or is that photo really gone? I know I can retrieve deleted things from the computer, but is it possible to "undelete" from a camera memory card? Thanks! Carol Dear Carol The memory in your camera is like the RAM memory in your computer. Once something is cleared, it's gone for good. I always upload the entire chip to the computer and save that in a folder with the date as the name of it. That is the original archive, which I make READ ONLY and only use as a source. From there I copy pictures to working folders, where I edit, resize, etc. From there I copy the finished pictures to wherever I need them, for example a postcard site or the Humor Letter. If something goes wrong with a resize or edit, I still have the originals in the archive. Once I have made the originals READ ONLY on the computer, I wipe the camera chip clean and put it back into the camera. The same procedure might work for you too, or something different, but you should have some procedure figured out and stick to that religiously until it becomes habit. Have FUN! Dear Webby
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