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From: Max Eskin <maxeskin_at_hotmail.com>
Date: Sat Apr 4 08:28:08 1998

><< This struck a chord with me...
> >protection of data/software contained on the machine or disks. If you
buy a
> >camcorder at a consignment or pawn shop and the last owners left a
tape of
> >their after-hours playtime in the camcorder, is it my responsibility
> erase,
> >safeguard or return it? I think not. I feel the same should apply to
> personal
OK, my father's car was stolen once, and when we got it back, we
found a tape in it (apparently of a counseling session) that wasn't
there before. Is it our responsibility to erase it?
>i'd be willing to argue this somewhat. as an example, my brother gave
me a
>complete ps2 model 30 that was literally being thrown in the trash. the
>company he worked for was upgrading their computers. when i finally got
a hold
>of it, i looked at all the data on the machine. i found some personal
>from someone who evidently used it such as resume, job history, etc in
>addition to work specific to that company. there was also a few other
>on it, such as xtree, wp51, lotus and procomm. as i deleted the data
>keeping the applications, i felt no responsibility to the previous
user. it
>may not be politically correct, but i will save any applications i find
on the
>computers i pick up.
I save my programs too, at least to check what they are. Once I've
checked, I generally wish never to see the program again (weird games
that have no way to quit them, strange finance programs, etc.)

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