Crays, SB1105, Texas state law (was: Re: Hardest to Find Classic Computers ....)

From: Doc <>
Date: Sun Dec 16 22:19:20 2001

On Sun, 16 Dec 2001, Tothwolf wrote:

> UT is required to remove all data from the machines they send TDC. Most
> warehouses wipe the drives in the PC machines (only drives with
> fat16/fat32 format), and remove and scrap any drives that don't fit that
> profile. Some warehouses simply remove all drives and scrap them.
> Scrapping always means rendering the drive completely useless. Some
> warehouses drill holes in the drives, and some run them thru an industrial
> chipper. Even worse, they never remove the mounting brackets from the
> drives before scrapping them.

I forgot to add that if you read the law carefully, the OS and installed
programs are specifically exempt from removal. Which is, in the case of
PCs especially, insane. Most Windows users have no idea where they're
storing data, and very few departmental "computer guys" are patient
enough to thoroughly check a PC for data files, email, bookmark files,
or whatever. IMNSHO that's Windows' single biggest sin - you can put any
file you want anywhere you want to. Or delete same. Back on track,
though, that provision leaves the doors open for a very wide range of

Received on Sun Dec 16 2001 - 22:19:20 GMT

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