rarest computers. was: RE: Xerox Alto Restoration + Emulation

From: SHAUN RIPLEY <vax3900_at_yahoo.com>
Date: Tue Aug 3 09:28:37 2004

--- John Allain <allain_at_panix.com> wrote:

> > For example, I have e-birthday cards sent to an
> > secretary by her colleagues; emails from her
> husband
> > explaining...
> COMPLETELY unethical to spend more than a minute
> reading such
> personal stuff IMHO. It is a partially the fault of
> the previous owner,
> partially the fault of the O/S vendor to not
> sterilize the machine before
> getting it out, but I don't think that exonerates
> you. If we are to be
> respected in this hobby I think we should step up
> and give personal
> data honorable burial.
> This will someday happen: Someone will do something
> really unethical
> with thrown HD information and various localities
> will have to install
> shredding equipment for incoming computers.
> Greenwich seems to already be doing a variant of
> this.
Well... I am not that bad. First, I knew how to
extract three PERMANENT university email
account/password information from those HDs but I
didn't do that but deleted those files. Second, I
didn't show anybody else the files. My intention was
to give the files back to the original owner (if I can
find them) but I dropped that idea after I read them.
My fault was that I read them with curiosity. I keep
them because they have information... The information
will be lost forever if I type in the delete command.
What do you do with your kids' 'art work' from
daycare/preschool? When you have no room for them you
understand the dilemma I was facing.
vax, 3900

> John A.
> Los Alamos, NM
> (Now I'm joking)

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