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An IT guy working in scientific environments and trying to make the world a little better place.


Aug
10
awarded  Popular Question
Jul
2
awarded  Curious
May
3
awarded  Constituent
Apr
22
awarded  Caucus
Apr
1
revised Securely erasing all data from a hard drive
added 71 characters in body
Apr
1
comment Securely erasing all data from a hard drive
@rob: Okay, let's be clear: You made a comment to an answer that was over four years old: I no longer remember what I was thinking at the time, exactly what I read, or what I was doing; however, I did link to that article, so the reader could get all the details if they wanted to bother. Also, while damaging the drive would affect the re-sale value of the system, the question doesn't expressly say that damage is to be avoided. However, you win, I've edited the answer.
Mar
31
comment Securely erasing all data from a hard drive
@rob: Well, perhaps I misread the wikipedia article's history. As for keeping the drive operational, there are other answers - most with mor upvotes than mine - which suggest destroying the drive and one which simply suggests replacing it.
Mar
30
comment Securely erasing all data from a hard drive
@rob: Unless I'm mistaken, the history of the article shows that the section you refer to was added after this answer was entered. Also, damaging the media may not be that bad if you want to be sure the data isn't retrievable. In that case, the seller might have to provide a new drive or take a price hit to sell the system.
Mar
28
comment Commuting with a laptop that is powered on
@deed02392: I've got a four year old HP laptop with a dead video card that attests to the risks of overheating.
Jan
8
awarded  Popular Question
Sep
8
awarded  Popular Question
Jan
12
awarded  Analytical
Jan
7
comment How to select latest added file using Putty
How is this related to putty? To my understanding, this is a shell/scripting issue, in which case it may be useful to know the shell you are using (bash, tcsh, zsh, etc.). Putty may be the program you use to connect to the system you're using, but I don't know of a way to directly use it to accomplish what you want.
Jan
7
accepted How to set environment variables for Xfce windowing environment
Jan
7
comment How to set environment variables for Xfce windowing environment
I had edited that file ... but didn't have the correct path to the file with the customized environment variables. Doh! Thanks.
Oct
16
awarded  Tumbleweed
Oct
11
awarded  Suffrage
Oct
11
awarded  Vox Populi
Oct
11
answered `which python` points to the python I want, but `python` runs the wrong version
Oct
11
comment Any shortcut for “cd ..”?
Nice. I had something like this for VMS DCL when I worked on that, but didn't really think about it when I moved to Unix and its variants.