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(AZ Family)   When selling your computer, you might think you've wiped out all your personal data from the computer's hard drive. But did you remember to do the same thing to your printer?   (azfamily.com) divider line 55
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2012-05-15 08:16:48 AM
I never sell my devices. I horde them forever. Doesn't everybody?
 
2012-05-15 08:29:29 AM
No I didn't do the same to my printer. But then again, when I'm selling my computer, I'm not selling my printer, so it doesn't really matter, then, does it?
 
2012-05-15 08:40:37 AM

SurfaceTension: No I didn't do the same to my printer. But then again, when I'm selling my computer, I'm not selling my printer, so it doesn't really matter, then, does it?


I would like to buy your printer.
 
2012-05-15 09:26:24 AM

Grables'Daughter: SurfaceTension: No I didn't do the same to my printer. But then again, when I'm selling my computer, I'm not selling my printer, so it doesn't really matter, then, does it?

I would like to buy your printer.


Oh, I'd love to sell you my hard drive.
 
2012-05-15 09:34:53 AM
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Remember to get rid of your printers properly.
 
2012-05-15 09:50:36 AM

RexTalionis: [familyolympics.files.wordpress.com image 640x337]
Remember to get rid of your printers properly.


Beat me to it. *sulks*
 
2012-05-15 09:51:39 AM
Oh, look, it's this story again.

Why do we need to be reminded every year or two that some commercial grade print/scan/copy devices have hard drives? Most of them advertise that they're farking document servers, where did you think the files were being stored, in the toner cartridge?

Gggaaahhh.... is it really that hard to take a few minutes to gain the SLIGHTEST understanding of the things you're buying before you buy them?
 
2012-05-15 09:55:29 AM

Splinshints: where did you think the files were being stored, in the toner cartridge?


I thought it was stored on that ribbon-looking thingy, like a cassette tape. I cut that bad boy off with some scissors and figure I'm good to go.
 
2012-05-15 09:57:13 AM

RexTalionis: I never sell my devices. I horde them forever. Doesn't everybody?


I have 4 floppy drives laying around, just in case.
 
2012-05-15 09:58:34 AM

RexTalionis: I never sell my devices. I horde them forever. Doesn't everybody?


Hold on, let me check the AppleWorks database I keep on my IIe...

...Dang Epson Dot Matrix is so slow.
 
2012-05-15 09:59:05 AM

RexTalionis: I never sell my devices. I horde them forever. Doesn't everybody?


For the Hoard!
 
2012-05-15 09:59:43 AM

RexTalionis: I never sell my devices. I horde them forever. Doesn't everybody?


I keep my printers until they die. I horde hundreds of dollars worth of incompatible ink cartridges that I bought for my old printers instead. That helps me save space.
 
2012-05-15 10:00:28 AM
I remember my first dot matrix printer. The sound of it printing made me feel so technological.
 
2012-05-15 10:02:18 AM
I have a stack of hard drives, dvds, cds, zip disks and floppies. Per my request, they will all be buried with me in my casket. In a couple of thousand years some anthropologist will dig me up and find all these devices. It will take future scientists years to figure out how to extract the data from them but eventually they will succeed and I will be declared "The King of Porn". At that point, my life will have had meaning.
 
2012-05-15 10:04:07 AM
I refuse to believe that any IT person worth their pay would wear a lab coat and stethoscope as a gimmick.
 
2012-05-15 10:04:39 AM
We bought a used copier for my office. The copier place left it with us for a few days to decide if we liked it or not. I ended up getting the corporate and personal tax returns (including social security numbers) from the previous owner, client lists, price sheets labeled as confidential/internal use only, and a variety of other documents. I deleted everything, but first called the previous owner and asked why they got rid of the copier and how they would rate its performance. I told them I found an old letter head in the paper tray. We actually bought it based on their recommendation.
 
2012-05-15 10:05:14 AM

RexTalionis: I never sell my devices. I horde them forever. Doesn't everybody?


By the time I want to get rid of something, it's too obsolete to sell. The small amount I would get isn't even worth the trouble of selling it.
 
2012-05-15 10:05:58 AM

bim1154: I remember my first dot matrix printer. The sound of it printing made me feel so technological.


What a horrible racket those printers made. Happy to have that noise fade into history. Along with modem handshaking shrieks.
 
2012-05-15 10:09:12 AM

Blushing Wall Flower: Splinshints: where did you think the files were being stored, in the toner cartridge?

I thought it was stored on that ribbon-looking thingy, like a cassette tape. I cut that bad boy off with some scissors and figure I'm good to go.


My father's company had a GIANT commercial dot matrix printer back in the early 70's and I was really disappointed when I grew up and found out that the metallic print head cable didn't push the print head back and forth on the bar.
 
2012-05-15 10:09:29 AM

Erebus1954: bim1154: I remember my first dot matrix printer. The sound of it printing made me feel so technological.

What a horrible racket those printers made. Happy to have that noise fade into history. Along with modem handshaking shrieks.


"1954"... very good year. :)
 
2012-05-15 10:14:58 AM
Hey, remember single-use carbon-film ribbons you could simply read?

They used to throw away a lot of something called "carbon paper" too.
 
2012-05-15 10:15:50 AM

IrateShadow: I refuse to believe that any IT person worth their pay would wear a lab coat and stethoscope as a gimmick.


A computer store in Austin had their workers dress in lab coats and hats. Can't recall the name of the store.
 
2012-05-15 10:16:43 AM
For years I've just taken all of my old computer equipment to a field to shoot it. No worries here.
 
2012-05-15 10:22:16 AM

RexTalionis: I never sell my devices. I horde them forever. Doesn't everybody?


I call it my 'basementware'.
 
2012-05-15 10:22:54 AM

Erebus1954: bim1154: I remember my first dot matrix printer. The sound of it printing made me feel so technological.

What a horrible racket those printers made. Happy to have that noise fade into history. Along with modem handshaking shrieks.


(Reading this as I hear the dot matrix printer printing multi-part forms next door...)

I wish.
 
2012-05-15 10:24:02 AM

RexTalionis: I never sell my devices. I horde them forever. Doesn't everybody?


I can say first hand that's a big no. I Know because I horde devices that I buy use or that are given to me. My current main computer is a 2004 HP Pavillion zd8000, a expensive as hell laptop that is now slightly more powerful then a cheap netbook. I got it from a friend, who got it from his architect dad, who bought it new. In my 25 years I have had 4 Ataris, 6 NES, a Genesis, a Saturn, 2 Playstation, 2 PS2, a Xbox, a Xbox 360, and a GB color. Only the GBC and one PS2 were new. It's about the same for most my stuff, it's called being poor.
 
2012-05-15 10:24:17 AM

SwiftFox: Hey, remember single-use carbon-film ribbons you could simply read?

They used to throw away a lot of something called "carbon paper" too.


Dammit. We still use these too for thermal transfer labels.
 
2012-05-15 10:27:06 AM

Harry Freakstorm: I have a stack of hard drives, dvds, cds, zip disks and floppies. Per my request, they will all be buried with me in my casket. In a couple of thousand years some anthropologist will dig me up and find all these devices. It will take future scientists years to figure out how to extract the data from them but eventually they will succeed and I will be declared "The King of Porn". At that point, my life will have had meaning.


Since there won't be any porn then, they'll probably think you were a dermatologist, or psychotherapist.
 
2012-05-15 10:29:19 AM
Everyone knows the important printer data is stored in the cable -- not the data cable, but the other one that plugs into the wall socket. At least that's what they said on Burn Notice.
 
2012-05-15 10:33:39 AM

Mirrorz: For years I've just taken all of my old computer equipment to a field to shoot it. No worries here.


Same here.
make recycling fun.
 
2012-05-15 10:35:36 AM
Porn is timeless:

http://www.libidomag.com/nakedbrunch/archive/europorn06.html
 
2012-05-15 10:35:36 AM

BitwiseShift: Everyone knows the important printer data is stored in the cable -- not the data cable, but the other one that plugs into the wall socket. At least that's what they said on Burn Notice.


Nonesense. It is actually stored in the outlet itself. You only need a knife to get it out.
 
2012-05-15 10:37:26 AM
FTA: "If you really want to understand what a third party can find on your printer, disconnect it from your computer and dig around the settings to see what you can find."

Man, that's some world-class advice right there. "Sure, clueless person, you'll find it right there in the settings. Just unclick the box that says 'Save my personal information on imaginary hardware' and you'll be fine!"
 
2012-05-15 10:38:30 AM

Harry Freakstorm: I have a stack of hard drives, dvds, cds, zip disks and floppies. Per my request, they will all be buried with me in my casket. In a couple of thousand years some anthropologist will dig me up and find all these devices. It will take future scientists years to figure out how to extract the data from them but eventually they will succeed and I will be declared "The King of Porn". At that point, my life will have had meaning.


There would be those that are ahead of you.

NSFW in a old way
 
2012-05-15 10:39:44 AM
What's a printer?
 
2012-05-15 10:50:09 AM
with the old dot matrix printers, did anyone else tear off the edges with holes in them and fold them together to make these little spiral / DNA strand looking paper sculptures?
 
2012-05-15 10:53:36 AM
Splinshints:

Gggaaahhh.... is it really that hard to take a few minutes to gain the SLIGHTEST understanding of the things you're buying before you buy them?


No, that would require more than simply flipping through the glossy catalog from Staples or Office Depot and buying the device at full MSRP because it looks pretty.

I work at a midsized organization (roughly 500 people) and I'm continually surprised about what people consider to be "computers" versus "other non-computing devices". Basically, if it's not a PC or laptop, it's assumed that it doesn't need to be subjected to the same scrutiny for security requirements. So we have other departments buying various electronics that show up in the IT department for implementation, where they are sent immediately back to the purchasing department with a piece of paper that says "return this to the vendor".
 
2012-05-15 10:54:56 AM

RexTalionis: I never sell my devices. I horde them forever. Doesn't everybody?


I take them out and pound the crap out of them with my 5 lb sledge hammer, but occasionally I shoot them.
 
2012-05-15 10:55:34 AM

Farxist Marxist: Porn is timeless: http://www.libidomag.com/nakedbrunch/archive/europorn06.html


From the link: depicting women in a harem setting was extremely common in pornography because it suggested that women underneath it all -- and given half a chance -- were really sex crazed creatures.

Now they tell me!
 
2012-05-15 11:02:12 AM

Splinshints: Oh, look, it's this story again.

Why do we need to be reminded every year or two that some commercial grade print/scan/copy devices have hard drives? Most of them advertise that they're farking document servers, where did you think the files were being stored, in the toner cartridge?

Gggaaahhh.... is it really that hard to take a few minutes to gain the SLIGHTEST understanding of the things you're buying before you buy them?


Perhaps these consumers could read an article about it?

You're incensed that people don't understand how the tech works AND that people write articles explaining how the tech works? What is it like to be you?
 
2012-05-15 11:04:42 AM

bmr68: IrateShadow: I refuse to believe that any IT person worth their pay would wear a lab coat and stethoscope as a gimmick.

A computer store in Austin had their workers dress in lab coats and hats. Can't recall the name of the store.


Do they also claim that they would have to charge $3000 to send your computer off to a clean room to check out its memory?

/why yes, I have see it happen
 
2012-05-15 11:05:10 AM
"it's actually stored in the outlet- you only need a knife to get it out"

Try a bobby pin- it has a special "key" that gets the data out much faster.
 
2012-05-15 11:08:27 AM

Splinshints: Oh, look, it's this story again.

Why do we need to be reminded every year or two that some commercial grade print/scan/copy devices have hard drives? Most of them advertise that they're farking document servers, where did you think the files were being stored, in the toner cartridge?


Because people forget and/or don't pay attention. I usually have to do a "DON'T CLICK ON THE FROGDAMMED LINK JUST BECAUSE IT'S THERE" email to my coworkers at LEAST twice a year. And some will still click the damn link.
 
2012-05-15 11:10:26 AM

fustanella: RexTalionis: I never sell my devices. I horde them forever. Doesn't everybody?

For the Hoard Whore'd!


FTFE
 
2012-05-15 11:16:44 AM
JMacPA: "You're incensed that people don't understand how the tech works AND that people write articles explaining how the tech works? What is it like to be you?"

+1 Internet
 
2012-05-15 11:23:22 AM

Erebus1954: bim1154: I remember my first dot matrix printer. The sound of it printing made me feel so technological.

What a horrible racket those printers made. Happy to have that noise fade into history. Along with modem handshaking shrieks.


It's a good thing you could turn the modem speaker off. I ran a BBS for a while; even the thing calling/answering with it off kinda drove me bonkers.
 
2012-05-15 11:29:29 AM
This is one of many important lessons I learned from Burn Notice. The greatness of mojitos is another.
 
2012-05-15 11:33:56 AM

SwiftFox: Hey, remember single-use carbon-film ribbons you could simply read?

They used to throw away a lot of something called "carbon paper" too.


Plenty of current fax machines use a huge roll of carbon that you can just pull out and read every document it's received, including pictures.
 
2012-05-15 11:37:04 AM
I was just sure this was going to be another 'moron busted for kiddy porn' story....
 
2012-05-15 11:53:49 AM

IrateShadow: I refuse to believe that any IT person worth their pay would wear a lab coat and stethoscope as a gimmick.


The lab coat is typically laced with embedded conductive fibers, and is anti-static. The stethoscope can be used for diagnosing mechanical issues, such as a hard drive head scraping the platter due to an unbalanced drive platter.

Not a gimmick at all, really.
 
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