Computers & Mobile
Melting down your data
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If you’ve read any of the scary articles or seen segments on TV news magazines about ID theft and data piracy, you know that, somewhere in some heavy-metal-polluted shanty town on the south China coast, someone might be scanning a hard drive you threw out years ago, looking for marketable data before they boil out the metals in fuming drum vats.

So, what do you do? Here’s one extreme solution (if you have a crucible and furnace handy): drive slagging.

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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