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Posted: 6/14/2009 5:11:24 AM EST
So I'm cutting the grass at this office I do for some spare money. I always look in the dumpster because I have found some good shit there in the past. Lo and behold, yesterday, I peek in and I see a tower for a desktop computer along with three speakers, two of them mini units and one big bastard with a woofer. Snatch! I hooked up the tower last night to find it in perfect running order. Windows XP Pro, 1.8 Gig Pentium4, 512 RAM, and about 160 G hard drive. Also, the stupid bastard that used to have it appearantly just unhooked it and chunked it in the shit can. That computer is full of personal info, pictures, documents, etc. It's also got Turbo Tax on it from back to 2004 with tax returns for the previous owner, his wife, kids, and other people he does taxes for. Addresses, Social Security numbers, DOB, the whole boat. And that guy who chunked it has money. I'll never say anything about it to the guy, but that stupid bastard better thank his lucky stars that I found it rather than somebody who is up to no good. I'm just gonna delete all that shit so it doesn't fall into the wrong hands and use the computer for myself. How in the fuck can somebody be that ignoant these days? Identity theft is rampant these days and he just chunks five years of tax returns into an unsecured dumpster on an unsecured computer. Goofy bastard. If I hadn't found it, it could have been very bad.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 5:14:48 AM EST
If I were you, I woiuld reinstall the OS if it is in the partition, and also send the fellow an ananomous letter, this fellow needs to understand what he did.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 5:15:01 AM EST
May want to wipe the whole hard drive or get a different one. There is probably a reason it was found in a dumpster without someone taking the time to clear out there stuff.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 5:17:08 AM EST
it's a trap...
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 5:21:20 AM EST
Could be kiddie porn in there!!!!!
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 5:23:19 AM EST
Originally Posted By Furyataurus:
Could be kiddie porn in there!!!!!


THIS
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 5:24:27 AM EST

Originally Posted By Furyataurus:
Could be kiddie porn in there!!!!!

And I didn't hear anything about finding the tracking device. Which means it's still in the computer.

Link Posted: 6/14/2009 5:24:34 AM EST
My mom works at the office and knows the guy who dumped it. Appearantly, he just wanted a new work computer. Far as I can tell, there's no German child poop porn on it, but I'll give it a thorough combing-through. My other computer is Vista though. If I scrub the HD, will it take out the OS or not? How do you even do the HD on an XP system? Do you need a CD or something?
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 5:25:06 AM EST
Kiddie porn!

What is your name and address?

I have to report you now

Link Posted: 6/14/2009 5:34:40 AM EST
Print off the first page of the last three years' tax returns and mail them to the guy along with an offer to "purchase" your hard drive for the reasonable sum of $1000.

Link Posted: 6/14/2009 5:36:24 AM EST
Good find. But, I am more intrigued with the.........I always look through the dumpster.....part of the story!
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 5:41:45 AM EST
Originally Posted By Drsalee:
Good find. But, I am more intrigued with the.........I always look through the dumpster.....part of the story!


I was stationed with a guy in Germany who was a die hard dumpster diver.
He had the nicest room in the barracks. Especially if a unit came back from deployment a lot of them would toss out furniture / electronics that was a year old or less.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 5:46:33 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/14/2009 5:48:59 AM EST by goodoleboy]
He probably had child porn on it..Explain that way if the cops come..Owner claims it was stolen on xx date, you claim different, yet have the computer with the bad stuff "erased" at least from what you can see.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 5:49:06 AM EST
Turn on comp.
Whan first screen (bios ?) comes up hit F10, then hit F10 agin.
Systom should return to original condition at purchase. Anything that was not there at that time will be removed (both files and software).
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 5:58:36 AM EST
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 6:02:04 AM EST

Originally Posted By Quintin:
Originally Posted By NoVaGator:
it's a trap...


This. People just don't throw shit like that in dumpsters.

You want to put some money up on that?

I've seen some very good/new things tossed.

Link Posted: 6/14/2009 6:03:29 AM EST
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 6:04:30 AM EST
My guess is the dumbass that chunked it was going to come get it from the dumpster and you got to it first. He gets a 'new'pc for home and a new one at the office. I would chunk the drive if you have another OS to put on it. Even buying XP could be cheaper than buying the entire pc.SS
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 6:06:20 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/14/2009 6:08:36 AM EST by Observer]

Originally Posted By Drsalee:
Good find. But, I am more intrigued with the.........I always look through the dumpster.....part of the story!
The wife of a friend of mine is a dumpster diver, she's also a multi-millionaire dentist in California (must be something about dentists ).

You'd never know it from looking at her but I went over to their house and finally had to ask..."what's up with all the bags full of junk on the back porch?" He doesn't even try to explain it since he doesn't get it either but it's just something she enjoys.

And 'yes' people throw away ALL KINDS of stuff you wouldn't believe. New, old, expensive, cheap, dangerous, personal....you name it.

Link Posted: 6/14/2009 6:13:49 AM EST
There isn't much of a market for used desktops (or used computers in general). I am sure he could have gotten a little money for it or maybe donated it to a school. But many people don't want to spend the time posting an ad.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 6:14:18 AM EST
One appliance shop I worked for cleaned out all the abandoned microwave ovens and set about 50-60 of them out back by the dumpster, a tinkerer's dream.

One time I found a whole Atari 800 computer system in the dumpster. The only thing didn't work was the floppy drive.

Dumpster diving is cool.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 6:16:18 AM EST
thats stealing man .
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 6:17:37 AM EST
I bought a used car from a dealer about year ago. While cleaning out the glove box, I found the previous owners application for financing said car, mortgage papers, bank account #s, and a host of other personal stuff. Evidently it was his file cabinet as well as car. He only had the car for a couple years and I think it may have been a voluntary repo.

He's damn lucky someone shady didn't buy the car, or even steal it when he still owned it. I shredded everything for him.

So yes, people are that stupid.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 6:19:57 AM EST
Originally Posted By Quintin:
Originally Posted By NoVaGator:
it's a trap...


This. People just don't throw shit like that in dumpsters.


It is probably contaminated with breast cancer.

Now wouldn't that be a bitch....
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 6:24:22 AM EST
Originally Posted By Drsalee:
Good find. But, I am more intrigued with the.........I always look through the dumpster.....part of the story!


This
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 6:25:16 AM EST
Originally Posted By Quintin:
Originally Posted By NoVaGator:
it's a trap...


This. People just don't throw shit like that in dumpsters.


Shit, you obviously don't live in a college town. After graduation, you can make out like a king dumpster diving.



Link Posted: 6/14/2009 6:29:08 AM EST
My old HDs get the bullet erase.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 6:31:17 AM EST
Originally Posted By hotbiggun42:
thats stealing man .


Link Posted: 6/14/2009 6:32:39 AM EST

Originally Posted By jonjon:
May want to wipe the whole hard drive or get a different one. There is probably a reason it was found in a dumpster without someone taking the time to clear out there stuff.

use dban on the drive.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 6:38:23 AM EST
Originally Posted By RikWriter:
Originally Posted By hotbiggun42:
thats stealing man .




if it hits the curb or dumpster it is fair game the courts have said it over and over
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 6:42:32 AM EST
Yes, people can be very stupid.

For instance, I bought my Mauser c96 in a pawn shop for $350 even.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 6:48:22 AM EST
Originally Posted By Drsalee:
Good find. But, I am more intrigued with the.........I always look through the dumpster.....part of the story!


I go dumpster diving at the end of the semester up at college. People throw away perfectly good appliances, fancy-ass leather notebooks, good furniture, and all sorts of other shit, just because they don't feel like dragging it home or paying to store it over the summer.

I've gotten an alarm clock, a TI-83+ calculator (which sells for about a hundred bucks), a television (that worked until one of my frat brothers dropped it helping me move), a leather notebook with a built-in calculator, pen holders, and plenty of fresh, unused paper, a nice backpack (only thing wrong with it is the zipper came apart, which is fixable), etc.

There's a reason homeless people go digging through other's trash, and it ain't because they're desperate. It's because there's perfectly good shit in there that they can either use or sell for cash.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 6:49:43 AM EST
Originally Posted By dynoman:
Turn on comp.
Whan first screen (bios ?) comes up hit F10, then hit F10 agin.
Systom should return to original condition at purchase. Anything that was not there at that time will be removed (both files and software).


Seriously? It's all deleted?
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 6:49:46 AM EST
Originally Posted By www-glock19-com:
Originally Posted By RikWriter:
Originally Posted By hotbiggun42:
thats stealing man .




if it hits the curb or dumpster it is fair game the courts have said it over and over


Can you elaborate..Even the dumpsters that say "no tresspassing" always wondered if the sign was to keep people out, or their trash in/out..
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 6:55:06 AM EST
Originally Posted By Eazy_E:
My mom works at the office and knows the guy who dumped it. Appearantly, he just wanted a new work computer. Far as I can tell, there's no German child poop porn on it, but I'll give it a thorough combing-through. My other computer is Vista though. If I scrub the HD, will it take out the OS or not? How do you even do the HD on an XP system? Do you need a CD or something?


Yes, XP installs from a CD. You just put an XP install disk in the drive and set the bios so that the computer boots from the CD drive. The rest is self explanitory.

You definitely want to reformat and reinstall on that puter. It's the right way to go about things. God knows what kind of spyware or other garbage is on that machine.


Link Posted: 6/14/2009 6:55:14 AM EST
Originally Posted By Dumpster_Baby:
One appliance shop I worked for cleaned out all the abandoned microwave ovens and set about 50-60 of them out back by the dumpster, a tinkerer's dream.

One time I found a whole Atari 800 computer system in the dumpster. The only thing didn't work was the floppy drive.

Dumpster diving is cool.


Ooh, that reminds me. I also found a working stereo system (minus the speakers) in the trash once. It had dual cassette decks, a cd player, AM/FM radio, and a turntable. I could listen to anything except mp3's on that beast.

Parents threw it out while I was at school.

I've also retrieved a lot of children's stuff. When kids get too old for toys or whatever, their parents throw them out. I've got an entire Fisher Price kitchen playset I dragged three blocks so my niece could play with it. And the electronics still work, despite it having sat in the rain on a couple occasions.

Now if only I'd find the trash the day some mom throws out a guy's collectible Transformers, G.I. Joe's, Gundams, etc.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 6:57:27 AM EST
Originally Posted By goodoleboy:
Originally Posted By www-glock19-com:
Originally Posted By RikWriter:
Originally Posted By hotbiggun42:
thats stealing man .




if it hits the curb or dumpster it is fair game the courts have said it over and over


Can you elaborate..Even the dumpsters that say "no tresspassing" always wondered if the sign was to keep people out, or their trash in/out..


It's to keep people from dumping their garbage in a dumpster somebody else is paying for. Which you CAN raise a shitstorm about and get someone in trouble for. You just can't press charges or sue someone for digging through your garbage and taking what they want. Once you discard it, it's no longer yours.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 7:21:38 AM EST
Originally Posted By CS223:
Originally Posted By Quintin:
Originally Posted By NoVaGator:
it's a trap...


This. People just don't throw shit like that in dumpsters.


Shit, you obviously don't live in a college town. After graduation, you can make out like a king dumpster diving.


Even at my old high school. At the end of the year, the janitors have to open the lockers and dig everything out. It all gets thrown on the sidewalk and you are allowed to grab anything you want. I didn't have to buy school supplies for the next 2 years of high school
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 7:44:15 AM EST
Originally Posted By Swindle1984:
Originally Posted By dynoman:
Turn on comp.
Whan first screen (bios ?) comes up hit F10, then hit F10 agin.
Systom should return to original condition at purchase. Anything that was not there at that time will be removed (both files and software).


Seriously? It's all deleted?


Um, no.



Link Posted: 6/14/2009 8:08:16 AM EST
There's a older guy I used to work with. Retired from the Guard's and is pretty wealthy who LOVES to dumpster dive. Where I live there are several college's and he knows which days, what streets have there recycling picked up and would just head out first thing in the morning and pick up bottles and such. He does about $400 a week on that alone. He'd laugh when people would come out and try to hand him like $20 thinking he's homeless and he'd explain that he just does it for fun and something to keep busy now that he's retired and people start setting the stuff aside for him.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 8:08:28 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/14/2009 8:09:12 AM EST by dynoman]
Originally Posted By Ky_Bob:
Originally Posted By Swindle1984:
Originally Posted By dynoman:
Turn on comp.
Whan first screen (bios ?) comes up hit F10, then hit F10 agin.
Systom should return to original condition at purchase. Anything that was not there at that time will be removed (both files and software).


Seriously? It's all deleted?


Um, no.





Was told about this by comp tech at Fryes.
Used it on a comp I was giving to a friend (yes to hide the porn ) and it worked as far as I could see.
All files photos and added programs were gone.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 8:21:21 AM EST
You should see the shit that ends up in dumpsters behind retail stores.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 8:26:46 AM EST
Originally Posted By dynoman:
Originally Posted By Ky_Bob:
Originally Posted By Swindle1984:
Originally Posted By dynoman:
Turn on comp.
Whan first screen (bios ?) comes up hit F10, then hit F10 agin.
Systom should return to original condition at purchase. Anything that was not there at that time will be removed (both files and software).


Seriously? It's all deleted?


Um, no.





Was told about this by comp tech at Fryes.
Used it on a comp I was giving to a friend (yes to hide the porn ) and it worked as far as I could see.
All files photos and added programs were gone.


What kind of computer was that? Generally if you hit F10 you get into the BIOS. I've never seen nor heard of hitting a key on start up that returns it to original state. You could make some bucks with that feature (and save tech support a hellava lot of time)
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 8:29:35 AM EST
Originally Posted By Eazy_E:
How in the fuck can somebody be that ignorant these days?


My motto for this current era is "Incompetence is the new standard!"

Link Posted: 6/14/2009 8:30:26 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/14/2009 8:32:59 AM EST by Dave_A]

Originally Posted By Eazy_E:
My mom works at the office and knows the guy who dumped it. Appearantly, he just wanted a new work computer. Far as I can tell, there's no German child poop porn on it, but I'll give it a thorough combing-through. My other computer is Vista though. If I scrub the HD, will it take out the OS or not? How do you even do the HD on an XP system? Do you need a CD or something?

XP install CD is bootable...

The guy who said 'Push F10' is an idiot - on some systems that will work to restore BIOS settings after they have been fucked with, but it will NOT erase your HDD...

To erase the HD, boot from the XP install CD, and it will ask you 'on what partition you want to install Windows'... Press 'D" for Delete, and it will ask you to confirm, then erase the partition....

Keep going untill all you see is 'Unpartitioned Space', then press enter...

It will then walk you through formatting a new partititon and installing windows.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 8:31:40 AM EST
Originally Posted By Quintin:
Originally Posted By NoVaGator:
it's a trap...


This. People just don't throw shit like that in dumpsters.




You should see what we just threw away last week. We're remodeling our office, and the entire IT dept is moving into a trailer for 6 weeks. Before we moved, we had the mother of all spring cleanings. We threw out so much stuff, including about 15 working PCs, 6 working printers, and about 6 working monitors. They're just too old/small/crappy to redeploy. We kept a couple of PCs that we might make into some low-end linux boxes, but the rest went into the trash. I think we threw away anything slower than a P-4 2ghz. They just can't cut it anymore.

But we never throw away hard drives without physically destroying them first, usually at the shooting range.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 8:32:03 AM EST
Might be a good idea to toast the drive.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 8:34:57 AM EST
Originally Posted By sixnine:
You should see the shit that ends up in dumpsters behind retail stores.


This, they throw away merchandise, basically. when new models come out or after a store update and remodel is the best time to look. I've got a small lcd tv and some crappy black and decker cordless drill/saw thing from behind wal-mart, the dumpster was loaded with the same model tv and drill, and other furniture i didn't feel like carrying.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 8:35:25 AM EST
Originally Posted By Eazy_E:
My mom works at the office and knows the guy who dumped it. Appearantly, he just wanted a new work computer. Far as I can tell, there's no German child poop porn on it, but I'll give it a thorough combing-through. My other computer is Vista though. If I scrub the HD, will it take out the OS or not? How do you even do the HD on an XP system? Do you need a CD or something?


Yeah, unless you have a spare OS lying around dont reformat the HD. With Vistas activation scheme i doubt you'll be able to put that on more than one computer at a time. And even if you do you probably wont be able to go on the internet with it. To install XP you need the installation disk.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 8:35:47 AM EST

Originally Posted By Quintin:
Originally Posted By NoVaGator:
it's a trap...


This. People just don't throw shit like that in dumpsters.

Yes they do, I see it all the time. Single core desktop computers with small hard disks and not much memory aren't worth diddly squat. I've had more than one client when, after installing a new computer for them, I say "What are you going to do with the old one?" and at least half the time I hear "Put it in the dumpster". At that point I usually offer to dispose of it for them, then strip it, scrub the drive, and use the parts as needed.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 8:36:36 AM EST
I tend to do the dumper diving at the end of the semester because I know when they are moving out. I WORK THERE :)

Sometimes my Co-workers would go with me and they would be amazed what they can find..


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