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In the Linux operating system(which is free), the super user(root) has raw access to disks and partitions on the disks in the machine. The general idea is to write random data generated by the Linux operating system, to the hard disk.

The situation often arises where an individual needs to throw away an old computer, but does not want the data on the disk of the old computer to be accessible if someone retrieves it via dumpster diving. There might still be data stored in the motherboard or some of the peripherals, but that is beyond the scope of this article. Ideally, the disk platters should be physically destroyed, but due to hardware or cost constraints, this might not always be possible.

A free way to wipe the data on the disk involves using a bootable Linux disk to write random data to the disk multiple times. Here is the … Read More

This alphabetical list contains a lot of hard to find phone numbers of Computer and Internet Related stuff. This is a basic rough list which I’ll try to update periodically. It’s not perfect as I’m sure I left plenty of companies out and all the phone numbers are US phone numbers with the exception of TuCows, which is a Canadian number and Logitech’s remote control number (They rule!). You may need to put a “1” in front of the Toll Free numbers where applicable. I tried to give customer service contact numbers as much as possible and used the latest phone numbers I could find:

Acer (for notebooks) 800-816-2237 (for Aspire) 800-938-2237

Amazon Support 866-216-1072

Amazon MP3 Support 888-802-3083

Amazon Associates 701-787-9740

AOL:

USA & Canada: 800-827-3338

High Speed Broadband Support: 888-849-3200

Billing: 888-265-8003

Cancellation: 888-265-8008

Apple 800-APL-CARE

ATI 905-882-2626

Buy.Com – 800-800-0800

Canon 800-OK-CANON

CNET 1-800-616-CNET

Compaq (Part of … Read More