How to Securely Erase (or wipe) your hard disk

The purpose of this blog entry is to show how easy it is to securely erase the sensitive information on an old computer.

I recently purchased a new desktop for my use at home and prior to disposing of my old computer wanted to be sure that the data on it was securely erased. I have done this multiple times in the past, mostly at previous employers but I don’t recall ever documenting how to do it.

For those of you that want to be sure that your data is completely gone before donating or throwing out your old PC, here are the simple steps you need to take, see below for more detail on each step:

  1. Boot from a Linux-based CDROM
  2. Figure out which devices you want to securely erase.
  3. Use the “shred” command to wipe the device clean.

In more detail, here’s what I did with my computer:

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Review of “High Performance Affiliate Marketing”

This is a brief review of High Performance Affiliate Marketing, an ebook by the Super Affiliate Jeremy Palmer.
This ebook is a great tool for anyone that is currently, or wants to be involved in affiliate marketing. I will do a quick review of each section and a summary at the end.

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More details on PubCon Boston 2006

When I posted the 19 things I learned at PubCon Boston 2006, I said I’d provide some more detail so here it is.
This was my first PubCon and I feel like it was money and time well spent. The sessions were very informative and it was great to meet people and make new contacts.
Here are a few of the items I wanted to explain further:

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19 things I learned at PubCon Boston 2006 (Webmaster World)

Here are a few things that I learned at my first PubCon, in no particular order:

  1. Not everyone that’s online has a technical background. Don’t act like they do.
  2. To sell more effectively, trigger emotions in favor of your product or service.
  3. One-page-wonders can be effective sales tools.
  4. It is necessary to have external links to your site’s pages (from related sites with high-quality content.)
  5. Always be split testing improvements to your pages.
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Canon i560s setup on SuSE 9.3 Linux with Netgear PS121 print server

In the past, I’ve always setup a cups server for my home network to handle all of the printing. Since I’d like to use that server for some testing that sometimes makes it unavailable for being a print server, I decided to test out the Netgear PS121 with my Canon i560s printer. The setup ended up being pretty simple once I found some documentation online.

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Google and Yahoo! news

Hehe, it looks like Google deleted their own blog off of Theories on the cause vary from “they were hacked” to “their splog (spam blog) filter caught it and deleted it.” It’ll be interesting to read all of the details when/if they release them.

If you noticed your webserver being pounded by Yahoo! Slurp over the weekend, it was because Yahoo! made some changes to their index.

Google appears to be testing a few new changes to their search results. You can see what it looks like here.

Vonage support sucked

Wow, what an ordeal. There went 4 hours of my life that I want back. Last night, I initially was on the phone for over an hour with Vonage trying to get an obscure bug with my Motorola device fixed. Whenever I dail a number that is busy, the call is immediately dropped w/o any sort of busy signal. This is pretty annoying and requires me to think way too much about whether I really dialed the right number when it happens.

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