Sunday, January 31, 2010

Haiti Relief Auctions Online NOW!

We have lift off!

Happy bidding!

Pilot auctions net over $330 for Haitian Relief

The two 1-day auctions I ran yesterday netted over $330 for Haitian Relief.

Tonight at 6pm (in 8 hours) over 60 auctions (!) will come online and run for 7 days.

You can find the auctions here when they're live.

Thanks to all who participated in the pilot auctions. I caught one important thing that I had to do, which was making sure that my outgoing PayPal limit was waived (by verifying my credit card on file).

Stay tuned, and happy bidding over the next 7+ days!

Thanks for supporting the people of Haiti!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Pilot Haiti Relief Auctions Up Now

Just to make sure the auctions will work as I expect, I'm running TWO 1-day auctions that I just started.

Delphi 6 Enterprise FIRST SHIP and C++Builder 5 Enterprise FIRST SHIP

I know it's not the optimal notice or duration, I'm simply making sure the process works as it should.

Bid earlry and often, and remember, all the proceeds go directly to Haitian Relief.

Happy bidding :)

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Haiti Relief Auction Update

Tomorrow afternoon volunteers will gather in a conference room to write titles, descriptions, etc for all the items that will go up for auction.

It is our goal to start the auctions at 6pm on Sunday January 31st, 2010 and run them until 6pm on Sunday February 7th, 2010.

A preview of some of the items. (now set up as an event)

Stay tuned!

Destroying data

When an old system needs to retire, it's important to make sure that data doesn't just walk away and land in the wrong hands.

I would recommend that you pay for a service or program that wipes your data and makes absolutely sure that it's gone forever.

In my case, I had an old laptop that had been sitting around forever. It was used at home, and it died a horrible death a while back - keyboard destruction by small child comes to mind. It never booted since whatever he did...

Anyway, house cleaning is a wonderful thing. I recycled the laptop, but yanked the hard drive.

Here's what my son and I decided to do. If you decide to do something similar, wear protective eye wear, and don't blame it on me. ;)

Compound bow:

Target acquired!

Perfectly good, and defenseless hard drive. Its only crime - hosting personal data:

Perfectly good hard drive

Post impact:

Perfectly (?) destroyed hard drive

Small bits of data, or shards of had drive:

Small bits of data... ;)

Data destruction accomplished in 70 micro seconds - that's the time it took the arrow to travel 1/4 inch through the hard drive.

Video of the destruction:

Enjoy! :)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Borland Memorabilia Auction to Benefit Haitian Relief

We're planning on auction off a lot of Borland memorabilia shortly. People from around the office and even far away ex-employees are donating their stuff. It's all going up for auction to the highest bidder, and all proceeds will be going directly to Haitian Relief.

Check this page out, save the URL, and keep checking for updates.