Re: Computers & Scouting
Mark Wilson x6386 (mwilson@POLARIS.ORL.MMC.COM)
Fri, 11 Sep 1992 09:07:23 EDT
> From: Scott Begin <email@example.com>
> Mike mentioned about the physical security of someone recovering deleted
> data. I will agree that this is a risk, but few people realize that
> "deleted" files really aren't, let alone would find it worthwhile to try to
> recreate something. There are also programs available which can physically
> overwrite information (to DoD specs, if you want) so that it can't be
> recovered. (Mike, I receive your full message and am glad you brought up
> some points I hand't considered).
Assuming that the business had a purpose for the computer/disk, the first order
of business isn't to see what can be undeleted. The first thing done will be
to load files that are important to running the business. As those files are
loaded, the posibility of undeleting old file decreases and the likelyhood
of retrieving intact data becomes less likely. The risk comes in letting anyone
know that there may have been files of some value to a business on the disk
in the first place. Besides, a low level format removes any trace of data. With
the risk of lethal computer diseases, I should ammend my list of first things.
The first step that a responsible business should take with a used disk is
a low level format to insure that nothing is passed on. The risk of infection
and it's effect on business far outweighs the questionable benefits of
scoping the disk for worthwhile data.
BTW, I'm putting together a training session on "Using Computers in Scouting."
The focus is on applications. I have already covered the usual uses (databases
newsletters, certificates, etc). I was thinking that all you smart, creative,
computer literate types might come up with some more unusual applications.
When I get the final material together, I'll post it.
SM, Troop 565, Deltona, FL
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City