RIP Philo

Wow

I can now unhesitatingly state that the correct way to destroy a CD you do not want to keep is to fold it in half in your hand until it breaks.  They *explode*.

I was lucky none of the shrapnel got in my eye.  It's a bitch to clean up, too.
Permalink Send private email Aaron F Stanton 
March 9th, 2007 1:26pm
Wait.

I mean the correct way is *not* to fold it in half.

Sorry.
Permalink Send private email Aaron F Stanton 
March 9th, 2007 1:29pm
what's the correct way?
Permalink Kenny 
March 9th, 2007 1:31pm
I don;t know, but it's not that.
Permalink Send private email Aaron F Stanton 
March 9th, 2007 1:32pm
At least if it explodes, it'll be hard to piece the evidence back together.
Permalink Send private email Wayne 
March 9th, 2007 1:33pm
Wear eye protection, and get out the shop-vac.
Permalink Send private email Aaron F Stanton 
March 9th, 2007 1:34pm
Next time, try the microwave.
Permalink Send private email Wayne 
March 9th, 2007 1:36pm
Yeah, they do that.

Get a shredder that has a CD slot.
Permalink Send private email xampl 
March 9th, 2007 1:38pm
Only certain brands of CDR (but most mass produced CDs) will do that.

And I'm amazed that you've just learned this.  :)
Permalink Send private email muppet 
March 9th, 2007 1:55pm
Yeah, those diamond-cut shredders with CD slots.

Another fun CD fact - if you draw a line starting on one outer edge so it just touches the inside circle (the largest inner circle) and keep doing that making sure each line starts from where the other one stops, it eventually forms a perfect 7 pointed star.
Permalink Send private email ~~~x 
March 9th, 2007 2:12pm
I did not know that the inner radius was just the right size for that.  Interesting.

We did put CDs into the shredder where I used to work, but they never made it clear through.  You had to run it backwards to get them out.
Permalink Send private email Aaron F Stanton 
March 9th, 2007 2:14pm
The FBI could still assemble information from those, you have to melt them in acid if you really want to destroy them.
Permalink Send private email ~~~x 
March 9th, 2007 2:16pm
Nah, nothing that critical on these.  I just realized after burning them that there was some stuff my client doesn't need, like the url for the subversion repository.  It's password protected anyway, but I wanted it gone.
Permalink Send private email Aaron F Stanton 
March 9th, 2007 2:19pm
>>> And I'm amazed that you've just learned this.  :)

Yeah, haven't you ever made CD "art" ?  e.g.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/worldscutestbaby/415812483/
Permalink Send private email Ward 
March 9th, 2007 3:40pm
I used to scratch them up with the point on a pair of scissors.
Permalink Send private email JoC 
March 9th, 2007 3:56pm
A 12ga does a number on them.  Plus they're pretty challenging to hit as they don't fly straight.

PULL!!!
Permalink Send private email xampl 
March 9th, 2007 4:23pm
Aaron, for a bloke with a PhD degree, what you did was really dumb.

But, having said that, I am glad you are unharmed. You seem to be a decent sort of chap.

Unlike the rest of you vagabonds and rapscallions!
Permalink Tally Ho! 
March 9th, 2007 8:35pm
They're not nearly as good for killing zombies as LPs.
Permalink Send private email Shaun & Co. 
March 10th, 2007 12:33pm