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Tuesday, July 19, 2005


Speaking of state auctions, back on September 3, 2003, when I last checked in on I-Bid Illinois, they were selling such delightful items as the Tremner scale and the hyper baric chamber.

There are about 30 new things on the auction block now. A few of the more noteworthy items are:

  • LCD projector. The current bid is $472.00. Wow! That's probably a really nice projector.
  • Canon AE-1 program camera with 28mm lens, 100-300 zoom lens, and a flash. The current bid is $132.50. Generally, that seems a little high for a used camera. However, if everything is in good working order, and with those lenses, that's a pretty good price.
  • A 1994 Chevy Caprice with over 120,000 miles and holes in the body where equipment was removed. The bid is currently at $1,265.00. Aw, come on. That seems a little on the high side.
  • The really hot items are in Airport Unclaimed Equipment category. Oh yeah. Seven assorted boxes of knives, tools, and scissors. Of special note in this category is a box of sunglasses currently at $91.00. That's interesting. I suppose there could be prescription lenses and designer frames in there. Personally, I'm mesmerized by the 14 pound box of Swiss Army knives.

Alas, no heavy equipment.

Bidding ends July 22, 2005 at 9:30 p.m. Credit cards only.

UPDATE a little later. I just noticed that all the auctions of computers state, "has no operating systems." That makes me wonder. We're always hearing stories of discarded computers that still contain sensitive data. In this case, did someone sit down and manually uninstall the operating systems? Is this a licensing thing or an attempt to wipe the hard drive? If so, did they leave the data and other files? Or, did they really erase the hard drive? If that's the case, why don't they just indicate, "clean hard drive," or something like that. To what lengths did they go to actually remove the data? I'd love to know. But, not so much as to buy one just to find out.

Posted by Marie at July 19, 2005 11:53 PM


Too bad there's no heavy equipment listed. I have need of one of those monster combines that are probably everywhere in Illinois. I would have thought the state auction would have had one.

Posted by: Kem White at July 20, 2005 2:42 PM

I guess it's sort of stupid to take your swiss army knife, or sissors in your carry on luggage when attempting to board a flight.

What were these people thinking?

Posted by: jeromeprophet at July 21, 2005 9:30 AM

At my work we use Secure Hard Disk Eraser to remove data from old drives because we're a state organization. We send old machines out to other state agencies as surplus and new-ish regulations require us to use the DOD recommended utilities. I'm in Colorado but I think that some of those requirements are actually federal so it might be the same in your neck of the woods.

Of course, the two gazillion backups and copies of user profiles on the network are completely secure and are hardly even readable by anyone on the domain. Security that relies on policy is often ineffectual at best. I do recommend that utility though if you're selling old boxen. It does good work.

Posted by: goneaway at July 22, 2005 8:28 PM

Urgh. URL stripping. Hopefully this one will make it though.

Posted by: goneaway at July 22, 2005 8:28 PM