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Lloyd Black

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WANTED: Old, bad, and otherwise useless CDs and DVDs
« on: March 26, 2015, 11:17:32 PM »
If anyone has any old, defective, or generally useless CDs and/or DVDs I'd be interested in having them so I may recycle/repurpose them into useful products. I'm interested in discs that can't be used anymore because of scratches, useless data, or just generally not wanted or needed anymore. However, I'm not interested in cracked or broken discs though.

Anyone who does have any of them please bring them to the normal Tuesday night meets. I normally come to the lab every Tuesday and can be found in the conference room with others. Please be sure they are no longer needed because I process them when they get to my house. The process uses a "CD/DVD shredder" machine which imprints a tight pattern of tiny dots on the disc on each side. I pass the disc through the machine at least twice which makes a tighter pattern and renders the disc totally unreadable. I do this so there's a texture that the adhesive I use can grab onto when I place another material onto the disc.

I'm looking for a regular supply of discs and I'll take any quantity of discs no matter how many or how few, every disc helps. I already have a nice supply of them but I'll need more to continue making products with the discs. I'll buy anyone with a generous donation a Bawls beverage of their choice from the vending machine or snack(s) of equal value to a Bawls beverage. A generous donation would be twenty or more discs.

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I should add that if there's any personal or sensitive information on the donated discs, you may destroy the data ahead of time by putting the disc(s) into a microwave for no more than 3-4 seconds in the center of the microwave. If anyone hasn't already tried this, the microwave will cause the disc to spark just a little and makes a rather neat pattern, it's almost fractal like in appearance. Please only put one disc at a time into this process because I don't know what happens when more than one is put in. I'M NOT RESPONSIBLE for any damage done to your microwave if you do this incorrectly. I can tell you I'm not interested in anything on these discs and they're going to be processed as soon as I get them home so I can place them in the "Processed Discs" storage boxes.
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« Last Edit: March 27, 2015, 12:05:00 AM by Lloyd Black »
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Re: WANTED: Old, bad, and otherwise useless CDs and DVDs
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2015, 11:43:49 AM »
This may destroy the data on the disc but what about toxins released from the plastics?

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Re: WANTED: Old, bad, and otherwise useless CDs and DVDs
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2015, 08:47:52 PM »
During which process, the microwave or the shredder?

The microwave process is so short I doubt any plastic melts. It's only a few seconds. If anyone is afraid of plastic toxins they don't have to do it.

As for the CD/DVD shredder, it presses the dots into the disc without heat.

To be honest, you breath more toxins when you're driving down the road with the window open.
« Last Edit: March 29, 2015, 08:51:08 PM by Lloyd Black »
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Re: WANTED: Old, bad, and otherwise useless CDs and DVDs
« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2016, 01:01:13 AM »
I took some vulgar cds from my daughter I was gonna throw out, but this is a better lol Can she watch!