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Dumpster Diving Stories

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It would be cool to have a place just to post stories of dumpster diving and other ways of getting cool stuff.

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thats dumpster diving .. how? sounds like theft to me.

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sorry, i didnt mean it as petty theft but as a place to post stories of finding telco manuals or old servers and stuff like that.

EDIT: I should of posted this topic in ue, wasnt thinking, i'm running on about 4 hours of sleep in about 2 days.

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I haven't done any dumpster diving in years. It simply doesn't yield enough value to be worth the risk.

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umm well i dont mind posting a story, after the last 2600 meeting friends of mine ( Slade, Cflag, Larry ) and I went driving around wall street and the surrounding areas, we didnt find much at all ( an ID card printer, some acetone cleaning pads ) until we drove around this hospital where there were tons of flat CRT's a few Stripped Dell GX110's TONS AND TONS of docs not to mention the gold mine i found, i grabbed a 5 pack of IBM Ultrium LTO drive cleaners which retail for 100 a piece, but im not too sure ill be able to sell them, anyone wanna buy them for 300? :) haha oh lets not forget the big tape film things, havnt found a way to watch them yet, they might be either survalence tapes or medical footage, they look kinda like movie tape reels. who knows, :) well thats my story how about the rest.

oh lets not forget to mention that all the docs were secure, manuals and personal information containing SS#'s poor job at destroying them :(

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I've never actually gone dumpster diving before, perhaps i should try it sometime.

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I've never actually gone dumpster diving before, perhaps i should try it sometime.

Fellow binrev member zeroxeal and I went dumpster diving at a phonebook company once. We found this old drunk dude in the dumpster that scared the shit out of us though.

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I have found tons of stuff in CompUSA's trash. Lots of working hardware and software. Also, SBC does not lock their dumpsters where I live. I have pulled out countless manuals, boxes of aerial drop wire (almost full), boxes of CAT6 wire (almost full), and many other goodies.

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I need to find a dumpster of a phone company instead of a store. I've been looking at stores and they don't get any of the good shit. Finding a close phone company is pretty dam hard...

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At my old condo some 6-7 years ago, i used to go down to the 'garbage room' where the bins are and look around for electrical junk. Found printers, phones, books, pcs etc. Not a bad place to check since its open to all the residents in the building.

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Shit...Where to begin...

I haven't dumpster dived in about 10+ years. Last time was with the old l0pht crew up off the MA-128 loop North/West of Boston. We'd wind up pulling old cell phones out of a Cellular One office, and there was a radio shop that had manuals and old radios that were pulled out of service. Plenty of computer places that had parts. I figure some of the places are still pretty viable, and now that l0pht is no more I doubt the places get visited regularly. Once found a dumpster full of DEC and Unix manuals in an MIT parking garage; that was back in 1992 or so. We wound up filling the back of my old Dodge station wagon from that one dumspter alone. MIT throws out a lot of stuff, but I hear they have gotten pissy in recent years when they catch non-students diving on the property. A local hacker once had a run-in with the campus cops when some grad student complained. BBN back then didn't care who went through their dumpster, and was always tossing stuff out. Of course a lot of it never made its way to the trash. There were a lot of hackers working for them. :D Still lots of places to dumpster dive in the Boston area. You just need to do some research.

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