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Does the US Secret Police not approve of your art? Are you a media artist who has gotten on the bad side of a private multinational corporation? Perhaps your government does not approve of the open source co-working tool that you host? Or maybe, you are simply just a troublemaker? Any which way, when Big Brother comes a-knockin’ on your door wanting to steal your computer, you need a contingency plan.

This informative little sticker will help guide you towards the quickest methodology of seriously damaging your laptop hard drive during that moment of urgency.

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First of all, you will need to download one of these contingency plan sticker files. I recommend printing a full sheet and sharing them with friends and family:
Single Sticker
Sticker Sheet

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Print out the file onto transparent adhesive full sheet labels.

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Cut your sticker to size.

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Research the build of your laptop and locate the position of your hard drive. You can use iFixit teardowns to locate the position of your hard drive in most popular laptop makes and models. The hard drive should look like a rectangular box with a centered circle somewhere upon it. In this case, it is in the bottom left corner.

(above photo courtesy of ifixit.com)

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Adhere the sticker to your laptop such that the circular drill guide is positioned above your hard drive, but slightly off from the hard drive’s center. If you center it above where the hard drive should be, you might accidentally drill through the drive’s motor instead of the platters.

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If need be, and you are in a hurry, you can drill through the marked spot with a 1/4″ drill bit. If you have a minute on your hands, you may want to consider drilling an 1/8″ pilot hole and following up with a larger 3/8″ hole. If you have a couple of minutes on your hand, you may want to drill multiple holes.

Possible, alternate methods include sawing through the center of the sticker with a Sawzall or angle grinder.


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Posted on July 12, 2011

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I am very pleased to announce ‘When We Were Kings‘ a solo show of brand new work and updated series by Evan Roth. Back to back with ‘Talk to me’ (his work at MoMA, opening July19) speedshow.net is very proud to present a delicate selection of newpop, high-end minimal and pure Internet based pieces by Evan Roth. For one night only, ‘back home!’ he will bling out the machine park of ’90 Bowery’ with HTML at its best from his famous memepop tool-box!

Aram Bartholl

‘When We Were Kings’ – solo speed show Evan Roth
Curated and hosted by Aram Bartholl.

8:00 – 10:00 PM, July18, 2011
90 Bowery, New York, NY
(g-maps)

 

 

Artist will be present!

FB event http://on.fb.me/o7Sy7e

All prior shows and archive at speedshow.net

Not to miss!! CU there!!

 

 

 

 

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Posted on July 11, 2011

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It’s 4:30 am and I just finished making the most awkward 404 Not Found page on the internet.

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This is a speed project: 3.5 hours. This kind of idea only comes to you at 12:30am. And you gotta do it then or you’re never gonna do it. (The missing 30 minutes in the timeline was a bike ride). Made at SPACES in Cleveland, OH!

 

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Posted on July 9, 2011

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People Staring at Computers” is a photographic intervention.

I wrote a simple application that took one picture every minute. If it found a face, it uploaded the photo to my server. I installed the app around NYC over three days, collecting more than a thousand photos.

Before sharing the photos online, I decided to exhibit them in the same places they were originally captured. So I wrote another app that could be remotely triggered after being installed on all the computers in one location. When the app starts up, it takes a picture and slowly fades in that photo. A moment later, it starts cycling through older photos.

Most people instinctively quit the app less than 10 seconds after recognizing their own face, so the exhibition was relegated to the unused machines.


(Images replaced by Evan on July 15, 2011)

Posted on July 5, 2011

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