Recordable compact disks are a handy way to move data between computers, especially files too big to conveniently ship over a network link between office and home. But what do you do with the disks when you're finished? If you toss them in the trash, you might make that big financial spreadsheet or other sensitive data available to anyone walking by.
The $99 MD100 Media Destroyer from Royal Consumer Information Products (royal.com) can help. Feed a CD or DVD into the slot, and the unit chomps it into little chips with only a bit of noise. The MD100 will also chew up floppy disks and credit cards. In a pinch, it can double as a paper shredder, but it can only handle a few folded sheets at a time.
By Steve Wildstrom