Even though there isn’t any active development on this (last update: 2005-07-09), this is still the best virtual desktop manager I’ve found for Windows. A couple quirks, but so far I’m happy with it. It lets me set up the same keys I use on Mac/Solaris for virtual desktop switching, will switch backgrounds, and even has a text popup of the desktop name when you switch. Its missing some features, but it covers the basics, which is good enough for me.
Toshiba has developed a new class of micro size Nuclear Reactors that is designed to power individual apartment buildings or city blocks. The new reactor, which is only 20 feet by 6 feet…can last for up to 40 years, producing electricity for only 5 cents per kilowatt hour, about half the cost of grid energy.
Word arrives from The Electronic Frontier Foundation that a crack team of researchers – including the Foundation’s own Seth Schoen – have discovered a gaping security flaw in everyday disk encryption technologies, including Microsoft’s BitLocker as well as TrueCrypt, dm-crypt, and Apple’s FileVault.
Granted, it’s possible, but it involves accessing the key from memory during a rather short window.
We are pleased to announce that TrueCrypt 5.0 has been released. Among the new features are the ability to encrypt a system partition or entire system drive (i.e. a drive where Windows is installed) with pre-boot authentication, pipelined operations increasing read/write speed by up to 100%, Mac OS X version, graphical interface for the Linux version, XTS mode, SHA-512, and more.
We use truecrypt at my new job to encrypt our off-site backups (which are portable drives located on-site briefly during backup then taken off-site again). It seems to work fairly well and removes the “what if” factor of having the backup stolen from my apartment.
I’ve been using a mix of TrueCrypt and encrypted DMG images on my flash drives to have portable personal data (and other secure shit). Now, I can get rid of the encrypted DMGs and not worry about having to have access to a Mac in order to read them.
GUIs for the 3 major OSes and full-HD encryption for Windows? Rock on, TrueCrypt, rock on.