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Wednesday, February 27, 2008


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.

posted by Nem W Schlecht at 09:48 in General,Misc    
Friday, February 22, 2008

You have got to be fucking kidding 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.

posted by travis at 20:10 in General    
Friday, February 22, 2008

Security boffins unveil BitUnlocker

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.

posted by Nem W Schlecht at 12:43 in General,Misc    
Friday, February 8, 2008

I came across this a while ago, and thought I’d share: every chapter of The Handbook of Applied Cryptography (regarded as “the standard reference work in technical cryptography”) is now available online for free.
Mmmmmm… math.

posted by travis at 13:54 in General    
Wednesday, February 6, 2008

From: TrueCrypt – Free Open-Source On-The-Fly Disk Encryption Software for Windows XP/2000 and Linux – News

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.

posted by Nem W Schlecht at 22:37 in General    

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