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2006 Pet Parade

February 24th, 2006 | No Comments | Posted in General

Jen, Bailey and myself went down to Soulard last weekend to freeze our butts (and tails) off.

Why would we do such a thing, you might ask?  Duh…the 2006 Beggin’ Strips Barkus Pet Parade.

If you want to find out more about this year’s Mardis Gras celebration, check it out here.

Personal Encryption

February 24th, 2006 | No Comments | Posted in General

So I got myself one of these handy-dandy USB Thumb Drives and I’m finding all sorts of uses for it. The only thing that bothers me is that this thing is so small that I would be a little weirded out if I lost it with my data on it. That led me on a quest to find something to secure stuff that’s stored on this tiny thing.

I’ve found a couple of different items that are pretty cool:

The first one is Locknote. It will let you encrypt any (plain) text file. The nice thing is that the encrypted file is the program, so there’s no software that needs to be installed to use it. The bad is that it only encrypts plain text (no word, excel, powerpoint, etc).

The second is TrueCrypt. This program is like the FedEx of security. If you absolutely, positively need to encrypt the hell out of something…it’s just what the doctor ordered. If you don’t believe me, check out their documentation…these guys are truely nerds.

TrueCrypt let’s you create an encrypted file (volume) that can be mounted on any machine and look like an extra drive (once you type in your passphrase, of course). The major downside of this is that to do that, it has to install a driver, which requires that you have admin access to the Windows box you’re using it with. Not a big deal if you’re moving files between computers you own or to friends PCs…but a major downer if you want to use it at a library, internet cafe, etc. That being said, it’s still worth checking out.

Invasion of the Computer Snatchers

February 18th, 2006 | No Comments | Posted in General

Hackers are hijacking thousands of PCs to spy on users, shake down online businesses, steal identities and send millions of pieces of spam. If you think your computer is safe, think again.

US Secretary of Defense does not use email.

February 17th, 2006 | No Comments | Posted in General

Revealed while Congress was investigating the response to hurricane Katrina: Donald Rumsfeld and Michael Chertoff do not use email.

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F These Guys

February 16th, 2006 | No Comments | Posted in General

The RIAA now believes it is illegal for you to rip CD’s to your iPod.  More about this can be found at eff.org and arstechnica.com.

Why the net should stay neutral

February 13th, 2006 | No Comments | Posted in General

Is it time to let internet companies provide premium access to paying websites and services? No, says technology commentator Bill Thompson.

Read more about it at the BBC.

U.S. Gov’t Discriminates against Mac Users for Billions in Grant Money

February 13th, 2006 | No Comments | Posted in General

Many U.S. Scientists affected….”Uh, this would be the same government that spent a lot of time and money pursuing Microsoft for its anti-competitive behavior?” one blogger wrote. “And they now offer a government site that mandates monopoly?”

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250K Superballs + SF Street = Awesome

February 7th, 2006 | No Comments | Posted in General


DoJ Official: President Can Order Killings in U.S.

February 7th, 2006 | No Comments | Posted in General

In a remarkable story for Newsweek hitting the stands today, a DoJ official told a closed door Senate Intelligence Committee that the President has the legal authority to order killings inside the United States.

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Chuck Norris Facts

February 6th, 2006 | No Comments | Posted in General

It seems like Chuck Norris is this year’s pirates (which was last year’s pink, which was the year before’s black, etc).  That being the case, one of my buddies forwarded on an interesting site:  Chuck Norris Facts.