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Truecrypt beats the FBI

If this tells you nothing else, use Truecrypt if you really want to keep it hidden!  I have considered using Truecrypt a number of times in the past but never had a 'have to' situation.  I played with it on a Eeepc and in my case, it made it unusable but I've heard a number of folks that swear by it and I bet this guy does too!

Brazilian banker's crypto baffles FBI • The Register.

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Cisco Cius

Can't wait to see all the cool tablets coming out over the next year or so.  Here is the latest from Cisco coming out some time in 2011.

Meet Cisco Cius: Android tablet for workers, students. Watch out, iPad? | ZDNet.

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ICANN approves .xxx domain

So will this make it easier or what?  If they were all forced to be on this domain it sure would make it easier to filter out for those of us that have kids but everyone knows that will never happen and if they are not all on the .xxx domain, kids will always accidentally see this mess.  What is the best way to filter out adult content at work or at home?  What do you use?

ICANN approves .xxx domain name for porn sites - ZDNet.

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FastStone Image Viewer

I have been working on a website for a local business and I had to resize and crop a lot of pictures to fit what I was doing and they had to be a certain size like 292 x 136 pixels. Well, I found out that wasn't very easy to do with some of the best tools that cost a lot of money like Photoshop. At lease I couldn't find a way to put in the actual numbers to crop but had to drag the box around what you want and that's not easy to get to a certain pixel by pixel. I looked for an easier way to do it and as usual, I like it to be free! I found FastStone Image Viewer. It's free and pretty easy to use. It feels a lot like Windows Explorer to me and yes, it's free. Here is a short description from their website.

FastStone Image Viewer is a fast, stable, user-friendly image browser, converter and editor. It has a nice array of features that include image viewing, management, comparison, red-eye removal, emailing, resizing, cropping and color adjustments. Its innovative but intuitive full-screen mode provides quick access to EXIF information, thumbnail browser and major functionalities via hidden toolbars that pop up when your mouse touches the four edges of the screen. Other features include a high quality magnifier and a musical slideshow with 150+ transitional effects, as well as lossless JPEG transitions, drop shadow effects, image annotation, scanner support, histogram and much more. It supports all major graphic formats (BMP, JPEG, JPEG 2000, animated GIF, PNG, PCX, TIFF, WMF, ICO and TGA) and popular digital camera RAW formats (CRW, CR2, NEF, PEF, RAF, MRW, ORF, SRF and DNG).

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Command Prompt History

Did you know you can see recent commands that you have typed in the command prompt window by typing:

doskey /history


Admin Arsenal

Recently bought this product and it's a very handy tool.  I have used it to push out a lot of software but you can do a lot more with it like inventory hardware and software, remote commands, see and kill processes remotely, and a bunch of stuff I haven't figured out yet.  It's certainly at least worth the 30 day trial if you need to push out a lot of software!

Windows Administration Software | Admin Arsenal.


WSUS on a new network

Windows Server Update Services Home.

How many of you use WSUS?  I have used it for a while and had it working on my network for a long time.  Now we are part of a larger network so I'm starting over with WSUS.  I got it installed on a new server a couple of days ago and just added it to the active directory GPO yesterday.  I had one setting wrong in the GPO and figured it out a minute ago and clients are starting to report in.  I guess I am a geek to love messing with something like WSUS!

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Trailer – The Green Hornet

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VLC 1.1.0 release

I've always loved VLC and always find it useful for opening media files when other tools will not.

VideoLAN - VLC 1.1.0 release.

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Anti-Malware in Snow Leopard?

Are we to the point that we need anti-malware on the Mac?  Maybe the days are almost over of not running anti-virus or anti-malware software on everything but Windows.  More info in the link below.

Apple quietly adds anti-malware in Snow Leopard update | InSecurity Complex - CNET News.

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