Category: Software

TrueCrypt 5 has been released with new features – free encryption gets better

I’m sure my friends are tired of hearing tell them about TrueCrypt, but now I have another excuse to remind everyone about this free encryption software, there’s a new version with new features! For those of you living under a rock, TrueCrypt is one of the programs that will hide your valuable data from prying eyes, it not only makes files of your choice hidden behind a password, but it also encrypts, or in layman’s terms. shreds the file behind a bunch of random characters, so if your boss, spouse, ex, or anyone tries to use some geeky method to find your hidden files, all they will find is some random data which makes no sense, without your password.

true crypt

I know Danny has been using truecrypt to hide adults only pics and videos from his family (good safeguard Danny, I’m glad you are being a responsible adult surfer), Jerry has been keeping his medical reports under lock and key with it when he takes work home. I use it to secure all the docs and photos on my USB thumb drive. I also keep a backup copy of all my pictures from college encrypted. It’s a great way to store financial information for emergencies as well.

I’m a big fan of TrueCrypt and PGP, I’ve been using Handybits Easycrypto for a while as well, but the truecrypt is what I use on my USB thumb drives and my main system now. There are cool new features that allow mac users to use it, and linux users get a better GUI, and some other goodies added in as well. Download the program and go through the tutorial for using it. It takes a few minutes the first time, after that you are all set and you can use this great data safeguard anywhere.

A few people have had some issues with it working in some scenarios with a mac – check out the truecrypt 5 discussion at digg for some of that info.

Mobile snaps reveal invisible art

My friend Kim wrote some random thoughts in her blog about a new technology on our mobiles that allows users to snap a picture with thier mobile camera to reveal invisible art or share there location.

“Scottish researchers are turning camera phones to help bridge the virtual world and the real world. Using image-matching algorithms the researchers have found a way to adorn the real world with digital content.

The technology has already been used to create a guide of Edinburgh that allows people to find virtual artworks placed around the city using their mobile.

Another related project uses the technology to automatically update a person’s blog with their location.


Apple announced its IPhone will allow users to be able to watch YouTube videos on their iPhones when they begin shipping on June 29. A new Apple designed application on the iPhone will allow the user to wiressly stream YouTubes content to the iPhone over a WiFi or EDGE network connection.

Tivo To Go

Tivo To Go

Margret Sloan writes in her blog that TivoToGo is up and running and allows Tivo users to use the service for free and its available for both Mac and Windows computers and works with several portable devices including the PSP. To get your Tivoed programs on your mobile do the following:

First, transfer recordings to your desktop or laptop.
Consider it in-flight entertainment. After you have downloaded and installed the TiVo Desktop software, you can begin sending shows to a networked computer in another room of the house or any wireless laptop. Then, transfer a selection of your TiVo favorites and you are off. 

Then, save recordings to your mobile device
Once the programs are transferred to a computer, the TiVoToGo software can encode them for a compatible handheld device. You can even schedule recordings and instruct the TiVoToGo software to automatically transfer new shows when they become available.

Yahoo Gallery Beta

Yahoo Gallery Beta

“Your invited to join Yahoo Gallery it allows developers to discover and share applications that use Yahoo technology this is just in Beta but you can get your own developers page and anyone familiar with Yahoo services or products should have no problem making all sorts of programs for gadgets and widgets. It also allows you the rate other peoples apps. And if you know of any other developers out there let them know would yea it is totally free”

A BIG thanks to Selena Jackson for the invite

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