PGP Whole Disk Encryption

I upgraded my PGP to the latest version to support Vista – working well – even the GroupWise C3PO works reasonably.

I took the plunge and did the Whole Disk Encryption for my laptop. Wow. 60GB of data encrypted in 3 hours. Now I get the PGP WDE sign on at boot, I use my home Active Directory password and I get single-sign-on into Vista. Very well implemented.

Now I’m less worried about travelling with my laptop and confidential data. BIOS password and physical security are part of the solution; but crypto for the whole disk is important.

It’s also a lot easier than the Vista Bitlocker. It works with 2000, XP and Vista – and does not require TPM on the workstation. My T42p works flawlessly so far.

Copfilter 0.84 beta 1


My IMAP patch got included in the latest update to Copfilter.


  • fix: fixes from various copfilter forum users (see the bugs section in the forum or
    CHANGELOG for the details), most important ones are mentioned below
  • fix: fix in cron.daily (it could hang) – thx DaPinky
  • fix: IMAP Buffer increase (it could hang) – thx evilzenscientist
  • fix: deleting a huge amount of mails from the spam quarantine is now possible – thx mdages
  • fix: proxsmtp/tmp could get filled up without removal of old files – thx Alevizos Dimitrios
  • new: ability to sort spam quarantine by columns (ex. by score level) – thx taurus

Nice to see my stuff make it 🙂 Officially “I don’t write code”

Blogging at Microsoft

Shel Israel writes:

UK Microsoftie Darren Strange reports that Microsoft now has 4500 bloggers among its 71,000 employees.  Both numbers show significant growth.  As irecall, when Robert and I were writing our first chapter of naked Conversations there were 2500 bloggers among 56,000 employees.  By the time we finished the book in October 2005, the bloggers were topping the 3,000 mark. This would mean that the number of Microsoft bloggers has grown by over 50 percent in about a year and a half.
By percentage, I’m not sure whether Sun Microsystems or Microsoft has more bloggers, but both companies continue to grow and continue to extol the virtues of doing it.
One interesting aspect in Darren’s report is that there is no longer any controversy about it. When Joshua Allen, became Microsoft’s first blogger, the first call to fire him for blogging came just a few hours later, as we reported in Naked Conversations.
Now it is seems to me, blogging is normalizing at Microsoft and that is what should happen.

In contrast I think Novell has a couple of dozen prolific bloggers at most. That is way below par.