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  1. I agree that Steve Gibson's commentary on the...

    I agree that Steve Gibson's commentary on the current Truecrypt situation at https://www.grc.com/misc/truecrypt/truecrypt.htm is excellent, much better than the panicky, "Run for the hills!" approach...
  2. According to the Windows Secrets article,...

    According to the Windows Secrets article, Truecrypt is less reliable than it used to be because it's no longer in active development and because we shouldn't rely on open source to vet a program. I'm...
  3. I'm puzzled why the article recommended...

    I'm puzzled why the article recommended encryption applications (DiskCryptor, Cryptainer LE) without any claim that they are more secure than Truecrypt, that their developers are trustworthy and not...
  4. A very important fact, it it is a fact. Do you...

    A very important fact, it it is a fact. Do you have any evidence for the claim? When is this open disclosure coming?

    Starting such an alarming statement with LOL undermines your credibility a...
  5. I'm surprised the article didn't mention what...

    I'm surprised the article didn't mention what seems to me a very plausible explanation for events, namely, that the authors of TrueCrypt have been pressured by representative of the U.S. government...
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    Judging from the number of times my friends have...

    Judging from the number of times my friends have had their email accounts taken over by spammers, I'd say password breaking is extremely common.

    Yes, I agree that serious sites need passwords that...
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    Yes, I did realize that I can go to my LastPass...

    Yes, I did realize that I can go to my LastPass online "vault" and get the password there, then go back to the webpage and enter it manually. In fact, that's what I did. But at that point I began to...
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    Password managers can let you down

    I've long been puzzled by the enthusiasm many people have for password managers such as LastPass, which is my choice. Every once in a while I come across a situation in which I breathe a great sigh...
  9. why is Windows Search (Win 7) suddenly very slow?

    One of the handiest features of Windows 7 for me is the ability to launch a program by clicking on the Windows orb, typing a few characters of the name of the program I want, then clicking on its...
  10. Can I track the amount of data I download from my ISP?

    Is there some way to keep track of how much data I am downloading from my ISP to my computer? Sometimes my ISP sends me a warning with about 10 days left in the month telling me I have used 75% of my...
  11. I don't agree. Although I use LastPass, I re-use...

    I don't agree. Although I use LastPass, I re-use a small handful of passwords many times over. Thank goodness. Even worse would be to allow LastPass to create a unique and complicated password for...
  12. Are there real advantages to docx over doc?

    I've been saving all my Word files in the old .doc format as a matter of course on the grounds that I'll run into less chance of problems if I have to sharer the files with someone using a different...
  13. JPEGmini is an interesting option, probably...

    JPEGmini is an interesting option, probably useful for many purposes, but I'd say it's going a little too far to describe its cost as "a minor, nearly imperceptible loss in color tone." In the...
  14. Mp3Jam (feedback on article "Apps for building and organizing a music libr"

    The article entitled "Apps for building and organizing a music library" (Windows Secrets Newsletter Issue 384 2013-05-02) interested me, especially the recommendation of mp3jam, which enables...
  15. changing the format of all lines that begin with a given string

    After reading a book on my Kindle and keeping a lot of "notes" on it--in effect, saving passages as text on the Kindle--I've pasted them into Word.But the format is distracting. A single note looks...
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    USB ports cause system crash

    My USB ports can do something yours can't. They can cause my computer (Windows 7 Ultimate) to crash.

    Here's my story. The computer I bought over 5 years ago came with a set of 2 USB 1.0 ports at...
  17. I may try deleting all the USB drivers (if I can...

    I may try deleting all the USB drivers (if I can find how to do that). Event Viewer is pretty opaque to me. It says the Event ID is 41, Source is Kernel-Power, the Task Category is (63), and reports...
  18. I downloaded BlueScreenView and ran it, but all...

    I downloaded BlueScreenView and ran it, but all that data it displays is Greek to me.

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  19. Windows 7 crashes when inserting USB stick into ports

    My Windows 7 Ultimate computer has about 6-8 original USB 1.0 ports (one of them dead), another 4 USB 2.0 ports that I had added by means of an expansion card, plus a USB adapter with 4 more ports....
  20. What about the original, unencrypted files? How do you get rid of them?

    Encrypting files into a .zip or .rar or onto a Truecrypt "partition," is great, but what about the original, unencrypted files? Don't you still have to deal with them? Of course, you'd use a...
  21. Total system rebuilding

    Yikes! A total system rebuild sounds like a lot of time (an afternoon and a half) and trouble, not only re-installing Windows but also updating all the apps and drivers, digging out all the passwords...
  22. Does Windows ever find a solution after a program crashes?

    Every once in a while a program will crash, as Windows Media Player did tonight, and Windows pops up a message saying, "A problem caused the program to stop working. Windows will close the program...
  23. re: Store Yahoo Web e-mail in local folders I...

    re: Store Yahoo Web e-mail in local folders
    I keep backups of my inbox on Yahoo mail using Outlook, which can be set up to download messages from Yahoo Mail. Without cost. There are instructions in...
  24. This article answers (I think) something I've...

    This article answers (I think) something I've wondered about for a while, namely, whether wiping files (overwriting them multiple times) causes significant wear on the hard drive mechanism. So the...
  25. My system doesn't seem to have Windows Mixer. My...

    My system doesn't seem to have Windows Mixer. My soundcard is, I believe, on the motherboard. I think it appears under Devices as Apowersoft_AudioDevice.

    Anyway, I don't think it was a problem of...
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