Jan 162008

Context Menus are the menus you see in your operating system when you right click on an object. Unless you’re a manly man and use a command line shell.

Windows XP has had the ability to encrypt files, it wasn’t too cumbersome but it wasn’t intuitive either.

Vista enables you to Encrypt or Decrypt files by simply clicking on the file or folder and choosing the option via the context menu. The curious thing is that to enable this faster access to the Encrypted File System requires a registry modification, so it’s not enabled in the context menus by default. Perhaps the file system or security folks just ran out of time during the development process to fully support this method?

In this pic you can clearly see the Encrypt option highlighted in the context menu when I right clicked on a folder on my desktop.

EncryptDecrypt Context Menu

To enable it follow these instructions:

  1. Launch the Registry Editor. Note: if you don’t know how to do this then you really shouldn’t be following these instructions because you’re not a computer geek, just stop and please for god’s sake don’t do it. Else you may hose yourself :)
  2. Go to HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced
  3. Create a new 32bit DWORD in that ‘Advanced’ key
  4. Call this new DWORD EncryptionContextMenu
  5. Change the value to 1
  6. It’s already enabled now, go check it out for yourself by right clicking on a file or folder.


 Posted by at 12:30 am
Jan 152008

Green Energy

Toyota to offer plug-in hybrids by 2010
Terra Daily
Toyota Motor Corp. will produce a small fleet of plug-in hybrids by 2010, the Japanese automaker’s chief said Sunday. The plug-in hybrid will go head-to-head with US rival General Motor Corp’s Chevy Volt, which is also expected to hit the road in 2010

Glacier Woes Overstated?
Science A Go Go
New research indicates glacial ice existed on Earth during an intense period of global warming during the Cretaceous period.

Learning about Agriculture…from Las Vegas?
A 30-story farm is in the works for Las Vegas – an agricultural skyscraper designed to include over 100 different crops, from miniature banana trees to strawberries. Nevada officials believe the vertical farm could produce enough food for 72,000 people a year – and $25 million in agricultural products, most going to local casinos.

Everything You Know about Green Cars is Wrong
The Daily Green
Much of what you think you know about “clean cars” may be wrong, misinformation spread by word of mouth and unreliable blogs (not including The Daily Green).

Charge your gadgets environmentally with a simple foot pedal
What’s a more renewable form of energy than human kinetic energy? Here’s an easy, cheap and portable energy source that’s powered by the spring in your step: the Weza Foot Pedal. They just discovered this amazingly useful gadget at CES.

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 Posted by at 12:19 am
Jan 142008


Aside: Is it a bad thing to put this under the ‘Science’ category :P

Another aside: Who knows what movie that pic above came from?

Hot off the AP wire a few hours ago, here’s a snippet:

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) — In this farming community where nightfall usually brings clear, starry skies, residents are abuzz over reported sightings of what many believe is a UFO.

Several dozen people — including a pilot, county constable and business owners — insist they have seen a large silent object with bright lights flying low and fast. Some reported seeing fighter jets chasing it.

“People wonder what in the world it is because this is the Bible Belt, and everyone is afraid it’s the end of times,” said Steve Allen, a freight company owner and pilot who said the object he saw last week was a mile long and half a mile wide. “It was positively, absolutely nothing from these parts.”

While federal officials insist there’s a logical explanation, locals swear that it was larger, quieter, faster and lower to the ground than an airplane. They also said the object’s lights changed configuration, unlike those of a plane. People in several towns who reported seeing it over several weeks have offered similar descriptions of the object.

Machinist Ricky Sorrells said friends made fun of him when he told them he saw a flat, metallic object hovering about 300 feet over a pasture behind his Dublin home. But he decided to come forward after reading similar accounts in the Stephenville Empire-Tribune.

“You hear about big bass or big buck in the area, but this is a different deal,” Sorrells said. “It feels good to hear that other people saw something, because that means I’m not crazy.”

Sorrells said he has seen the object several times. He said he watched it through his rifle’s telescopic lens and described it as very large and without seams, nuts or bolts.

Maj. Karl Lewis, a spokesman for the 301st Fighter Wing at the Joint Reserve Base Naval Air Station in Fort Worth, said no F-16s or other aircraft from his base were in the area the night of Jan. 8, when most people reported the sighting.

One man has offered a reward for a photograph or videotape of the mysterious object.

Erath County Constable Lee Roy Gaitan said that he first saw red glowing lights and then white flashing lights moving fast, but that even with binoculars could not see the object to which the lights were attached.

“I didn’t see a flying saucer and I don’t know what it was, but it wasn’t an airplane, and I’ve never seen anything like it,” Gaitan said. “I think it must be some kind of military craft — at least I hope it was.”

 Posted by at 9:23 pm