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Power

Submission + - Primary and backup power fails, websites offline.

An anonymous reader writes: The Los Angeles Times has an article describing how the power outage in San Francisco yesterday knocked several popular web sites (including craigslist and technorati) off line. These sites were hosted at 365 Main. The article points out the irony in a 365 Main press release that day announcing one customer had shut down its "redundant" data center in the Midwest and was thrilled with 365 Main after "two years of continuous uptime." 365 Main has posted a summary of the incident.
Encryption

Submission + - TrueCrypt 4.3 Released

RedBear writes: "A new update to the best open source transparent encryption software has been released. Sadly there is still no Linux GUI or Mac OS X port in sight. If you are one of the thronging hordes who have been patiently awaiting ubiquitous multi-platform encryption please consider donating time or money to the cause, and add your voice to the forum so the developers get some idea of how many of us need this software to work on other platforms. For those not in the know, TrueCrypt is (the only?) open source encryption software capable of creating and mounting encrypted virtual disk images that can then be worked with transparently like any other storage drive, with data being encrypted and decrypted in real-time. These virtual disks can be created as files, or entire partitions or physical drives can be encrypted and mounted transparently. Also including features like plausible deniability, steganographically hidden volumes, unidentifiable partition headers, traveller mode, and your choice of the strongest available encryption algorithms up to and including multi-algorithm cascades, it is practically the Holy Grail for advocates of free ubiquitous encryption. Now, if only it was platform independent. From the site:

We are pleased to announce that TrueCrypt 4.3 has been released. Among the new features is full compatibility with 32-bit and 64-bit Windows Vista, support for devices and file systems that use a sector size other than 512 bytes (such as new hard drives, USB flash drives, DVD-RAM, MP3 players, etc.), auto-dismount when a host device (e.g., a USB flash drive) is inadvertently removed, and many more. In addition to new features, there are many significant improvements.
To reduce load on their servers here are some Coralized versions of all the links above:

TrueCrypt home page
Future development goals
Forum thread about Mac OS X version
Donations page
General forum
Plausible deniability
Hidden volumes
Traveller mode
Encryption algorithms
Multi-algorithm cascades
Version history"
Data Storage

Submission + - SAN's and disk utilization

pnutjam writes: "I work for a small to medium mental health company as the Network Administrator. While I think a SAN is a bit of overkill for our dozen servers it was here when I got here. We currently boot 7 servers from our SAN and all their disks are also on the SAN. Several of them have started to show excessive disk load, notably our SQL server and our old file, print, & domain controller server. I am in the process of seperating our file/print server from our domain controller, but right now I get excessive disk load during the morning when people log on (we use roaming profiles). I think part of this is because the disks need to be defragged. I get different answers from everybody when I ask if I should defrag on the servers (windows 2003), or the SAN (xiotech), or both. I also get conflicting answers when I inquire whether I would get better throughput from newer fibre-channel cards (ours are PCI-x, PCI-e is significantly faster), or mixing in some local disks, or using multiple fibre channel cards.

I would like to know if anybody else has dealt with a similar situation or has some expertise in this area."
Encryption

Submission + - HD-DVD AACS DRM Cracked?

robizzle writes: New DRM standard, used in HDDVD and Blueray, AACS (Advanced Access Content System) has seemingly been beaten. According to a post on Doom9 by muslix64, his new BackupHDDVD tool decrypts and dismantles AACS on a Windows PC. The java command line application is able to decrypt and dump the video right off the disc provided a cryptography key (none included with application, though seemingly easy to obtain.) Full source code has been provided along with the java executable. Youtube video also provided here.

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