The Case of the Stolen Laptop: How to Encrypt, and Why


By Barton Gellman

The Case of the Stolen Laptop: How to Encrypt, and Why

There’s an investigator I know, top of her profession, who once put her laptop in the trunk of a cab. By the time she reached her hotel, the laptop was gone. This happens thousands of times a year at airports, train stations, libraries and coffee shops. Sometimes the thief wants your hardware. Sometimes your data turns out to be more valuable, or its loss more damaging. (It’s pathetically easy to find examples.) And sometimes the victim is not a matter of chance.

In this case our investigator was onto something hot. She was closing in on a high-profile scandal that disturbed the interests of powerful and resourceful people. Maybe her bag was jacked by a petty thief, but Occam’s Razor pointed another way. She had to assume her targets now knew anything they could glean from her computer. I found her to be oddly undisturbed by this. She said she had followed the first rule of prudence, which is not to write anything down — especially in digital form — that you really, really need to keep secret. But I thought she was nuts to believe she lost nothing sensitive. It is astonishing what current forensic tools can learn from your computer. Seguir leyendo “The Case of the Stolen Laptop: How to Encrypt, and Why”

Sleek Interface Designs from DeviantART



We encounter user interfaces everywhere in our daily lives. When I look at interfaces, they always inspire me and I hope that they will inspire you too. Here are 40 creative interface designs from DeviantART for your inspiration.

1. AdvancedUI: Status Screen

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Get to the Choppa! Composing the Mobicopter Theme


AuthorAugi
Judging from the overwhelming volume of positive tweets about our new site, one of the most heralded features is our Mobicopter.

The Mobicopter system allows you to control an onscreen helicopter, in real-time, from your mobile device.

I was extremely excited to design the mobile user interface for the system.  But, as exciting as the concept is, I wanted to give the user interaction just a little push beyond the ordinary, to take the experience to the next level.

After a bit of thought, I realized I had to create the Mobicopter Theme Song to end all Mobicopter Theme songs – to take users on a journey down the proverbial highway into the zone of danger.

But Why? How?

As an Art Director I spend most of my days pushing pixels & sketching out ideas for new UI’s – a job that I’ve found more & more to be my passion in life.  However, I have a strong belief that all creatives, no matter the discipline, can learn from each other’s formative process. I’m a photographer & musician in addition to designer. I’ve found that those disciplines have helped to feed new structure, discipline, and thought into my daily work.

I’ve played the guitar since I was 13.  I actually began my college years with the intention of becoming a jazz musician, before entering the digital design world.  So, the opportunity to stretch some musical muscle was particularly exciting for me.

Creating the Mobicopter Theme

As a child of the 80’s, the word “helicopter” is inextricably linked to the TV show, Airwolf.

The Mobicopter Theme is a thinly veiled homage to Airwolf’s main theme. I made sure to keep the intervals & key different than the original, and I threw in a turnaround to mix it up a bit.

Logic Pro

I use Apple’s Logic Studio as my workhorse for ideation, recording, mixing, and finishing touches on a song.  All guitar processing is handled by Native Instrument’s Guitar Rig 2. Logic is a great piece of software that I’ve come to think of as my sonic Photoshop. It can handle light sketches of musical ideas, while still allowing me to develop those same ideas into fleshed out and processed compositions.

Ideation + Recording Guitar Parts

Logic Pro2

When sitting down to record something, I dial in the initial guitar tone, find the tempo that feels comfortable, and set up kicks on quarter notes as a base groove. Logic allows you to set up a desired interval to loop and then record different takes within that loop seamlessly.

Recording different takes is extremely important to my workflow. Concentrating on the nuances of phrasing, the different takes allow me to pepper subtle variance throughout the performance. It also enables me to come up with entirely new parts while improvising ideas.  When you stumble across the perfect take, you want to make sure it’s laid down to a track.

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Figuring out what adapter to use when you are traveling is a bitch


Let’s be honest. Figuring out what adapter to use when  you are traveling is a bitch. Do I need Adapter B Plug 6? Or is it  Adapter E Plug 11? Well Josh and I worked together and launched a new  feature at FLIGHT 001 where you can just type in the country you are  traveling to and we will pull the adapter you need. Your life,  simplified. Check it out.

Let’s be honest. Figuring out what adapter to use when you are traveling is a bitch. Do I need Adapter B Plug 6? Or is it Adapter E Plug 11? Well Josh and I worked together and launched a new feature at FLIGHT 001 where you can just type in the country you are traveling to and we will pull the adapter you need. Your life, simplified.

Check it out.

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