Instant messenger encryption with Pidgin and Pidgin-OTR

All major messaging applications pass data through their servers and as we already know, all service providers, including Google, Yahoo and Microsoft, log this data – everything you write to your friends, family, colleagues, etc.

Continuing the series of posts on improving communication privacy, this time we learn how to encrypt our instant messenger conversations…

BIOS Error Codes

AMIBIOS is a kind of BIOS manufactured by American Megatrends (AMI).

AwardBIOS is a kind of BIOS manufactured by Award, now owned by Phoenix Technologies.

Several custom implementations of the PhoenixBIOS system exist in many popular motherboards. The beep codes from a Phoenix-based BIOS may be exactly the same as the true Phoenix beep codes or they may vary.

Encrypting Thunderbird email with OpenPGP

Email messages are at the moment the least secure method of transferring information. They are almost always written in plain-text, jumping around from server to server with anyone interested in eavesdropping on them able to do so.

To use an end-to-end PGP encryption with Thunderbird, you’ll need to install Enigmail (Thunderbird extension) and GnuPG…

YaCy – distributed (P2P) web search engine

In the light confirming stuff some of us already knew was true (see PRISM scandal), leaving the old and mighty Google behind and moving on to a more open / decentralized / uncensoring search engine is the only path…

YaCy is a free search engine that anyone can use to build a search portal for their intranet or to help search the public internet….