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I just created a PGP/GPG key signing policy.

After holding a small but fun Key Signing Party in Copenhagen yesterday, I decided that it would probably be a good idea to document my own policy when it comes to when and how I will sign other people’s keys.

My main motivations for doing this are that I want to expand the web of trust and I want to spread the use of GPG among my friends, relatives and social media contacts.

My requirements for signing your key aren’t that strict. Basically if I know you well, I will sign your key. If I don’t know you that well, you can send me color scan of your Danish passport or driver’s license and I’ll sign your key after verifying the information.

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I recently discovered that my old GPG key had expired (truthfully I hardly ever used it). And of course I had forgotten to  generate a revocation certificate back then. So I generated a new key. This blog post is mainly just to verify that the key I published below does, in fact, belong to me.

If you want to add me to your “web of trust” by signing the key for me, I would be really happy. Let me know if you do!

Here’s the entire key, which has fingerprint 78189E24005B09330CF62536416C5A0DD9FA2EE5.You might want to check the MIT Key Server for a version with more trust signatures :)

-----BEGIN PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK-----
Version: GnuPG v2.0.22 (MingW32)
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Hag2bWcXAzv5OkN8P4K6lIxO4jS27MDH9+jcxBYBnh9WZP+YLuVuM0i1ebXUIU6v
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Gm6W2bfFfJLW649SI6uCcxr9wPFMOquaVLRn6A322iClO7aW8JibQdc3rJOdip+D
Vg9eGyis9cDKUh1mCAqivkktUY/nojtLBmasDFsG9tvk7E3669Nqm89nhPrMCBzr
tAkSw91GRlfoSL2tzivGyOlu/0tLYh8H6ezZLzhqkjCvAkYMyRR1jUvMxtvhKXtz
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px/VdvzLn9/z1Ihti7bLi+3VluYebjDwlpk3LTgKjdANj16OOoHpEe245rQpG1PJ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=W/UQ
-----END PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK-----

Edit: I just managed to revoke my old cert, so the one above is now the only one active for my email address.

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I enabled BitLocker™ encryption on one of my drives today and couldn’t seem to find a way of checking the status of the process. It turned out to be relatively easy.

Start a PowerShell command window as Administrator and enter the following command:

manage-bde -status L:

This will output a small hunk of information about the encryption status of the drive you selected.

C:\Windows\system32> manage-bde -status l:
BitLocker Drive Encryption: Configuration Tool version 6.3.9600
Copyright (C) 2013 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

Volume L: [iSCSI]
[Data Volume]

    Size:                 926,87 GB
    BitLocker Version:    2.0
    Conversion Status:    Encryption in Progress
    Percentage Encrypted: 12,7%
    Encryption Method:    AES 128
    Protection Status:    Protection Off
    Lock Status:          Unlocked
    Identification Field: Unknown
    Automatic Unlock:     Disabled
    Key Protectors:
        Password
        Numerical Password

C:\Windows\system32>

Just thought I'd put this here for my own future reference.

Update: *dough* I should have just checked my System Tray for this little fellow:

image

Clicking it gave me this neat little window:

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Oh well. It’s always fun playing around with PowerShell I guess.

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I recently swapped out my iPad for a Surface 2 and must admit I haven’t looked back once. I stumbled across a neat little trick that allows me to use the Play To functionality to stream content from the Surface 2 to my XBMC media center (which is running on a projector in my living room).

The XBMC Media Center shows up under Play Devices as “Not Windows certified”

 

Screenshot (1)

Playing to non-certified devices is still possible, however. This is done simply by adding a registry key. To do this, go to your start screen, type regedit and hit enter on the search result (regedit.exe). Now navigate to the key

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\PlayTo

If that key doesn’t exist just create it. Then create a new 32-bit DWORD value called ShowNonCertifiedDevices and set its value to 1.

Now if you try to Play To again you should see your device on the list.

Screenshot (3) 

Now you can stream videos from your Surface 2 straight to your DLNA-enabled TV or Media Center device. Awesome right?

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I finally succeeded in getting the Cisco AnyConnect VPN client to work on my Windows 8 home PC. I couldn't get the ActiveX or JAVA-based versions to work, so after logging in to the VPN portal, I got an option do download the software and install it manually. 

However, once I tried to connect, I got the following error: 

 

To solve this, open the Registry Editor and go to [HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\vpna] and modify the DisplayName key so that it only contains the text

Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client Virtual Miniport Adapter for Windows x64

Once this is done, you're all set and the VPN client should work just fine.