Nowadays, more and more businesses are mandating their vendors encrypt their hard disks. This means that if the device was stolen or hard drive removed, the data contained would be scrambled and inaccessable. Symantec's Full Disk Encryption product is great but costs arouns $150. TrueCrypt is a free, open-source Windows based utility that can encrypt whole disks, files and folders.
To protect yourself from the NSA, take these steps:
1. Stop using Facebook, Linked-In, and Twitter
2. Download Tor
3. Be responsible
Apple TV Vs. Roku Vs. PS3
The mission was to find a device to make my TV smart. Smart meaning that it can access the Netflix app and stream content from my PC. Both Roku and Apple TV are $99. The PS3 is $250. All three support the Netflix app. The Apple TV requires iTunes on my PC to be open and then it can stream using Home Sharing. Roku cannot stream from PC but has USB port and supports AVI, MP4, MKV files. PS3 can stream from my PC via Vuze, plays Blue-Ray movies and also plays video games. The PS3 won the battle and I'm much happier for it. If your environment is Apple-heavy, Apple TV has the cool remote and is the way to go, otherwise, Roku is the better device. One cool feature of Roku is the remote has a headphones jack for personal listening.
The final part in my unofficial 3 part series of free, open source must-have utilities. Windows Defrag is incapable of handling large (2GB+) single files, such as ISO files, virtual machine files, etc. can easily be 5GB+ each. At $200, Diskeeper Professional does the best job at this, yet Defraggler is a great free alternative. Defraggler can replace Windows Defrag during installation. While I do not choose this option, I plainly use the portable version to manually defrag at night once a month.