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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • I'm surprised whenever someone hands their computer over to repair drones without wiping the disk. There's information on my disk I don't want anyone else to have. Like, say, my keychain. I'd not be surprised to find fragments of passwords and passphrases in the swap file. I don't particularly want anyone else to be able to see my browser history or to have a copy of my amazon.co.uk cookie.

    But regardless of that, if you don't have backups which you know are good (because you test them regularly) you g

    • There's nothing on my machine that I really mind Apple having. All the personal stuff's in my home directory and that has hard encryption on the whole thing - without my password you can't access any of it. Yes, I know in theory apple could install a keyboard sniffer or some funky routine in the root partition, and screw me as soon as I log in for the first time when I get the machine back, but I'm not that paranoid - they make the O.S. anyway, so I figure you gotta trust them somewhat. I don't think any nosy tech will be going to quite that level of trouble.

      Oh, and having an encrypted home directory rocks for doing backups, as it's just one file. Log out, log in as someone else and then just copy the one file to the external fire wire drive, at about a gigabyte a minute (or twice as fast if you've got a firewire 800 drive I presume.) Since it's just *one* *file* it goes really really quick compared to copying a gigabyte of small tiny little fires.

      LaCie drives rock, I second that statement.

      Oh and while we're talking about notes to the repair dudes, screw putting notes on the file. Go to the stationery shop and get some large labels, write "DO NOT REPLACE HARD DRIVE, UNBACKED UP DATA" on them and stick it in the centre of the case or by the trackpad or somewhere it'll be seen. I figure that there's no way that someone could miss that, where they could quite conceivably not check the online records.