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Doug McLean | 25 Mar 2009 | 0 comments

Q: After using various encryption solutions, we have chosen PGP as the best solution, but I have a couple of machines causing problems. These machines previously had  another vendor's full disk encryption product installed on them, but they have been decrypted and the software uninstalled. PGP installs fine on the machines, but when Whole Disk Encryption is chosen, they come up with the following error :

'Another whole disk encryption product is installed. Please remove it before trying to encrypt your drive.'

I know that the recommended solution would be to re-image them, but this is going to cause problems with legacy software installed on a few of them. Is there another way round this ?

A: The most common cause of this issue is that the previously installed product was not completely uninstalled. Specifically, unless the system registry entries are cleaned up, PGP Whole Disk Encryption will believe that the...

Doug McLean | 04 Oct 2008 | 0 comments

As a lifelong resident of California I’d be the first to admit that state politics on the left coast can sometimes be a little peculiar.

Last month with the Governor and the Legislature at their traditional impasse over the state budget, the Governor was threatening to veto the budget AND more than 900 other bills if the Legislature voted to over-ride his budget veto. Finally, on September 18 the governor and the legislature agreed on a budget (80 days late). With this piece of business out of the way, Governor Schwarzenegger turned his attention to processing the 896 bills passed by the legislature in the wake of the budget deal.

Unfortunately, this didn’t leave the governor enough time to do the standard due diligence on which bills to sign or veto. In California the governor must do one or other as we have a sort of “reverse pocket veto” law that...