Paranoidbot: Diskeeper, Craig Jensen and Scientology

Here's a hypothetical question - would you install this program on your Windows machine? Here's some features:

1) Its chief CEO is a high ranking Scientologist.

2) It trains it's staff in the L Ron Hubbard Management system

3) It rummages through your entire machine, poking around, pushing, pulling and rearranging your files.

Would you say yes? As you're the kind of person who's found Skeptobot then answer is probably "no."

But yet you almost certainly have. Diskeeper
is a defrag corperation, that is run by, and trains its staff in Scientology nonsense. These people then develop the inbuilt Windows defrag software that you use to neaten up your hard drive, and poke around.

Isn't it slightly concerning that Scientology has such access to the whole of your hard drive?

Back in 2000, good old Germany (which beautifully defines Scientology as a "psycho-group") began investigating Diskeeper as a threat to the Constitution.(wired article)

To which the CoE replied:

"Politicians have this theory that we will invade the government and German firms. This really is a stupid thing. What use would we have for all of this data?"


Now one of the main stages in "Auditing" in Scientology is the "PreClear" folders. It's like Confession, where you tell them all your worst secrets (to weaken the attachment of your alien thetans one would expect), and then they store them for all time. "Securely."

Couple that with the California ruling (about the persecution of ex-scientologists) that states:
"…the Church has in its possession his or her most inner thoughts and confessions, all recorded in pre-clear (P.C.) folders or other security files of the organization, and that the Church or its minions is fully capable of intimidation or other physical or psychological abuse if it suits their ends. The record is replete with evidence of such abuse.

From here - page 8 (pdf).

Now I'm sure that Scientology aren't secretly spying on your machine. But I don't trust them. So I think it's an interesting point to be aware off.

Remember the classic privacy slogan - if you've nothing to hide - you're boring.

Disclaimer: I'm still researching what has and is happening. I know for sure that Diskeeper software is in Windows 2000, and I'm pretty certain it's in XP. I've no idea about Vista. I left that rancid OS brand years ago so I've no access to any Windows machines.

UPDATE: 15/2/2008 According to Wikipedia" The defragmenter program included with the Windows 2000, 2003, XP, and Vista operating systems is based on a basic version of a previous Diskeeper version. 

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

xp does indeed use diskeeper:
in the more info section of this help page
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314848

i havn't managed to find out whether windows vista uses it, it might use a propriatary one, but i'll have to keep looking.

Roger.

Bill Thompson said...

It is not on Vista. I am sure of it.

Anonymous said...

i actually just had a job interview with diskeeper. the scientolgy is rampant. the hr director had a chart on her desk to help her determine the theta count for allplicants based on their personality traits. i am convinced the majority of the operation is a front.

Anonymous said...

I work there. I'm not a Scientologist. Diskeeper is not a front group. There are only about 20 staff members in Scn, mostly at the top of the organization. There are about 100 total staff members. Religious beliefs are never talked about at work. They only use the Admin Tech to run the business, not to recruit new members. I'm sure they would love it if staff members became Scientologists and got involved in the Scn church, but it never happens. New non-Scn staff members usually see the Hubbard Admin Technology as weird, so they either use it like everyone else or quit. But the Diskeeper product works so great that the company continues to grow every year.

Anonymous said...

Hi
I know someone who works there now.The company is crazy ,they exploit all the developers and the QA people.They force them to work till late night and force them to come on weekends.Most people are frustrated there and people don't stay there for a long time.They make everyone take the Ron Hubbard management and its full of crap.They observe you all the time and make your life miserable.They make promises to client to deliver product in very short time and inturn exploit the employees to finish it.
If anyone is getting newly hired beware as you can become sick working here.

dkollin said...

Holy crap. It took me drilling down like 30 pages until I managed to finally find this page. I'm currently being recruited by Diskeeper, did some research, saw the whole scientology thing and thought, dang that's just plain wierd. But then again a buck's a buck, right? Still the whole thing is kind of creepy. Dunno what I'm gonna do. They want me to come in for an interview. Hmm....

Anonymous said...

DSLReports.com is in on it too...
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Bill Thompson said...

it is a scientology front org. I interviewed there. The employee who said it is not is not dealing with reality. During the interview process they make you take one of those looney personality tests. They hire you based on this alone and never discuss what you can bring to the company. THey might have a good product now. But that will change soon, God (or grand theaten) willing.

Anonymous said...

"To which the CoE replied"

What is the 'CoE'? Is that a typo?

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