128 bits is still strong and will be for the forseeable future, excepting a sudden mathmatical breakthrough. Further, the cost to brute force rises exponentially with the keysize and can easily outpace Moore's Law.
You would do well to pick up a copy of "Applied Cryptography" (or "Practical Cryptography", which is sort of the updated version, but I haven't read it myself yet). In particular, you may find the chapter on combining ciphers enlightening. You can't just put two 256-bit ciphers together and get a 512-bit cipher. IIRC, you're not worse off (security-wise) than if you had only used one cipher, but you're probably no better off, either. It's possible to combine ciphers, but it has to be done carefuly.
send money to your kernel via the boot loader.. This and more wisdom available from Markov Hardburn.
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