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DVD Decrypter beaten!

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

I’ve been using DVD Decrypter to rip and backup my DVDs to iPods for years, despite no further developement since 2005.

DVD Decrypter Version 3.5.4.0 (final)

DVD Decrypter Version 3.5.4.0 (final)

An exceptional tiny application that easily removes the Copy Protection System from DVDs, which enables you to transcode the DVD for mobile device playback. I also use Badaboom, Badaboom is a blazingly fast media converter that formats video files for a variety of devices, including iPod, PSP, iPad, and YouTube, by using your system’s graphics processing unit (GPU).  If you have an Nvidia chipset!

DVD Decrypter output 1

DVD Decrypter output 1

So I was a little surprised when I couldn’t backup Disney’s new Alice In Wonderland…

It starts to report Read Errors (Retry 1 etc), but this DVD disc is brand new out of the cellphone wrapping, so it cannot be physical errors on the media, but something is odd, because if you look at the number of files and total it’s repoting 58GB on the disc, this should read alarm bells.

DVD Decrypter output 2

DVD Decrypter output 2

if you continue, the Retry errors increase and eventually, you’ll get an error message below

DVD Decrypter error message when trying to backup Disney's Alice in Wonderland

DVD Decrypter error message when trying to backup Disney's Alice in Wonderland

if you ignore this error message, it will continue to extract the data, but you’ll end up with a 58GB DVD! It would appear that Disney have done something with the layout to confuse DVD Decrypter Version 3.5.4.0 (final). Maybe it’s the Fast-Play, I don’t know, but as I’ve always said software can always be broken with software, so time to try another software product…

Enter DVDFab HD Decrypter, another backup tool which is also FREE.

DVDFab HD Decrypter http://www.dvdfab.com/en/hd-decrypter.htm

DVDFab HD Decrypter http://www.dvdfab.com/en/hd-decrypter.htm

Ah, this software does the job nicely, shame I still prefer the simplicity of DVD Decrypter, and it’s has a tiny footprint.

So if DVD Decrypter doesn’t work for you try DVDFab HD Decrypter

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Demon Changes it’s website, but still keeps tools for nerds!

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Ever since Demon was my first true ISP (AC - After CIX) back in the days of MS-DOS, Trumpet Winsock (Microsoft Windows 3.1) and Mosaic, I’ve always used Demon’s web-based Internet Tools, (DNS info, whois etc) since to this very day, so I was a bit confused and started to panic, when they had changed the website, but they’ve still kept the tools available now at this URL (web link for people that don’t know what a URL is!).

http://knowledgebase.demon.net/article/internet-tools.html

Demon's Infamous Internet Tools

Demon's Infamous Internet Tools

If you don’t know what they do, there probably not for you!

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NOW is the time

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

If there’s one video clip you got to watch this one…

Years to reach 50 million users:-

  1. RADIO - 38 Years
  2. TELEVISION - 13 YEARS
  3. INTERNET - 4 YEARS
  4. IPOD - 3 YEARS
  5. FACEBOOK added 100 million users in less than 9 months….

watch the video clip for more frightening or exciting statistics…..!

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Catastrophic SAN HP MSA2324i failure

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Not my SAN, one of my clients had a Catastrophic SAN failure on a Hewlett Packard MSA2324i, the whole VMware vSphere 4.0 Enterprise virtual environment was on it, they been without service for two working days.

A power supply fan failed and within 3 minutes the other power supply failed, causing the MSA to start and then reset due to a thermal fault which then caused THREE disks to fail in the RAID6, vdisk! which then caused the vdisk to fail, and hence all the virtual machines!

I’ve just ended my day, after restoring Service!

Thats IT! and I love it!

Off to my bed now, before the dawn chrous!

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Are You Satisified with an average life?

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Are you satisfied with an average life ?
Do I need to lie to make my way in life ?

from the Song - Are You Satisified? - Marina & The Diamonds

Marina & The Diamonds@Leeds Met 31 May 2010 - A few videos

the sounds quality is appalling because the high volume from the PA at the gig overloaded the camera’s internal microphone. but here are a few videos captured live at Leeds Met on the evening of 31 May 2010.

But the Gig was FAB! Thanks Marina!

Outsider and I Am Not A Robot

Oh No

Numb and Obsessions

still on a high, but must try and get some zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…..

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Marina & The Diamonds@Leeds Met - Fantastic

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Just back from Marina & The Diamonds@Leeds Met - Fantastic Gig

Marina & The Diamonds @ Leeds Met 31 May 2010

Marina & The Diamonds @ Leeds Met 31 May 2010

Marina & The Diamonds @ Leeds Met 31 May 2010

Marina & The Diamonds @ Leeds Met 31 May 2010

An artist to watch for the future, excellent voice, excellent lyrics, plays piano, writes own songs, attractive……very Kate Bush! (maybe!)

Videos are rendering upload soon….

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