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Download DVDs onto my 30GB iPod

Trying to download DVDs onto my 30g iPod? Here’s how I did it.

The official way to do this is to purchase Quicktime Pro from Apple but it doesn’t support all video types (especially not ones that are downloaded off the net–but no one does that…)

However there is some free software out there for you: http://www.videora.com/en-us/Converter/iPod/download.php

A couple notes: you may want to shrink your DVD down to size before putting it on the iPod. A double layer DVD is about 8 GB. The converter naturally removes a large portion of that as it shrinks it down to 320 pixels wide but it can still be big. A decent program for grabbing your movie off your DVD onto your computer (do this before you convert it to an iPod format) is at http://www.labdv.com/dvdx/

Sooo. Step one–Use DVDx to copy your movie off your DVD. Step two–convert the movie into MP4 format using Videora. By the way each of these steps will take some time–the conversion takes almost as much time as watching the video cuz that’s what the computer is doing–watching the movie and recording it in another format.

Enjoy,
Tim

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Work life update

Here’s a few cool projects that I’ve worked on over the past couple years. Enjoy.

http://www.nothingbutnets.net
(I did a bunch of the set up on this site. The design was created by a company in Vancouver)

http://naturalareas.saleient.com/
This site is a survey for the city of Edmonton to see what the citizens think of the local natural areas. This was very successful and could lead to some more work with the city in the future. I worked with Mike Evans (http://www.teleologic.ca/) and James Mireau (http://www.taskone.com/) on this. Mike did all the communications work and James put together the design. I created the survey and did the statistical analysis. The survey is just one part of the project.

http://www.allaboutelectrical.com/
This site is just starting out but it’s going to be cool. Ask questions about electrical matters.

http://www.mbveneer.com/
I built all the back end systems. The design was done by a company in Calgary. In particular, check out http://www.mbveneer.com/designzone-covermyworld.cfm and try building a project.

http://www.albertasoccer.com/
I’m currently working on trying to get them to update the site. It could look so much better.

The land developer’s project management software is at http://www.aceraprojects.com/ and it’s for Acera (www.acera.ca). There’s a demo available at http://pm.pivotib.com/ but it really needs a bit of an introduction before you can wade into it.

Of course there’s also my other sites like www.saleient.com and www.conflux.ca

Now, if you’re interested in seeing the cools stuff that’s emerging on the internet you could visit these sites:
http://www.techcrunch.com/
http://digg.com/

A couple blogs that I check frequently:
http://blog.guykawasaki.com/
http://headrush.typepad.com/creating_passionate_users/
http://www.goodexperience.com/index.php
http://www.37signals.com/svn/

Some of my friends are doing cool things too:
http://www.markwells.ca/ – Mark writes on Alberta Politics and other miscellaneous topics.
http://www.1024media.com/ – My friend Branden is an expert at getting web traffic to his clients’ sites.
http://www.liftinteractive.com/ – These guys are upstairs in my building. They’re releasing a new product, http://getparade.com/, very soon.
http://inviteright.com/ – These guys are also in the building. Online event planning.
http://www.fissionmediagroup.com/ – These guys are in the building as well. I’m working on a upcoming project with them.

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Graphic Design Resources

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Home Media Centre

This is what I’m setting up:
http://www.willmer.com/kb/mythtv/
Okay, so I’m not going to do this like other people. Here’s the plan:

I’ve got a 27″ LCD TV in our living room. LCD’s are nice because they use less power, take up less space and have a great picture. Not quite as bright as a plasma other TV’s but the other benefits make up for it for our home.

I’ve got a Yamaha DVD Player/Amp and 5+1 speaker system. Very nice and great theatre sound.

Now, I want the digital media player to work for me. I’ve got a hard drive filled with all my MP3s and a bunch of DVDs and other movies. I’d like to play them. I’ve decided to use one of my PC’s (a very cool Shuttle system) and get it set up with KnoppMyth (a linux distribution that will make a computer into a PVR, personal video recorder). For now, I don’t have a TV card in the Shuttle so I can’t do any of the PVR stuff but KnoppMyth also works pretty well as a Media Player. I’ll pop my hard drive in it and voila, I’ve got a media centre.

So here’s the cool stuff. First have you seen the Zen Shuttle? Looks good. And it’s very quiet. Because the power supply is out side the box, like a laptop, it doesn’t need a big fan making a lot of noise so the little quiet fan inside doesn’t have to work hard and doesn’t make much noise.

Zen Shuttle

Next, KnoppMyth is Linux. I can hook it up to the home network, allow it to share folders on other computers, or use it to download more goodies.

It’s going to take a bit of work to put it together but should be well worth it.

Here’s an article on setting this up:
http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1558,1814975,00.asp

For the ultimate media server:
http://howtoforge.com/ultimate_freebsd_media_server

What is this Jinzora thing?
http://www.jinzora.com/

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Free Outlook Spam Filter

Here is a pretty good Outlook plugin spam filter. This was found by Jesse. http://spambayes.sourceforge.net/

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Squidoo

http://www.squidoo.com/

Here’s a site where people can sign up for a “lens”. Each lens is a page about a topic and the content is added to that page by the “lensmaster”. The site give you a bunch of tools for formatting and creating the content. As well, if your lens is popular, you get a share of the ad revenue and you actually get paid.

If you’re not sure about how to build a great lens, maybe you should attend SquidU (http://www.squidu.com/), a online elearning site that teaches you about how you can put your thoughts together.

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