Technology

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BugMeNot.com

Bypass mandatory website registrations & logins

If you’ve ever visited a website that forced you to register or login just to view information, download files, or more, check out BugMeNot.com.  From there you simply enter the address of the website “bugging” you and they’ll return usernames and passwords you can use. http://bugmenot.com

Automated Video Processor (AVP)

Videos purchased from iTunes come in standard and or high definition, perfectly formatted for your iDevice, and include features like cover art, movie ratings, description, cast and crew names, subtitles, and more. While purchasing from iTunes is convenient, it can quickly grow to an unacceptable expense (especially if you already...

MacBook Air

Tame Your MacBook Air’s Noisy Fan

Does your Mac Air sound like a hotel hair dryer?  Is the fan running even when your computer is doing nothing?  You can easily fix this with an SMC reset: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3964 Here is the section you need: Shut down the computer. Plug in the MagSafe power adapter to a power...

Adding or Removing Subtitles within MP4/M4V Videos

Whether you need to add that foreign subtitle because your distant relatives are visiting or need to remove them because your DVD/Blu-ray ripper has gone crazy, adding/removing subtitles on the Mac is a snap. Adding Subtitles Download and install Subler If you need subtitles, download your SRT (subtitle file) from...

HandBrake No Valid Source Found Error

Fixing Handbrake’s “No Valid Source Found” Error

HandBrake is my tool of choice for video conversion.  Its free, easy to use, and reliable.  Reliable, until it errors with a message of “No Valid Source Found” after selecting your source video.  Here are some of the common fixes to this error: Ensure you have a valid source Sometimes...

Fixing a locked iTunes Library

So something happened (likely your computer abruptly shut down) and now iTunes is giving you an error message that your Library file is locked: This is easy enough to fix: Close iTunes Move all files from the root of your iTunes library folder to another location Open iTunes which will...

Converting Hyper-V Hard Disks to VMWare (and vice versa)

To convert Hyper-V Virtual Disks [VHD] to a VMWare Virtual Disks [VMDK] (or vice versa), follow the instructions below: Download and install WinImage Open WinImage and select Disk | Convert Virtual Hard Disk Image Change the drive type to your source drive type, browse and select the source drive, and click...

Nook Tablet

Rooting your Nook Tablet

The Nook Tablet is a low cost, quality color eBook reader that includes the functionality and performance of a full fledged tablet. Unfortunately, customization of the Nook Tablet is locked down and application selection is restricted to the poor selection within the Nook Store. To unlock (or root) your Nook...

Make sure you back up!

Nowadays almost all our most precious items are stored digitally: home movies, photos, music, documents, etc.  Losing this data would be disastrous and yet most of us do not have adequate backup strategies to prevent loss.  The only excuse to not protecting this data properly is a lack of education...

Boxee Box

Controlling a Boxee Box from an IR Remote

The Boxee Box comes with a cool RF remote with built in keyboard.  Unfortunately most people have universal IR remotes and won’t be able to control the Boxee Box unless you apply the following $10 fix: 1. Buy a Manta TR1 IR Receiver for Boxee Box (a cheap $10 USB IR...

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