The Ultimate Guide to DVD Encoding with Handbrake

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It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Handbrake. After committing to copying my DVD collection to my storage array, I've tried and tested just about all software out there for converting video to H.264 with an emphasis on quality and speed. Many software packages have problems with quality or desynchronized audio, Handbrake is my hands-down favorite when it comes down to converting video -- and that includes both free and commercial software. One of the complaints I hear about Handbrake is that there are too many options. Well, the good news for someone looking for simplicity is that the built-in presets mostly take care of them for you. And for anyone who likes to dive into the nitty gritty of video compression, it also allows for a lot of tweaking to get the most out of your movie while maintaining small file sizes and high quality. Read on for my full guide to Handbrake features.

Google Adds Two-Factor Authentication To Google Apps (For Real, This Time)

I'm not trying to say I had anything to do with Google adding…
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A phpBB 3 iPhone Style Theme With Option to Disable

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A forum that I am an adminstrator for has been clamoring for an iPhone theme (style) for a long time now. In the past, I hadn't seen any usable iPhone template for phpBB3, until now. View this entire post to view my modifications to a theme switcher for mobile devices, so that the end user can disable a mobile theme for their login if they should choose to do so.

HBO GO Online Streaming Video Review and Screenshots

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HBO GO has been in the works for a while now, and is an indication…

UbunTOS - Ubuntu 9.10 + TinyOS 2.x VirtualBox Image

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This is my admittedly minor but I hope useful contribution to…

Replacing the Cable Box - Boxee and Live HD TV with the Acer Revo 3610

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Gone is my 500+ channel television subscription along with the required boxes necessary to decode all of that content. The DVR, which has been a mainstay of my family's television viewing habits, has been ousted. In it's place is a kick-ass system that keeps the DVR functionality for many of the TV shows that we usually watch, brings in much new content, and also saves me a few bucks each month. Let's face it, you don't want all of the content that your cable provider offers. Cable providers have fought a-la-carte programming tooth and nail for this very reason. Much of it is specialty programming, and though I admit it is nice to know it was there, my family and I rarely watched any of it. My new setup brings many new sources as well as a CHOICE to what you want to view. I am very happy with the results so far.

Operation Replace Cable Programming and HD DVR Box - Part 1 - The Plan

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I've decided to replace my cable plan and DVR box with something…