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Free Giveaway – Download Special edition of WinX DVD to iPod Ripper

WinX DVD to iPod Ripper Special Edition is advanced version of WinX Free DVD to iPod Ripper. It enables you to easily rip and convert copy protected DVD movies to iPod supported video & audio formats.

WinX DVD to iPod Ripper Special EditionThis DVD to iPod ripper is fully compatible with iPod touch 3G, iPod nano, iPod classic, etc. Its intuitive interface lets you convert DVD to iPod in super fast speed with high output quality.

WinX DVD to iPod Ripper Special Edition is only for personal use under the concept of Fair Use. It is illegal to rip protected DVDs for any commercial usage.

Supported DVD Normal DVD, CSS protected DVD, Region 1 – 6, Sony ArccOS, Commercial DVD
Output video formats 320×240 AVC, 320×240 MPEG4, 640×480 AVC, 640×480 MPEG4, iPod Video2 For TV (MPEG4), iPod Video2 For TV (AVC)
Platforms Windows 98, NT, 2000, 2003, XP, Vista (32 & 64 bit), Windows 7 (32 & 64 bit)

Key Features of WinX DVD to iPod Ripper Special Edition

Remove All Kinds of Protections
Support all commercial DVDs and remove all the restrictions, including CSS protected DVDs, all region 1-6 DVDs and commercial DVDs.

Backup Latest DVD Copy Protections
Support DVDs of the latest copy protection technology. Thus you can backup newly released DVD movies, like Transformers 2, Star Trek 2009, etc.

Convert DVD to iPod Video & Audio
This DVD to iPod converter allows you to convert DVD to iPod video MP4 formats and extract audio from DVD to iPod MP3.

Rip DVD to All iPods
Perfect solution to rip DVD to all iPods, including iPod nano, iPod classic, iPod shuffle, iPod touch, etc.

Video Editing
It enables you to trim video segment you favor, customize video size, adjust parameter settings for better performance.

Easy and Fast
Ripping DVD to iPod with this software is very easy. It converts DVD movies with fast ripping speed yet without quality loss.

Download the Special Edition of WinX DVD to iPOD Ripper here.

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Enjoy your favorite DVD movies anytime and anywhere!

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Top Ten Articles of the year 2009

As the year 2009 comes to an end in about 48 hours, these posts would just bring back some of the best 10 articles which were posted this year on the blog. Posts of all categories are included in this list. The selection was primarily on the visits and how much impact has this had to ease the day to day challenges.

Kindly check the same and let me know your comments. Wish you a wonderful 2010 ahead!    

Is your Photo Editing software FREE?? 

This article briefs about the Paint.NET software, which is a free image and photo editing software for computers that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools.     

Did you know what happens to your emails when you die?

In a digital world your deepest secrets no longer die with you. If you die, your family and others could end up reading them. This article explains the policies and the procedures of popular email services like gmail, hotmail & yahoo mail and social networking sites.        

What is Email Phishing and how can you avoid email hacks? 

This article briefs about the Email Phishing which is an industry-wide problem and ways with which you can identify a phishing email. It will also brief on how to avoid these attacks on our personal email accounts like Gmail and Hotmail.

Command Line Switches for MSI and MSP Installations  

In this article, we focus on the command line arguments and the silent switches for software installations which can be used for msi and msp (un-installable patches) installers.    

Did you know these Windows Installer File Types?

This post defines the several files type which can be created for the Windows Installer technology like .msi, .msm, .cub, .mst, .idt and .pcp files.

How to troubleshoot the error 1603 “Fatal Error during Installation”?

1603 is an error message which is displayed by the Windows Installer engine and is a general error code that indicates a problem occurred during the installation. Read this article to know the scenarios and various ways to fix the error code 1603 which occurs during installation.

Windows Installer FAQs

Well, sometime back I was planning to write a series of posts covering some key discussions, topics and FAQs in the stream of windows installer and application packaging. I reckon this post would help, when some of you look at a change in your careers or when stuck up with an issue. 

AppCompat Series – Demystifying the Windows 7 Virtual XP Mode 

Windows XP Mode is a virtual machine package for Windows Virtual PC containing a pre-installed, licensed copy of Windows XP SP3 as its guest OS. XP Mode provides an additional layer of application compatibility in windows 7, which means that, you will have additional time to migrate your existing applications to the new operating system. In this article, you will find detailed information on XP Mode. 

How to create a Virtual Machine using Sun VirtualBoX 3.0

This article will showcase the features of the Sun VirtualBox 3.0 and will explain the step-by step procedures to create a Virtual machine using VirtualBoX. It is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software.

How to use Google Chrome Browser Extensions on Windows?

An extension system has been one of the most requested features for Google Chrome. One important note for the Google team was to make extensions easy to create and maintain, while preserving Google Chrome’s speed and stability (Speed of access being Chrome’s Unique Selling Point). In this article, you will find information on how to use a Google Chrome Extension on a Windows machine.

Wish you a wonderful year ahead.! Happy new year 2010..!

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Webinar: Cloud Computing for Enterprises

Cloud computing’s pay-per-use model means you only have to pay for the servers you need, for as long as you need them. The cost savings can be impressive. However, this rapid provisioning of computing resources also gives enterprises near-instant scalability, without massive capital investment or the need to install over-specified systems to cope with occasional peaks in demand.

webinarWith growing numbers of enterprises implementing cloud computing strategies that cut costs and boost business agility, this FREE Sun webinar describes some of the key concepts, discusses the issues and suggests how to evaluate the potential benefits for your organisation.

What the webinar includes:

* Case studies on how four organisations are benefitting
* Public clouds versus private clouds, and when to use a hybrid approach
* Assessing security, legal, governance and reliability issues

Register and View the Webinar here!!!

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DNA Newspaper – “Online Medium has an Edge with Interactivity!!”

Last week, few fellow of us met up at Bangalore for a Tech bloggers chat. The topic of the discussion was on “How to improve the Newspapers to catch up with the online media?”

There were people who read close to 3-4 newspapers every day.  Ironically, I do not read a newspaper! I prefer consuming news by reading blogs or catch up stuffs on twitter. I thought it would be a little embarrassment for me to sit amidst of people who love Newspapers. Fortunately, I was not the only one among the group., Mukund was in my team!!


Jokes apart, this set the platform for the discussion on how different is social media and traditional media? What is the factor which pulls us towards online and not the traditional newspapers?  We also spoke about the expectations from a newspaper and what newspapers should do to catch up with the online medium. There were lots of questions discussed like,

  1. What sections of a newspaper do you start with, and what is your favorite section in a newspaper?
  2. What do you think of the way science and technology is covered by newspapers?
  3. How different is social media and traditional media when it comes to covering science and technology?
  4. Do you think technology reporting in newspapers is more exclamatory than explanatory?
  5. Is more emphasis given to lifestyle technology than hardcore technology? Are newspapers making technology coverage interesting enough?
  6. From an IT professional’s perspective, what are the real issues a newspaper should be concentrating on?

You can read the complete article in Today’s DNA newspaper (Page no 12) – Click Here

Folks, who cannot see this epaper, please read the Article Here (pdf version of the page)

This discussion Featured Mukund Menon, Tinu Cherian, Vikas, Thejas, Arun Vijayan, Sunil Abraham, NT Balanarayan and Me.

As DNA completes a year today, This edition also features the “Top 50 Influentials in Bangalore”. Dont Miss it!!

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VirtualBox Live Show – December : What’s New in VirtualBox 3.1

vbox_logo2_gradientVirtualBox is a general-purpose full virtualizer for x86 hardware. Targeted at server, desktop and embedded use, it is now the only professional-quality virtualization solution that is also Open Source Software. Join the Sun Team for the December edition of the VirtualBox Live Show to learn and ask questions about:

  • News
  • What’s New in VirtualBox 3.1?
    • Teleportation
    • Speedups
    • Snapshots 2.0
  • Live demo

Date:        December 16, 2009

Time:        8:00 am PST / 11:00 am EST / 15:00 GMT

Presented by: Andy Hall, VirtualBox Product Manager and Dr. Ulrich Möller, Senior VirtualBox Engineer

You can register for the Webcast here!!!

If you want to save time, money and frustration, you’ll want to join this webinar on the world’s most popular open source virtualization software.

If you have not used the product VirtualBox, its worth to try it once. Check this article for more information!!

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Do’s and Dont’s of a Good Presenter – Public Conferences

This is an Xcellent article i came across on Twitter today. This was one of the update from Atul’s Twitter notes.

atul_chitnisIn this article Atul Chitnis, writes on the “Speaker’s Guide” for conference. The very moment I went through it, It striked my mind to share this on my blog as well. 

All the points are so true and one has to really follow these guidelines to succeed. One has to really value the experience which Atul has seen. I’m sure that, these guidelines does fit not only for FOSS.IN but for every speaker, who dares to deliver!!

Trust me, you will never get to see such great tips in one single page !!!

In this article, Atul speaks on areas like,

  1. How to approach your audiences
  2. SlideShows and Slide Specifications
  3. Taking Questions
  4. Importance of Handling Stage Fright
  5. Critisizing and Handling Criticism
  6. Understanding the reactions of your Audience
  7. How much should you go in detail

You can read the complete article at the Speaker Guidelines – Here!!!

I really like this excerpt from this article –

A Speaker who supports an argument with “Windows sux” is history. Make statements you *can* support with facts. If you say “Linux is 10 times faster than Windows”, be prepared to *prove* it with references to actual tests.

Also remember that a large proportion of your audience is likely to be users of Windows and *possibly* Linux and other open source technologies. You don’t insult your audience – remember, they have come to learn, not to be abused!

I would also like to quote our very own bdotnet pal Vinod here, who once said me during the Community Teched that.. “Remember., Your audience are investing their one hour on you..!!, you gotta’ deliver!! “

Folks who aren’t aware of Atul – (I know that the chances are really lesss..!!) – Click Here to know him !!

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What happens to Emails, Twitter & Facebook when you die?

Remember the time you poured your heart out in an email to your friend or that sexy message from an old lover that made you blush at work? Well, if you die, your family and others could end up reading them !!

Web email services owned by internet giants Google and Microsoft have a policy of keeping your data after you die and letting your next of kin or the executor of your estate access it.

Accounts with Google’s Gmail can hold up to 7GB – or roughly 70,000 emails with a small to medium picture attached to each. And they archive the messages you’ve written as well as received. When it comes to deleting the data, Microsoft’s Hotmail will remove an account if it is inactive for 270 days, while Gmail leaves the responsibility to the next of kin.

Of the top three providers, only Yahoo! refuses to supply emails to anyone after a user has died. The user’s next of kin can ask for the account to be closed, but cannot gain access to it. A Yahoo! spokesperson said the only exception to this rule would be if the user specified otherwise in their will.

Few days back, I had a Crazy question which popped up in mind –

” Can we give a privilege to someone, who can update our Facebook / Twitter when we die? – Just one tweet/update that – this guy is no more! “

I wrote to the Privacy team of Twitter on the same. Here is the the response I got – “If a twitter user passes, we will remove the account or leave as is on request of the family. We will not send out any tweets on their behalf or give access to the account to anyone else.”

Facebook has recently publicised a feature called memorialisation that lets the family of deceased users keep their profile page online as a virtual tribute. Turning a profile into a memorial will remove sensitive information from the page and restrict access to the deceased’s friends. The family will not be allowed to log in to the account or access private messages, but can request that it be taken down.

Click here to read the policies of popular email and social networking sites » (source –