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Mac OS X – BootCamp CD Eject for Windows

Mac OS X – BootCamp CD Eject for Windows
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When running Windows on your Mac through BootCamp, you might be searching for the CD/DVD Eject button every now and then, and back in the day (2009) I wrote a little application for that for my own use: BootCamp CD Eject.
This application works with all Windows version as of Windows XP – and you can use this without BootCamp as well.

This little application lives in the Windows Systray and allows you to eject a CD/DVD from a menu or through a key combination. There is also a key combination to quickly put your Windows in standby.

I’m posting the application (free!) since I recently ran into some users that actually had a use for it even 7 years after developing it.

Convert DMG to ISO (MacOS X, Windows or Linux)

Convert DMG to ISO (MacOS X, Windows or Linux)
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DMG files are very common on the MacOS X platform, used for Disk Images. With Disk Images we mean a full “copy” image of for example a CD, DVD or Harddisk. DMG‘s are typically used to distribute applications.

Some times however you’d prefer a ISO or a CDR image instead, for example for users on different platforms, or for offering other ways to burn an image to CD or DVD (if applicable).

In this article I’ll show you how you can convert a DMG file to either CDR or ISO under MacOS X, Windows or Linux.

DVD Region codes and Blu-Ray Region codes

DVD Region codes and Blu-Ray Region codes
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DVD and Blu-Ray Region codes ….

I’m not sure if you have ran into this problem at some point in time, with DVD or Blu-Ray discs, but I have:
You buy a movie online, say from Amazon.com in the US (Region 1), and you’re living in say The Netherlands (Region 2 – but there is no Amazon to be found here). You get a good deal, but shipping costs kind-a even it out in the end, but who cares; you’ve got that specific movie you’re looking for and you did everything legit.

At least that’s what you think … in this article: The DVD and Blu-Ray Region Codes horror and a very few details on other “copy protection” stuff.

Linux – Make your own Audio CD from MP3′s using ‘Brasero’

Linux – Make your own Audio CD from MP3′s using ‘Brasero’
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So I wrote an article for Windows and MacOS X users, time to add one for Linux users as well – how to create an Audio CD.

Granted, most Linux users will not have a need for this article, but maybe it will be helpful for those of us that recently switched to Linux and do not really have an idea how to get started. Since there are so many variations of Linux, and this article not being focused on the die-hard Linux fan, I’ll be basing this article on Ubuntu (12) running a graphical user interface (X Windows) and using the program Brasero.

Audio CD’s are still being used. Either to protect the original CD you bought when it’s laying in the car, to compile a CD with your own favorites, or to make a CD from MP’3 you bought legit at Amazon.com for example.

Windows – Make your own Audio CD from MP3′s using ‘Burnaware Free’

Windows – Make your own Audio CD from MP3′s using ‘Burnaware Free’
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I just finished an article on how to burn an Audio CD for MacOS X users, and there is already a request for a Windows version of this article – so here it is!

Audio CD’s are still used. Either to protect the original CD you bought when it’s laying in the car, to compile a CD with your own favorites, or to make a CD from MP’3 you bought legit at Amazon.com or the AppStore.

For this article I’ll use “Burnaware Free” – a free version of the commercial Burnaware, yet very capable of creating Audio CD’s (and others) with just a few clicks.

MacOS X – Make your own Audio CD from MP3’s using ‘Burn’

MacOS X – Make your own Audio CD from MP3’s using ‘Burn’
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There are a lot of reasons why one would want to make their own audio CD.

Not everybody has a car with an audio system that is MP3 capable, not all audio CD albums have that particular mix of songs that you like, and most CD’s do not do well when exposed to the temperatures in your car on a sunny day.

I’m not a fan of iTunes, so for this article we are going to use a tiny, but great program, called “Burn“, which allows you to quickly burn our own audio CD, with little to no effort.