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DVD – What title to rip? or: The 99 Video Titles Fix!

DVD – What title to rip? or: The 99 Video Titles Fix!
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It can be difficult to determine what title to choose for the main movie, when trying to rip or copy a DVD …

It becomes especially difficult when certain copy protection mechanisms screw with the table of contents, and applications like DVDFab and HandBrake suddenly show a lot of “movies” on the DVD (I’ve seen up to 99 titles appear like this). Obviously the DVD does not contain 99 movies, but selecting the wrong title will actually produce a screwed up rip. Parts of the movies are skipped or are not in the right place in the movie.

With a simple trick you can figure out what title to pick (covering Windows, MacOS X and Linux).

HandBrake – Optimizing Video Encoding (h264)

HandBrake – Optimizing Video Encoding (h264)
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Optimizing video encoders is not easy with all the video lingo, trying to get a file as optimized as much as you can. With optimizing I mean finding a balance between file size and video quality.

In this article a few tips and tricks on how to optimize your encoder settings in HandBrake.

HandBrake is freely available on multiple platforms (Windows, MacOS X, Linux) and is probably one of the better encoders out there.

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.

Some Audio basics explained …

Some Audio basics explained …
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We take music and movie soundtracks for granted … it’s there and we never really worry how or why it all works.

Like with all things in life – when you understand the basic workings of something, you’ll be much better at trouble shooting issues, which goes for Audio as well so in this article I’ll show you (simplified) how audio works, how your computer handles it, and how you can hear the music produced by your computer or other device through a speaker or headphone.

Illustrator – How to draw a sound wave

Illustrator – How to draw a sound wave
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You might have already seen the previous article I wrote on how to draw a sine of sound wave using Photoshop.

This trick resulted in a pretty nice sine wave, but it wasn’t quite what I was looking for when I was preparing for an article. I needed a fancier drawing of a sound wave.

In this article I’ll show you a neat little trick where we will use Adobe Illustrator to make a fancy sound wave.

Photoshop – How to draw (sine) sound waves

Photoshop – How to draw (sine) sound waves
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While writing an article for Tweaking4All, I ran into exactly this problem: How the heck do I draw a nice sound wave?

Initially I looked at Google Images to see if I could find a suitable sine image. It did come with nice results, but not exactly what I was looking for.

So I decided to give Adobe Photoshop a try …

Delphi – IDE Code Editor Keyboard Shortcuts

Delphi – IDE Code Editor Keyboard Shortcuts
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If you’re like me, and are switching between different developer environments on different platforms, then at times it can be hard to remember the proper keyboard shortcuts. Or … you were never aware of these shortcuts …

In this short article an overview of keyboard shortcuts for Delphi.

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.

WordPress – Adding Custom Columns in the Posts Admin page

WordPress – Adding Custom Columns in the Posts Admin page
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Not every WordPress admin uses them, but as some of you might know: you can add custom fields to your posts (amongst others). Here at Tweaking4All we use if to enter a shorter title, a shorter description and for example to indicate the difficulty level for the individual posts.

The problem I found however is that sometimes I forget to enter those custom fields for my new post and it would be helpful to see those values in the overview of all posts in the admin pages, so I can see right away if I forgot one or not.

It appears that adding and removing columns is actually really not all that difficult, so I’ll explain what I did to get it to work.

How to speed up your website

How to speed up your website
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While revamping Weethet.nl and Tweaking4All I mostly focused on looks and functionality – obviously great points for the user experience. But even more important is the speed of your website. Not just because it gives a better user experience, but also because it has an impact on your search engine ranking.

Since I had to do some optimizing myself, for Tweaking4All, here an article with my first hand experience in how to make your website faster …

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.

CD Media: How a CD works, Media types, Labeling, etc.

CD Media: How a CD works, Media types, Labeling, etc.
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CD’s are probably not as popular anymore as they used to be, everybody has an MP3 player or device capable of playing MP3’s and a DVD disc, BluRay disc, or a USB stick holds a lot more data,… so why bother?

There are however still plenty of people out there that actually use CD’s. At home or in their car with their audio system, or to quickly burn a few files on a disk for a friend.

In this article: How do CD’s work, what kind of media should I use, how do label CD’s, etc.

Make your own network cables …

Make your own network cables …
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Network cables, the cables between you Internet modem and router or between router and computer, can be bought pretty cheap nowadays … but sometimes you need a custom cable made to match the exact length you need, or because a cable runs through the wall and you need to put the connectors on yourself.

In this article I’ll show you how it’s done.

It does require a few tools and if you don’t have one yet, you should purchase or borrow an UTP Crimping Tool.

WordPress – How to create a sitemap Page …

WordPress – How to create a sitemap Page …
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In this short article, I’ll show you how I made my sitemap (not to be confused with sitemap.xml) of my website.

For Tweaking4All I just wanted a list of all pages, and all categories with the posts listed underneath it. The reason why I wrote my own code is pretty simple: Everything I could find out there on the Internet only showed first level posts and categories, or made a flat list out of it, or skipped duplicates. This list however maintains the actual hierarchy, and if a post occurs in multiple categories then this will reflect this as such.

With a simple tiny bit of code and your own customized CSS, things can be pretty easy.