Monday, November 10, 2008

lifehacker presents: How to Burn Any Video File to a Playable Video DVD

How to Burn Any Video File to a Playable Video DVD

With your BitTorrent addiction in full swing, you've filled hard drives with media but can't seem to figure out how to burn any of the videos you downloaded to a DVD. Sound familiar? It's a common problem, and there was a time that it didn't have many simple (or free) solutions. Luckily that's no longer the case, and today we're taking a look at two dead simple solutions for burning virtually any video to a DVD you can pop into your DVD player and enjoy.

DVD Flick

First and foremost, there's DVD Flick, a free, open-source application that supports over 45 different file formats, includes subtitle support, and makes creating a DVD from most common (and even uncommon) video files a breeze. I detailed how to burn almost any video file to a playable DVD with DVD Flick almost two years ago now, but the app is better than ever. Since I last wrote it up, DVD Flick has added support for creating custom menu screens and has pushed out a load of bug fixes.

Free DVD Creator

If DVD Flick isn't your thing, then check out Free DVD Creator. It's not open source like DVD Flick (we do love our FOSS), but it's still free, and it offers most of the same features as DVD Flick.

Also like DVD Flick, the Free DVD Creator wizard is dead simple to use. First select the movies you want to burn and arrange them in the order you'd like them to playback and appear on the DVD menu. On the next screen, you can completely customize your DVD menu screen. Once you've made it that far, just start burning. Free DVD Creator (like DVD Flick) will handle all of the file conversions necessary, then write the DVD-ready video to a DVD complete with your custom menu.

If you have trouble with the one step convert-and-burn (when I tested it, Free DVD Creator created the DVD but didn't immediately burn), just re-open Free DVD Creator and this time select Video DVD Burner instead of Create Video DVD. Then just point the Burner at the VIDEO_TS folder that Free DVD Creator made the first time around (by default it's located at C:\DVDTemp\ and hit Burn. That worked for me without a hitch.

Got a favorite tool for burning your various videos to DVD? Whether we mentioned it above or not, let's hear more about your tool-of-choice in the comments.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

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That password-protected site of yours - it ain't

Published Friday 22nd August 2008 18:16 GMT

It's one of the simplest hacks we've seen in a long time, and the more elite computer users have known about it for a while, but it's still kinda cool and just a little bit unnerving: A hacker has revealed a way to use Google and other search engines to gain unauthorized access to password-protected content on a dizzying number of websites.

While plenty of webmasters require their visitors to register or pay a fee before viewing certain pages, they are typically more than eager for search engine bots to see the content for free. After all, the more search engines that catalog the info, the better the chances of luring new users.

But the technique, known as cloaking, has a gaping loophole: if Google and other search engines can see the content without entering a password, so can you. Want to read this forum ( from the InkDrop Styles website? You can, but first you'll have to enter a user name and password. Or you can simply type "cache:" into Google. It leads you to this cache (, which shows you the entire thread.

The technique yields plenty of other restricted forums, including those here (, here ( and here (

Those in the know have been using the trick for years, but a hacker who goes by the handle Oxy recently made this post ( that shares the technique with the world at large. It reminds us of a similar approach for accessing restricted sites that involves changing a browser's user agent to one used by search engine bots.

The hack is one example of the security problems that result from the practice of cloaking. Robert Hansen, the web security guru and CEO of secTheory ( recently alerted us to the compromised blog ( of Blake Ross, the co-founder of the Mozilla Firefox project who recently went to work for Facebook. For more than a month, unknown miscreants have been using his site to host links to sites pushing diet pills and other kinds of drugs.

Thanks the some javascript magic, users who visit the site never see evidence of the compromise, i.e. the links are cloaked. But the image below shows what happens when javascript is disabled.

Screenshot of site with javascript turned off

We've contacted Blake about his website, but haven't yet received a response. Cleaning up the site ought to be as easy as updating his badly out-of-date version of WordPress. Addressing the shadowy world of cloaking will take a bit more work. ®

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Friday, August 1, 2008

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

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Sunday, June 8, 2008


The music will return soon, I promise. I have been so super busy with the real world, you know that world, the one with work, relationships, and bills... the one that can totally suck balls at times.

Check this out though, it has nothing to do with music but an article I wrote got published on this gaming blog. Nerd it up my lovelies.

or the perm to the article:

EDIT: My article was also linked here...

Any excuse to talk about Fallout...

Monday, April 21, 2008

Presidents of the United States of America - Live at the Bowery Ballroom - March 24, 2008 - New York, NY

Presidents of the United States of America - Live at the Bowery Ballroom (460.7Mb Flac Rar)
March 24, 2008 - New York, NY

1. Intro
2. Tiki God
3. Kitty
4. Rot In The Sun
5. Some Postman
6. Volcano
7. intro to
8. Truckstop Butterfly
9. Zero Friction
10. ----
11. Deleter
12. ----
13. Dune Buggy
14. Sharpen Up Those Fangs
15. Lump
16. ----
17. Flame Is Love
18. Back Porch
19. ----
20. Ladybug
21. ----
22. Mixed Up Son Of A Bitch
23. Mach 5
24. Peaches
25. Kick Out The Jams
26. applause
27. Video Killed the Radio Star
28. Kate is selling t-shirts
29. Bug City
30. We're Not Gonna Make It
31. Outro

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Portishead - Live at Colmbiahalle - April 3, 2008 - Berlin, Germany

Portishead - Live at Colmbiahalle (505Mb Flac Rar)
April 3, 2008 - Berlin, Germany

Disc 1:
01. Silence
02. Hunter
03. Mysterons
04. The Rip
05. Glory Box
06. Numb
07. Magic Doors
08. Wandering Star

Disc 2:
01. Machine Gun
02. Over
03. Sour Times
04. Only You
05. Nylon Smile
06. Cowboys

07. Threads
08. Roads
09. We Carry On

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Radiohead - Live at the BBC Radio Theatre - The Radcliffe and Maconie Show

Radiohead - Live at the BBC Radio Theatre - The Radcliffe and Maconie Show (476.3Mb Rar Flac)
April 1, 2008 - London, UK

00 PreShow Interview
01 Intro
02 Bodysnatchers
03 All I Need
04 Nude
05 Airbag
06 Reckoner
07 The Tourist
08 House of Cards
09 Weird Fishes
10 Lucky
11 Everything In It's Right Place
12 Outro

Monday, April 7, 2008

Man Man - Live at The Blind Pig - March 21, 2008 - Ann Arbor, MI

Man Man - Live Live at The Blind Pig (407.6Mb Rar Flac)
March 21, 2008 - Ann Arbor, MI

01. Mister Jung Stuffed
02. Hurly/Burly
03. Easy Eats or Dirty Doctor Galápagos
04. Zebra
05. Big Trouble
06. Banana Ghost
07. Tunneling Through the Guy
08. The Ballad of Butter Beans
09. Top Drawer
10. Black Mission Goggles
11. Harpoon Fever (Queequeg's Playhouse)
12. Gold Teeth

13. Doo Right
14. Push the Eagle's Stomach

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Nine Inch Nails - Live at the Brixton Academy - May 25, 1994 - London, England - The Shallow Grave Bootleg

Nine Inch Nails - Live at the Brixton Academy (454Mb Flac Rar)
May 25, 1994 - London, England

The Shallow Grave Bootleg

01. Terrible Lie
02. Sin
03. March of the Pigs
04. Something I Can Never Have
05. Closer
06. Reptile
07. Wish
08. Suck
09. The Only Time
10. Get Down Make Love
11. Down In It
12. Big Man With a Gun
13. Head Like a Hole
14. Dead Souls
15. Help Me I Am In Hell
16. Happiness In Slavery

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Radiohead Live at Salle Wilfred Pelletier Place des Arts - June 11, 2006 - Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Radiohead - Live at Salle Wilfred Pelletier, Place des Arts (587 Mb Rar Flac)
June 11, 2006 - Montreal, Canada

Part 1
01. Intro
02. You And Whose Army
03. The National Anthem
04. 15 Step
05. Open Pick
06. Exit Music (For A Film)
07. Where I End And You Begin
08. Videotape
09. Nude
10. I Might Be Wrong
11. Paranoid Android
12. Go Slowly
13. I Want None Of This
14. Myxomatosis
15. There There
16. No Surprises
17. Bangers 'N Mash

Part 2
01. Everything In Its Right Place/crowd noise

Encore 1
02. A Wolf At The Door
03. Down Is The New Up
04. Black Star
05. Karma Police

Encore 2
06. Spooks
07. Planet Telex

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Sonic Youth - Live at Stubb's BBQ - Oct. 5, 2007 - Austin, TX

Sonic Youth - Live at Stubb's BBQ (482Mb Rar Flac)
Oct. 5, 2007 - Austin, TX

Disc 1:

01.The Sprawl->
02.The Sprawl (cont)
03.'Cross The Breeze
05.The World Looks Red
06.Hey Joni

Disc 2:

01.Jams Run Free
02.The Wonder
04.Eliminator Jr.

05.Bull In the Heather (false start)
06.Bull In the Heather
07.Teen Age Riot

Saturday, February 23, 2008

New Order - Live at the Rolling Stone Club - Milan Italy - June 22, 1982

New Order - Live at Rolling Stone Club (387Mb Rar Flac)
June 22, 1982 - Milan, Italy

01. Truth (3:47)
02. Dreams Never End (3:26)
03. Chosen Time (3:56)
04. ICB (4:40)
05. Leave Me Alone (6:14)
06. Dental (4:29)
07. Procession (3:59)
08. 5-8-6 > Temptation > Everything's Gone Green (SEGUE) (18:34)
09. When I'm With You (11:47)

Friday, February 22, 2008


Russell, a friend of mine, told me he needed a little help. His coworker just had a baby and she was diagnosed with lymphoma. To make a long story short, he is throwing a fundraising event for them. There will be raffles and live music, go to for more info.

Massive upload coming these next two weekends.

Friday, July 18, 2008

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Cool Websites and Tools (edition #158)

Posted: 17 Jul 2008 05:13 PM CDT

'extra' post Check out some of the latest makeuseof discoveries. All listed websites are FREE (or come with a decent free account option). No trials or buy-to-use craplets. For even more app reviews subscribe to makeuseof directory. Want to submit your application to MakeUseOf directory ? See how here.

(1) BigString - Access MSN, Yahoo Messenger, AIM and Gtalk online, from a single webpage. Unlike other web messaging services, BigString conversations are self-destructing and automatically vanish from the screen after a short period of time. They can’t be copied from the screen or even screen-grabbed, they are not stored anywhere online either. Read more (incl. video) : BigString - Virtual Instant Messenger and eMail Shredder.

(2) Impact Calculator - Ever wondered what happens when meteorite hits the earth? Impact Calculator gives you interesting details such as estimated damage, impact energy, visual representation of the resulting crater and so on. Read more …

(3) Fileai - Allows you to securely send large files from one PC to another. Nothing to download or install. Read more …

(4) PDTool - Find out whether or not some work published in the USA is protected by a copyright law and requires permission for use. Read more: PDTool - Is it Protected by Copyright?

(5) Pill Identifier - Search extensive database and get information about pretty much any pill based on its appearance, color, imprint, number or name. Read more: Pill Identifier - Identify Pills by Name, Appearance or Color.

(6) Subyo - Add subtitles to Youtube videos and share them with friends. Read more …

(7) TelePixie - Schedule wake up calls, reminders, weather forecasts, severe weather alerts, stock alerts to your regular phone line. Read more: TelePixie - Wake Up, Alert and Reminder Calls.

(8) TextureKing - Need quality textures for your designs and artworks? Get them on Free both for personal and commercial use. Read more: TextureKing - Free High Quality Texture Photos.

(9) Thsrs - Online synonym finder that takes any word and find its shorter synonyms. Read more …

(10) Tune Us In - Upload any mp3 song, cut out the part you like and convert it to a ringtone. You can then either forward it to your mobile phone (US only) or download it to your PC. Read more: TUI Converter - Convert MP3 to a Ringtone and Send it to Mobile.

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