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Free CD and DVD burning software

For many years I have always supported the shareware model. Initially this was a great model, you had full use of a product, and when you felt it was the right fit for your solution you bought it.
In my time I have bought many of the products I have used. One of the problems with doing that is you need to remember what product you purchase with which email address and also store registration information somewhere that allows you to use your product. The other problem is that these companies change their policies and pricing and sometimes sell out and you loose your "life time" license.
So more and more I have relying on freeware, and I have some reviews of these already logged below. I will try and post more as things progress.
One of the products that I purchase, and have since lost my registration details in Nero Burning ROM. So off I went to look for an alternative so far these are what I have found
CDBurnerXP: Free CD and DVD burning software, great interface, had an error …

Seriously now lets make an effort

In the anti-cancer life book, talks about how we have made Grazers out of Browsers, and wonder why the animal we poison are poisoning us. The lower the incidences of Meat eaters in a country the lower the incidence in that country of the "western" diseases of diabetes, cancer and heart disease.
Is it not time to take notice:
Here is a video worth watching. 'The Happy Meal ain't so happy' - new film reveals why beef is such bad news for the environment - News

Join MFM, Meat Free Monday, and start being conscious about your decisions one day a week!
Join here: www.supportmfm.org Recipes from them here: recipes
Other Links:


Animal Vegetable Miracle RecipesMeat Free Monday background informationLivestock’s Long Shadow – Environmental Issues and OptionsFood and Agriculture Organization of The United Nations Rome, 2006 Slaughtering the AmazonGreenpeace International 01 June 2009 Global warning: climate change and farm animal welfareCompassion in World Farming 2008 Intergovernment…

A review of YouTube downloaders found

Preamble
I am often of YouTube, and have found there are videos that I keep going back to for the kids and reference. In video Jug once you are a member you can download videos, YouTube nada.

So I decided to look at YouTube downloaders. I run Vista, with 1Gb RAM, otherwise nothing special.

I decided to document the results of the quest, the results were revealing, none of the downloader I found seem to do the job, and some of the ones claiming to be free are NOT.

I did a simple test went to 3 videos, one from the home page of YouTube the others a muppets, and a coffee related video

Firstly the ones that worked
Chrome Extension Chrome YouTube Downloader - 1.5.7 by FlavioBayer, after restarting Chrome, clicked update now under chrome://extensions, still nada, then I noticed that there was a download button added underneath the video on the YouTube sites, and it works like a dream, you can select the quality an the video type.
Chrome Extenstion: Loudtronix YouTube Downloader Extension, said it…

Only good things from now

Pondering: What frame of mind are you in to allow bad things to happen to you?
Many believe in karma. That good be-gets good. Surely that in itself is a limiting belief. 
Why do you need to do good to get good. If you believe in good and that it should happen to you, surely that is enough.
If  you apply the law of attraction, and the the law of least effort then believing in good things should be enough.
The question perhaps is: Do you need to actively believe? By that I mean reinforce the belief by affirmation, meditation or some other method. Perhaps only if that is not a core belief within you, then you need to reaffirm it.
Since if there is a basic a belief in your core that is conflicting with you conscious belief, you need to drive the impeding core belief system out. Tell them the lease is up and they are on longer welcome in the house of your subconscious belief.
Your subconscious belief is built on a rocky foundation of badly formed incomplete gestalt and has not based in reality. …

Four column unnumbered list using CSS

In a blog I wanted to do a four column unnumbered list, I looked around and found a few sites showing you a method:

alistapart.com
csswizardry.com
Summary of CSSEssentially you want an inline list that has a width, so first define the UL, with a margin, then make the list items inline and have  a width

item1.1item1.2item1.3item1.4item2.1item2.2item2.3item2.4item3.1item 3.2etc

Code
<ul style="margin-bottom: 20px; overflow: hidden; width: 100%;">
<li style="border-bottom: 1px solid #ccc; display: inline; float: left; line-height: 1.5em; width: 25%;">item1.1</li>
<li style="border-bottom: 1px solid #ccc; display: inline; float: left; line-height: 1.5em; width: 25%;">item1.2</li>
<li style="border-bottom: 1px solid #ccc; display: inline; float: left; line-height: 1.5em; width: 25%;">item1.3</li>
<li style="border-bottom: 1px solid #ccc; display: inline; float: left; line-height: 1.5em; width: 25%;">…

Free DVD and video software

This week I was in the unfortunate position that I had one original DVD that would work in our Portal DVD player since the stupid player a TEAC does not have an enter button on the player. After much investigation and trying Handbrake and DVD ripper and all that sort of rubbish I found this link:
DVD to AVI/DivX/XviD - VideoHelp.com Downloads

I will be updating this post with the name of the product I decided to use in the end. With AVI I can store movies on a memory stick or USB stick and the kids will be entertained for hours, without the interference of a Remote. Updatein the meantime I have contacted both Disney and NuMetro, still no response from NuMetro, but Disney told me that for fast play to work the DVD has to have its default language set to English.

I have also found a better link:
http://www.easyfreeware.com/freeware/dvd_to_avi.html

And the one product Mediaprosoft free dvd to avi mpeg seems quite good you can rip to different media formats and even devices.

As I write this,…

Email for your Nokia E72 (or similar)

This is for general POP email
Assuming that the phone is not setup, from the setup menu select setup email:
Select method to connect to the internet
select Other
enter in the full e-mail address
Select POP/IMAP
Check that the settings of the email are correct; remember that the user name is normally the full email address.
Scroll down to in coming email server, enter the text box, in Quaffee's case it is mail.quaffee.co.za, select ok
Incoming mail select SSL for security or None (for Quaffee), this will select the port automatically
Then set the outgoing email server as per the settings the cell phone service provider, these are what I found:
For Vodacom 3G, outgoing server is smtp.vodacom.co.za
For MTN 3G, the outgoing server is mail.mtn.co.za
For Cell C the outgoing server is mail.cmobile.co.za
Set the outgoing mail security to None
Send and receive and email. The email is now setup
Setting up synchronisation to be hourly
This will set up that you email is downloaded one an hour at least:
In the…

MFM Recipe #2, Beans and Marrow Masala

This was originally inspired by Good Food Magazine, as published on BBC Food website called Chickpea Tangine. This is not a Tangine, since it is not cooked in the Tangine cooking pot. Tastes better with butter beans
IngredientsMethod2 tbsp olive oil2 onions2 garlic cloves½ tsp each ground cinnamon, garum marsala, coriander and cumin – can add ½ tsp chill too for a bit of bite6 courgettes 3 chopped tomatoes1 can of butter beans225ml vegetable stock1 ½ cups frozen peas 2 hand full’s of chopped coriander
Take each courgette and cut them from just below stem end to tip and then turn them 90 degrees and repeat. Then cut of the tip, and then cut into thirds, this should give you 12 quarters. Into a container empty the herbs, and add the courgettes to the container, make sure each is covered in herb mixture.
Place a pot on a low heat and add the oil into the pot. Chop the onions now this gives the oil time to be warmed up, add onions to oil and fry them for about 1mins, then add garl…

Your own Domain and Website – Part 5

This is part 5 of the process of creating you own Domain and Website so that you can you own free email and website, that is completely legitimate.

So far we have, found a domain, created it on ZoneEdit, applied for the domain registrar to register the domain name, and setup ZoneEdit to get ready for the Web and Email forwarding.

Check All is in Place
Before you continue with Part 5, it takes about 24hrs for the domain or DNS propagation to occur. You need check that all the previous parts work. So if the propagation has worked:

First check the website forward is working. In this case we have a site on google site called onecoolname, if you type in www.onecoolname.co.za, it should take you automatically to sites.google.com/site/onecoolname.

Then from another email account, send an email to the email address you forwarded to (in this case joe@onecoolname.co.za) and if it gets to the Gmail address then you are ready to continue.
Setting Google Sites to point to your registered domain
To se…

Your own Domain and Website – Part 4

We continue from the previous posts. So far we have found a domain name that is available for registering (onecoolname.co.za), and we have signed up at a DNS service provider (in this case it is ZoneEdit), and posted a registration form to the domain registrar.



Part 4: Setting Mail and Web Forwarding up
While waiting for the registration to be processed, or after it has been processed you can go back to ZoneEdit and then set up the domain to forward to your email and website.
Go into ZoneEdit.com, log in
Then Click on Edit Zone
Click on the zone you want to edit onecoolname.co.za
You will see under Mail Forwards the mails are forwards to the email you used to register the domain, if you click on Mail Forwards you can then add individual email addresses, and forward them on to other people. In our example we will setup joecool@onecoolname.co.za to forward to our GMail address
Click on Web Forward, add you www.onecoolname.co.za, to your sites.google.com/site/onecoolname, and click the check b…

Your own Domain and Website – Part 3

We continue the process of getting you own free or low cost site and gmail, from the previous post.
Recap: So far we have found a domain name that is available for registering (onecoolname.co.za), and we have signed up at a DNS service provider (in this case it is ZoneEdit).


Part 3: Sending Through the Domain Registration
We are working with the co.za domain registration process in this example which uses a manually submitted text file.

In Part 1 you downloaded the registration from co.za, it is very important that you DO NOT open this is word, you must open it is a text based editor. DO NOT FORMAT this form in any way.
No matter how get the form from page http://www.coza.net.za/coza_reg.txt, then select the whole page,
If you are using a browser to do this then go to the bottom right corner, and while holding the mouse down I drag to the top left corner.
I then press Ctrl-C (or right click copy). For Mac users you need to do it a different way
The from you Gmail click [Compose mail]
The emai…

Your own Domain and Website – Part 1 and 2

Free Website with Domain PreambleIn this multi-part post, I will go through a step by step process for setting up a low cost or free website. The only cost in this process is the registration of the domain through the registrar. There are domains that are free like za.net, as long as their is no commercial interest.

Before starting this process you need to have created an email from a free email provider like GMail, and a set up a website from a free website provider like Google Sites. In the parts that are coming we will assume that these are the providers you are using. If I get a request to use other providers I will look at them as an option.
Part 1: Finding a Domain.The first thing you need to do is find a domain name that is available. Depending on the domain you need to go to the source of those domains. For this exercise I will be using the co.za domains.
So go to http://co.zaClick on Whois (Registration Details)Enter in a name you would want (no co.za), and click [Enter]If you …

Google AdWords: Keyword Tool

Got some time on you hands?
If you have a website and you want to see how many people are search the web, and using what word, so perhaps you can target your audience in a different way then you need the:
Google AdWords: Keyword Tool
Although this is designed around adwords, it is using the hit rate of search words used by web users. You can check how popular the keywords are by country and, if you are targeting mobile users, then only those users.
You can check your website tot the competitions request for a particular word.
Essentially this gives you an insight into web users, the search they are using on google, and how your site stacks up.
But remember I did say do you have time on your hands.