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How-To: Convert DVD’s to PSP Format

Posted by Jason on August 28, 2008

If your like me you absolutely love your PSP and like watching movies on it’s great screen. Well by the time you finish reading this guide you’ll be a pro at converting your DVD collection to PSP format to watch on the go. Now, let’s get started.

I’ll start out by listing the needed hardware and software for this guide.

  • PSP (you knew this)
  • 1GB Memory Stick
  • USB Cable to connect your PSP to your PC
  • DVDFab (you can get a trial version here)
  • DVD drive on your PC
  • DVD movies

Let’s begin. If you don’t have DVDFab already let’s download and install it first. You can get the trial version here. After you install it double click the desktop icon to open it up. On the left hand panel you will see a button labeled PSP, click that. Next let’s put in the DVD that you are wanting to convert. DVDFab should automatically open the disc up and select the main title. After that is done you will see a checkbox on the right side to include subtitles or not. (I always uncheck all subtitles) After you do that click “Next” on the bottom right.

Now this is where we want to make our settings to get the best quality for our movie. Go ahead and click on the “Configure” button. What I am going to show you is how to optimize these settings for widescreen movies so they will be in high quality, full screen on your PSP. Here are the settings we will choose (I also included a screenshot with the settings):

  • Video Codec: AVC 768kbps
  • Audio Codec: AAC 128kbps
  • Sampling Frequency: 48.000kHz
  • Resolution: 480×272
  • 2-Pass Conversion (you can select 1-Pass but you will lose a lot of quality)

After you have all the settings set click the “Done” button and once that window closes click the “Start” button. Now we wait. I usually run this process while I’m at work or overnight while sleeping.

Once it has finished all we have to do is put it on out PSP. Connect your PSP to your PC via USB and put it in “USB Connection” mode under settings. If you are using Windows you will most likely see a pop up on the screen that says “Open Folder to View Files”, go ahead and select that. Now let’s go to our output movie file which will be here (My Documents\DVDFab\PSP\) if you installed DVDFab with default settings. Click on you movie file and drag it to your PSP’s “VIDEO” folder. That’s it! Enjoy watching your movie on the go.

If you have any questions regarding this process feel free to leave a comment and I’ll be sure to respond . Thanks for reading.

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Protect Your Logins and Passwords for Free

Posted by Jason on August 27, 2008

I’ve been reading alot about hackers and other internet baddies trying to hack into peoples accounts using brute force attacks. All that has gotten me a little worried so I have been looking around for password management software. I found a great piece of software called KeePass Password Safe. It’s 100% free and works great. Once you have installed it you will need to create a master password that will unlock all your other passwords. I recommend using the built in password creator to create new passwords for any important sites. (such as email, Ebay, Amazon, etc.) This program can also run from a USB flash drive so you can always have access to your passwords without worry.

You can get more information about it here and you can download the latest version here.

What is KeePass?
Today you need to remember many passwords. You need a password for the Windows network logon, your e-mail account, your homepage’s FTP password, online passwords (like website member account), etc. etc. etc. The list is endless. Also, you should use different passwords for each account. Because if you use only one password everywhere and someone gets this password you have a problem… A serious problem. The thief would have access to your e-mail account, homepage, etc. Unimaginable.

KeePass is a free/open-source password manager or safe which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way. You can put all your passwords in one database, which is locked with one master key or a key file. So you only have to remember one single master password or select the key file to unlock the whole database. The databases are encrypted using the best and most secure encryption algorithms currently known (AES and Twofish). For more information, see the features page.

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Wow, Mozilla Labs Ubiquity!

Posted by Jason on August 27, 2008

What a great product this could turn out to be. just imagine instant information the way YOU want to view it! Heres is a quote from their post:

Ubiquity for Firefox from Aza Raskin on Vimeo.

It Doesn’t Have to be This Way

You’re writing an email to invite a friend to meet at a local San Francisco restaurant that neither of you has been to.  You’d like to include a map. Today, this involves the disjointed tasks of message composition on a web-mail service, mapping the address on a map site, searching for reviews on the restaurant on a search engine, and finally copying all links into the message being composed.  This familiar sequence is an awful lot of clicking, typing, searching, copying, and pasting in order to do a very simple task.  And you haven’t even really sent a map or useful reviews—only links to them.

This kind of clunky, time-consuming interaction is common on the Web. Mashups help in some cases but they are static, require Web development skills, and are largely site-centric rather than user-centric.

It’s even worse on mobile devices, where limited capability and fidelity makes this onerous or nearly impossible.

Most people do not have an easy way to manage the vast resources of the Web to simplify their task at hand. For the most part they are left trundling between web sites, performing common tasks resulting in frustration and wasted time.

Enter Ubiquity

Today we’re announcing the launch of Ubiquity, a Mozilla Labs experiment into connecting the Web with language in an attempt to find new user interfaces that could make it possible for everyone to do common Web tasks more quickly and easily.

The overall goals of Ubiquity are to explore how best to:

  • Empower users to control the web browser with language-based instructions. (With search, users type what they want to find. With Ubiquity, they type what they want to do.)
  • Enable on-demand, user-generated mashups with existing open Web APIs. (In other words, allowing everyone–not just Web developers–to remix the Web so it fits their needs, no matter what page they are on, or what they are doing.)
  • Use Trust networks and social constructs to balance security with ease of extensibility.
  • Extend the browser functionality easily.

The Initial Prototype

As part of this announcement, we’re also releasing an early experimental prototype to demonstrate some of the concepts of Ubiquity and the possibilities that it opens up. This release is meant as a illustration of a concept and mainly focuses on the platform. The next release will explore interfaces that are closer to features that might make it into Firefox.

Install the prototype and you’ll be presented with a tutorial to get you started.

Ubiquity 0.1

  • Lets you map and insert maps anywhere; translate on-page; search amazon, google, wikipedia, yahoo, youtube, etc.; digg and twitter; lookup and insert yelp review; get the weather; syntax highlight any code you find; and a lot more. Ubiquity “command list” to see them all.
  • Find and install new commands to extend your browser’s vocabulary through a simple subscription mechanism
  • Read about Ubiquity In Depth, or see a number of the commands in action (with screenshots) in the Ubiquity Tutorial.

All of the code underlying the Ubiquity experiment is being released as open source software under the the GPL/MPL/LGPL tri-license.

This is the goal of what kinds of language-based services Ubiquity hopes to inspire people to create:

This is a screenshot of Ubiquity’s current map functionality:

Download Ubiquity v0.1:

https://people.mozilla.com/~avarma/ubiquity-0.1.xpi

Info and Video on Ubiquity:

http://labs.mozilla.com/2008/08/introducing-ubiquity/

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