Convert DVDs to fit a single CD ?

It would be cool to shrink a 4.3 GB DVD into a standard CD, isn't it ? Well, now you know ....The process involves two steps - first you rip the DVD which essentially means that your software reads (or decodes) the VOB data files on the DVD and stores them on your hard disk. The next step involves encoding or copying back this data back to a CD by compressing it using codecs like MPEG, DivX, etc. Here are some of the most popular DVD copying programs that are available for free :

DVDx is an opensource tool for converting DVD to AVI, VCD, SVCD, DivX or WMV in one step (including multiplexing, splitting). Simply select the VIDEO_TS folder from the DVD drive and then select the output folder to save the MPG or the AVI files. The MPEG file can later be burned to a VCD using Nero Burning ROM. [read instructions]

Eazy VCD is another free DVD Backup utility that can rip a dvd movie and output it to a CD or as a MPEG files on your hard disk. It creates a bin/cue image of the DVD which can be later burned to a CD-R disk. Support both VCD (MPEG-1) and SVCD (MPEG-2) formats.

While using Nero to burn the CD, make sure you burn as "DISK-AT-ONCE (DAO)" and not "TRACK-AT-ONCE (TAO)" setting.

Simple DivX is another useful DVD ripping software that can help you convert a DVD into DivX or XviD formats using a ssimple wizard-driven approach. Simply select the DVD folder that contains the VOB files and then choose the output destination where the finished movie in DivX format would be stored.

The process can take hours so start it before going to bed the SimpleDivX will shut down the computer on completion.

Here's another tutorial with screenshots on ripping DVDs using a freeware utility called DVD Shrink.

Smartripper is another freeware but forbidden software that can be used to create a copy of a DVD on a hard drive. The program supports three copy modes: Movie (copy the movie only), Files (copy selected files only) and Backup (copy whole disk).

This is a good option if you plan to create an Audio CD from your DVD. Select the AC3 audio stream in the stream processing tab and you're ready to go. [read detailed instructions] Smartripper is able to bypass a few DVD copy protections while creating a clone on your hard disk.

While the above mentioned DVD ripping software will help you convert your DVDs into CDs, the video and sound quality won't be at par with the DVD experience. Ofcourse !

If you are planning to split a software DVD into multiple CDs, these tricks may not work as the installer is programmed to read files in sequence from a single disk.

How to Evangelize a Blog .

Guy Kawasaki talks about How to Evangelize a Blog .
A MUST read for everyone on the blogosphere.

Some Fine CSS Magic.

Below you’ll find a brief overview of css-galleries you can explore inspiration from.

  • CSS Beauty
    CSS Beauty focuses on providing its audience with a database of well designed CSS based sites, as well as news and happenings on the CSS Design Community. It showcases designers work and serves as inspiration for those looking to build CSS based websites.
  • CSS Blast
    Russian CSS Showcase
  • CSSBloom
    CSS Gallery with Blog’s and Online Portfolio’s
  • CSSGreen
    CSS Gallery Of Great Design and valid Web SitesScreenshot
  • CSSBrain
    CSS gallery with comments.
  • CSS Clip
    Web Design Inspiration and Gallery
  • CSS Collection
    CSS collection web sites without tables
  • CSS-Demo
    CSS Showcase
  • CSS Design Yorkshire
    A gallery of CSS web design in Yorkshire UKScreenshot
  • CSS Drive- Categorized CSS gallery and examples
    CSS gallery, code samples, tutorials, and moreCSS Collection
  • CSSelite
    We are glad you like our site, that’s why we save every single entry we make so you can get real inspiration from the best of the bests!
  • CeeSeS
    CSS Gallery - We are the BalkaniCSS!
    CSS Showcase - Slovenia
  • Creative-Pakistan is a platform to showcase web and CSS designs of creative Pakistani web desginers
  • CSSFill
    CSSFILL provides free CSS based layouts and templates
  • CSS Galaxy
    CSS Gallery with voting and comments.ScreenshotCSS Hazard
    CSS Inspiration and Gallery
  • CSS Heaven
    CSS Gallery - submit your own css design and view a gallery full of creative design inspiration. The submitted designs can be rated
  • CSS ImportCSS
    The no-frills CSS GalleryScreenshot
  • CSS-Mania
    CSSmania, the most updated css showcase all over the globe
  • CSS Princess
    CSS princess is showcase gallery of beautiful css sites. You can find web sites primarily done completly with css , without tables.
  • CSS Reboot
    CSS Gallery - The CSS Reboot is a community event for web professionals and enthusiasts. This November 1st at 18:00 GMT Rebooters from all over the world will launch their web standards-based redesigns
  • CSS Remix
    A Fresh Blend of the Best CSS Web Design
  • CSS smooth operator // Tite site collection
    Tite site collection, conforms to Web Standards and designed with CSSScreenshot
  • CSS Thesis
    A Gallery of CSS based web sites, ranked by votes.
  • csstux - The best dressed sites on the web
    A gallery of inspiring web site design and resources, focused primarily on sites using cascading style sheets.
  • CSS Vault - The Web’s CSS Site
    A repository of sites using cascading style sheets and a list of resources
  • CSS Website
    Gallery of Css Design Website. Submit your site.
  • CSS Zen Garden: The Beauty in CSS Design
    A demonstration of what can be accomplished visually through CSS-based design. Classic!Screenshot
  • Data Tables and Cascading Style Sheets Gallery
    The CSS Table Gallery is a showcase of how CSS and data tables can work together to create usable and pretty results.
  • Design Shack - Inspirational CSS and Blog Design
    Design Shack offers regular examples of great CSS, standards based design to help inspire and create. We feature any website which shows off some flair, and doesn’t fit into the standard pattern we come to expect from CSS design.
  • Liquid Designs
    Liquid Designs is a gallery of websites designed with liquid layouts using XHTML and CSS
  • Piepmatzel
    collecting best practice web standards design examplesScreenshot
  • Proestilo
    CSS/XHTML Gallery all standard complient.
  • showcase GR
    The best of Greek CSS web design
  • Standards Reboot
    Standards Reboot is all about the use of standards in web design. This site was built to take a back seat and showcase your talent.
  • Style Crunch
    StyleCrunch is a css and standards websites gallery
  • Stylegala - Web Design Publication
    Stylegala is an online resource and inspiration guide for web agencies, designers and developers who take interest in websites that combine the powers of design, web standards and CSS.
  • Submit CSS
    Submit your own css design and view a gallery full of creative design inspiration
  • Unmatched Style
    Unmatched Style is a constantly growing community dedicated to acknowledging those who have made exceptionally gorgeous web sites using Cascading Style Sheets and web standards. By recognizing these exceptionally beautiful designs, other designers and businesses can get inspired and find a direction they may wish to take with their own web sites.
  • W3 Compliant Sites: Sites designed to comply with W3C Web Site Standards
    A collection of web standards compliant web sites and their designers
  • Webdigity
    CSS gallery

  • Awarding web sites that successfully combine form and function
  • Well Designed CSS Sites
    Andy Budds List of well styled sites.
{From Smashing Magazine}

LookingGlass hits 1.0

Just in time for Christmas, the Looking Glass folks have finally released the 1.0 version of their very cool 3D window system. They've even packaged it up into some easy-to-install binary builds. If you want to try writing an app that takes advantage of all the 3D facilities (rather than just being an X window that flies around in 3D), try out Plethora, a NetBeans module to make it easier.
{James Gosling's Blog}

Keep tabs open..ALWAYS !

PermaTabs creates "permanent" tabs that appear every time you start Firefox and stay open indefinitely. To create a PermaTab, just right-click an open tab and select Permanent Tab, which turns the tab yellow (or the color of your choosing) and removes its close button. Right-click again to remove the PermaTab. PermaTabs is free; it requires Firefox 2.0

uberGeek : MediaCenter alternative.

Turn your PC into a full-fledged media center with MediaPortal, an open-source alternative to Microsoft's own Media Center Edition OS. MediaPortal can play, record and timeshift TV; play videos and DVDs; run photo slideshows; play your music library and FM radio; show local weather; and much more. In short, it offers everything a good media-center application should, all wrapped in a friendly, attractive interface. The initial tests proved that it's better than SageTV, MythTV and other media-center software. Give it a try. While we are at it, there is similar program called GB-PVR (

Google Web Toolkit Now 100% Open Source

Google Web Toolkit (GWT) is an open source Java software development framework that makes writing AJAX applications like Google Maps and Gmail easy for developers who don't speak browser quirks as a second language. Writing dynamic web applications today is a tedious and error-prone process; you spend 90% of your time working around subtle incompatibilities between web browsers and platforms, and JavaScript's lack of modularity makes sharing, testing, and reusing AJAX components difficult and fragile.

GWT lets you avoid many of these headaches while offering your users the same dynamic, standards-compliant experience. You write your front end in the Java programming language, and the GWT compiler converts your Java classes to browser-compliant JavaScript and HTML.

Smashing Desktop Backgrounds..

Some superb backgrounds...
  • Art. Lebedev Studio Posters
    Cool arty barcode posters/wallpapers - in sizes up to 1600×1200
  • Greg Martin
    Gallery of Art - great Wallpapers in sizes up to 2560 x 1024
  • Greg Martin 2
    Great Wallpapers by Greg Martin in sizes up to 1600 x 1200
  • Patrick Bennett
    Free Wallpapers - in sizes up to 1600 × 1050
  • Blatte’s Backgrounds
    Original, free fractal backgrounds and wallpapers in sizes up to 2560 x 1600
  • Blurburger Desktops
    Cartooney wallpapers - in sizes up to 1920 x 1200
  • BSDnexus
    OpenBSD, FreeBSD and NetBSD wallpapers - in sizes up to 1600 x 1200
  • Caedes Desktop Backgrounds
    A collection of great desktop wallpaper and desktop backgrounds. Over 12000 images: photography, 3D computer art, fractal, abstracts, nature, and space - in sizes up to 1600 x 1200
  • Design Wallpapers
    Free Wallpapers - in sizes up to 1280 x 1024
  • Desktopography
    Wallpapers For Designers - in sizes up to 1280 x 1024
  • deviantART Wallpaper
    Great Wallpapers in 27 categories: Fractals, Vector, Fantasy, Dark, Games, Automotive, Abstract, Anime, Freehand, Light, Minimalistic, Landscapes, Science Fiction, Technical, Tiles, Multi Display, Females, Music, Macabre & Horror, 3 Dimensional
  • Dieselstation
    Exotic Car Wallpapers - in sizes up to 1900×1200
  • Digital Blasphemy Free 3D Wallpapers
    Free 3D wallpaper - in sizes up to 1600 x 1200, and 1920 x 1200 (widescreen)
  • Outer Space Wallpaper
    Outer Space pictures for Windows desktop wallpaper - in sizes up to 1024 X 768
  • pimpmydesk - desktop customizing
    Resources for Windows, Mac & Linux, you can find here wallpapers, desktop customizing, windows icons, mac icons, windnows customizing, guikit, themes, msstyles, stylr toolbar, visual styles, vista styles…
  • Dual Screen Wallpaper
    Free Dual Screen Wallpapers in 5 categories: nature, abstract, space, Random, vehicles - in sizes up to 2650×1024
  • endeffect 2006 - RIOT!
    Cool Wallpapers - in sizes up to 1600×1200
    Free wallpapers,desktop wallpapers, divided into categories: 3D, Aircrafts/Planes, Animals, Anime, Girls, Cars, Computers, Games, Holidays, Motorcycles, Movies, Music, Nature, Sports, World - in sizes up to 2560 x 1600
    The best wallpapers on the net - divided into categories: Abstract, Cartoon, Cold Colors, Dark, Fantasy, Landscapes, Light, Mac OS X, Minimalistic, Nature, Sky, Warm Colors, Widescreen, Windows Vista
  • Firefox Wallpapaers
    Cool FireFox Wallpapers - in sizes up to 1600 x 1200
  • Flickr’s Desktop Wallpaper Pool
    Over 2,608 Flickr users have posted their favorite wallpaper photos. Minimum 1024×768 resolution
  • National Geographic
    National Geographic Wallpapers divided into categories: animals, archaeology and paleontology, black-and white photography, people, science and technology, underwater, culture, history
  • Free Movie Wallpaper
    James Bond, Star Trek, Borat, Harry Potter, Rocky and some more.
  • Graffiti Wallpaper
    Free high-quality desktop wallpaper in 10 categories: Animal, Flower, Graffiti, Landscape, Plant, Random, Statue, Texture, Tree - in sizes up to 1920 x 1200
  • GuiKit
    GUI Kit searches the web daily and posts links and previews to all the latest and greatest wallpapers, icons, and themes (via digg)
  • HubbleSite
    Plaster snapshots of the universe across your computer screen. Wallpaper lets you wander the universe from your desktop.
  • InterfaceLIFT
    Free High-Resolution Widescreen Wallpaper -in sizes up to 2560×1600
  • joejoe’s Wallpapers
    A huge selection of great wallpapers, divided into categories: Abstract, Animals, Apple, Black and White, Desert, City, Grass, Landscape, Mac, Leaves, Plants, Sky, Snow, Space, Water, Sunsets
  • k a n d i . h i t
    Wow! Cool Wallpapers - Jason Brooks and Hed Kandi Pictures
  • Jeffrey Klassen - Infrared
    Amazing infrared photo gallery. These infrared photos/wallpapers are absolutely beautiful! - in sizes up to 1600 x 1200
  • Jeffrey Klassen - Water
    These water drop photos/wallpapers are amazing! - in sizes up to 1600 x 1200
  • Klowner’s Wallpapers
    Collection of Linux wallpapers and others - in sizes up to 1600 x 1200
  • MediaInspiration Wall Papers
    Free Wallpapers - in sizes up to 1024 X 768
  • meomi design
    Free Wallpapers: Octonauts, Endangered Animals & Meomi Cuties - in sizes up to 1280 x 1024
  • Pixelgirl
    Desktop Images - in sizes up to 1920×1200
  • Simpsons Wallpapers
    Bart, Homer, Marge, Mr.Burns - Simpsons & Springfield Wallpapers - in sizes up to 1280 x 960
  • - wallpaper
    High quality wallpapers - in sizes up to 1280 x 1024
  • Socksoff
    Free high quality wallpapers for Windows and Mac - in sizes up to 1600×1200
    Wallpapers for your Desktop in categories: Apollo, Mars, Moon, Earth, Hubble Space Telescope, 3-D Space Art, Stars and Galaxies, Solar System, Saturn’s Rings - in sizes up to 1280 x 1024
  • Michael Swanson
    Macro Wallpaper Images - in sizes up to 1920 x 1200
  • teknoel
    Design Desktops. Great desktop wallpapers in sizes up to 1600 x 1200
  • Terra Galleria
    20 Free Wallpapers pictures from the Terra Galleria photo gallery - in sizes up to 1600 x 1200
  • Travel Wallpapers
    Free Travel Wallpapers in 5 categories: 5 categories: The Beach, Blue, Landscapes, Cities, Towns & Buildings, Images of Gods - in sizes up to 1024 X 768
  • Vector Desktop Wallpapers
    Vector Desktop Wallpapers by David Lanham - in sizes up to 1600 x 1200
  • Waldo’s Wallpaper
    Ultra High resolution original 3D computer desktop wallpapers
  • Wallpaper at 555 [DESIGN]
    Free Wallpapers - in sizes up to 1024 x 768
  • Zeldman Presents: Desktop Pictures | Wallpaper
    Desktop images for your pleasure - in sizes up to 1600 x 1024
  • Vladstudio - Wallpapers Gallery
    Free desktop wallpapers, high resolution, widescreen and dual-monitor images - in sizes up to 2560 x 1600
  • Wallpapers
    Free Widescreen Desktop Wallpapers by Steve Truett -in sizes up to 2560 x 1600

Mac Wallpapers

  • Desktopia
    Freeware - Desktopia is a brand new customization concept for MacOS X: if you are one of those that are always seeking for a new ways to improve the look of your mac then desktopia is the right choice. hanks to it’s very simple and unobtrusive interface you will be able to configure desktopia to automatically change your desktop picture based on a specified time of the day.
  • OSXplanet Project
    OSXplanet is a cocoa program that is based on the popular program, xplanet (by Hari Nair). It is able to generate live images of the earth as well as other planets in the solar system with additional informations such as the current clouds, storms, satellites, volcanos, earthquakes and times and locations of cities.
  • Apple OS X Wallpapers
    Mac OS X Default Aqua, Abstract, Nature Wallpapers - in sizes up to 1280 x 1024 and wide screen
  • Blue Crystal 7
    The “Blue Crystal” desktop collection contains a bunch of elegant, high quality wallpapers. The 7th edition of the blue crystal desktop collection is inspired by the amazing default desktops included in Apple’s Mac OS 10.4 Tiger and contains three high resolution (2560×1600) desktops - Aqua, Aqua light and Graphit.
  • deviantArt
    Mac/PC OS Wallpaper - in sizes up to 1920 x 1200
  • Wallpapers - abstract and digital art
    Abstract and digital art wallpapers - in sizes up to 1600 x 1200
  • joejoe’s Wallpapers
    48 Mac Wallpapers - in sizes up to 1600 x 1200
    Apple/Mac based wallpapers - in sizes up to 2499 x 1550 (login required)
    Mac Desktop pictures - in sizes up to 1600 x 1200
  • Tux’n'tosh
    Mac/Linus Desktop Wallpapers - in sizes up to 1280 x 854
  • Mac OS X Tiger Wallpapers
    Free Tiger Wallpapers - in sizes up to 2560 x 1600
  • The Apple Collection
    Mac Desktop Pictures with Apple Logos. Wallpapers - in sizes up to 1920 x 1200
  • Think different
    Here you find some nice Desktop Pictures for the Mac, Think different, Apple and more - in sizes up to 1600 x 1200
  • Some other resources :

Essential 30 Windows Freeware

Financial blog The Simple Dollar has come up with an excellent list of the top 30 free Windows software. We’ve seen a lot of free/OS software blog posts that list like the top whatever of free apps, and out of all of them, I think this one is the best. It’s detailed, and includes applications that I use and I think are best (compared with other free alternatives). I would like to add one nifty utility if you are a big time multi-desktop user. Checkout VirtuaWin.

<>Tanenbaum-Torvalds Debate: Part II

Looks like it is microkernel debate time again. Tanenbaum defends Linus and then sings the 'Microkernel Saga'. If you just woke up from coma, here is the debate I.
Checkout the hilarious disclaimer..'Many people have said or suggested that Linus and I are enemies or something like that. That is totally false. I met him once. He is a pleasant fellow and very smart. We may disagree on some technical issues, but that doesn't make us enemies.'