Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Little Devil is up to no good?

This Linux distro lets you create your own FREE network attached storage. If you have old drives hanging around and a slow machine this little devil can give you a place to share files around all your machines on the network.

FreeNAS is an embedded open source NAS (Network-Attached Storage) distribution based on FreeBSD, supporting the following protocols: CIFS (samba), FTP, NFS, TFTP, AFP, RSYNC, Unison, iSCSI (initiator and target) and UPnP.

It supports Software RAID (0,1,5), ZFS, disk encryption, S.M.A.R.T/email monitoring with a WEB configuration interface (from m0n0wall).

FreeNAS can be installed on Compact Flash/USB key, hard drive or booted from LiveCD.

One Giant Leap

So you need to get that HD video from your new camera into a format people can use?

Even though the logo looks more like a fox, they are both scavengers and so are we so here it is free of charge. They have many other great tools that I have written about in the past like FLV player. They have a good wmv and mp3 converter as well.

Free HD Converter V1.4

Free HD Converter is a freeware designed to convert all your MTS and M2TS files. AVCHD is a format for the recording and playback of high definition video. Video compressed in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format. This format is used by camcorders like Canon HF10, HG20, Sony HDR-SR1, HDR-XR100 and many more.

This freeware will let you convert your HD files from your camcorder easily to AVI, MPEG2, DVD format, Ipod, Mp4, Wmv format. Very fast conversion and completely free to use.

  • Batch conversion,
  • output video parameters configuration and presets,
  • Preview during conversion,
  • Fast conversion process and easy to use.


Compatibility: Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/Seven
Size: 3.46 MB

Free Mp3 Wma Converter V1.9

Free MP3 WMA Converter enables you to convert your MP3, WMA, OGG, AAC, M4a, MP4, Ape, Ac3, FLAC, WAVE files:

  • Mp3 to Ogg, Mp3 to Wma, Mp3 to AAC, Mp3 to Wav...
  • Wav to Mp3, Wav to Ogg, Wav to AAC, Wav to Wma...
  • Wma to Mp3, Wma to Ogg, Wma to AAC, Wma to Wav...
  • Ogg to Mp3, Ogg to Wma, Ogg to AAC, Ogg to Wav...
  • AAC to Mp3, AAC to Wma, AAC to Ogg, AAC to Wav...
  • Ape to Mp3, Ape to Wma, Ape to Ogg, Ape to Wav...
  • Flac to Mp3, Flac to Wma, Flac to Ogg, Flac to Wav...
  • M4a to Mp3, M4a to Wma, M4a to Ogg, M4a to Wav...
  • Ac3 to Mp3, Ac3 to Wma, Ac3 to Ogg, Ac3 to Wav....

And even more possible conversions !

You can convert Itunes audio files (m4a format) free of charge in MP3, WMA, OGG…! Tags's editor integrated (V1 and V2). Copy your audio CDs very rapidly thanks to “Free CD Ripper”. Simplicity at the service of efficiency.

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What is that on the horizon?

Cool tip for safer browsing

Google looks at web sites and maintains a 90 history of a site's security profile.


gives us:

What is the current listing status for

This site is not currently listed as suspicious.

What happened when Google visited this site?

Of the 197 pages we tested on the site over the past 90 days, 0 page(s) resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent. The last time Google visited this site was on 2009-12-15, and suspicious content was never found on this site within the past 90 days.

This site was hosted on 2 network(s) including AS40009 (BITGRAVITY), AS33070 (RMH).

Has this site acted as an intermediary resulting in further distribution of malware?

Over the past 90 days, did not appear to function as an intermediary for the infection of any sites.

Has this site hosted malware?

No, this site has not hosted malicious software over the past 90 days.

Next steps:

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Juice player tastes Sour on Windows 7

Juice 2.2 player has issues launching showing a juice.exe.log problem.

You can first try this:

Originally documented for Vista. This solution works on my Win7 64bit box.

Here’s how to make Juice 2.2 work in Windows 7:

1.Download, install, then browse to the installation folder
2.Change the EXE compatibility mode to Windows XP SP2 [right-click the executable, flip to the Compatibility tab, place a checkmark in the 'Run this program in compatibility mode', then press the OK button]
3.Open Ipodder.cfg with Notepad and change the output directory from “My Documents” to “Documents” - which is found under C:\Users\username\appdata\Roaming\iPodder [by default]
4.Launch Juice


The Compatibility tab didn't show the Juice application so I renamed Juice to Juice.exe which allowed me to right click this and run test compatibility. At that point choose XP service pak 2 mode.

Then everything will run fine.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

New Exterminator for those Windows bugs

Everyone has those little crashes or annoying little bugs that we deal with over time. The problem is most of us can't hunt those buggers down and eliminate them. I hate to say it even a Phd in computer science doesn't have much of a chance without the right tools.

I try to provide links and post to many tools and solutions to help you get to the root cause of your problem. In this case I'm going to leave this arsenal to the experts.

Debugging Tools for Windows - Overview

This link has the tools, how-to's, and the resources to get you started covering all of the current and past Windows operating systems.

File System Management Super Compilation

Have you ever seen a kid who lost his parents in a large store. That's how I feel every time I tackle a disk partitioning project or problem. I have a simple one stop shop that simplifies the process but might not make it any easier.

About Parted Magic

The Parted Magic OS employs core programs of GParted and Parted to handle partitioning tasks with ease, while featuring other useful programs (e.g. Partimage, TestDisk, Truecrypt, Clonezilla, G4L, SuperGrubDisk, ddrescue, etc...) and an excellent set of documentation to benefit the user. An extensive collection of file system tools are also included, as Parted Magic supports the following: ext2, ext3, ext4, fat16, fat32, hfs, hfs+, jfs, linux-swap, ntfs, reiserfs, reiser4, and xfs.

Parted Magic requires at least a i586 processor and 256MB of RAM to operate or 128MB in "Live" mode.


  • Format internal and external hard drives.
  • Move, copy, create, delete, expand & shrink hard drive partitions.
  • Clone your hard drive, to create a full backup.
  • Test hard drives for impending failure.
  • Test memory for bad sectors.
  • Benchmark your computer for a performace rating.
  • Securely erase your entire hard drive, wiping it clean from all data.
  • Gives access to non-booting systems allowing you to rescue important data.
  • Runs from the CD, no install required.