2010 Aug 17, 3:05
I've just got a new media center PC connected directly to my television with lots of HD space and so I'm ripping a bunch of my DVDs to the PC so I don't have to fuss with the physical media. I'm
ripping with DVD Rip, viewing the results in Windows 7's Windows Media Center after turning on the WMC DVD Library, and using a powershell script I wrote to copy over cover art and metadata.
My powershell script follows. To use it you must do the following:
- Run Windows Media Center with the DVD in the drive and view the disc's metadata info.
- Rip each DVD to its own subdirectory of a common directory.
- The name of the subdirectory to which the DVD is ripped must have the same name as the DVD name in the metadata. An exception to this are characters that aren't allowed in Windows paths (e.g.
<, >, ?, *, etc)
- Run the script and pass the path to the common directory containing the DVD rips as the first parameter.
Running WMC and viewing the DVD's metadata forces WMC to copy the metadata off the Internet and cache it locally. After playing with Fiddler and reading this blog post on WMC metadata
I made the following script that copies metadata and cover art from the WMC cache to the corresponding
DVD rip directory.
2010 Feb 3, 3:18 2009 Jun 1, 11:07
When I heard that Live Search is now Bing
one of my initial thoughts was how'd they get that domain
name given the unavailability of pronouncable four letter .COM domain names
. Well, the names been used in the past.
Here now, via the Wayback Machine
is a brief, somewhat speculative, and ultimately anticlimactic history
2003 July: The first archived version of bing.com features "bing! is a small device (e.g., possibly even a small
Band-Aid(R)-like sticker!) that vibrates when a person's cell phone rings." I can't recall 2003 cell phones, were they big enough to require this device?
2004 August: Site for the same device is rewritten and looks much better, IMHO.
2006 June: The domain is now parked by easyDNS. I guess the "bing!" device didn't work out?
2006 November: Its now "BING*" and they won't say what they're working on ("we're still in stealth mode") but they are
hiring C#/.NET developers.
2007 January: And they're gone. Without even exiting stealth mode. Too bad, I liked their logo. Their domain is now for
2007 February: Looks like EasyMail buys the domain and offers a physical mailing service in Australia: "By simply clicking
a button on your computer, mail is beamed electronically to a bing post office. Your mail is automatically printed, folded, enveloped and dispatched into the Australia Post network the very same
Present: Now its the new home for Live Search of course.
The new name reminds me of the show Friends. Also, I hope they get a new favicon - I don't enjoy the stretched 'b' nor its color scheme.
2008 Aug 6, 2:56
Online and offline YouTube link to video download and conversion tools.
2008 Jun 15, 7:57
I just installed vmcNetFlix which lets you watch your on demand NetFlix movies via your Vista Media Center or any Media Center
Extenders like the Xbox 360. It works well but fails poorly with some cryptic error messages and long timeouts. Be sure to get NetFlix on demand movies working in your browser before installing
this plugin. Once I did that everything worked very well.
To test it out I watched Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior in which Ting must travel from his country village to Bangkok where he works with his cousin in
the city to recover his village's stolen religious artifact. Its a mix of Perfect Strangers, Street Fighter and Pad-See Ew. Martial arts movies, like porn and video games, aren't required to have a
strong plot but Ong-Bak has a fine plot line and enjoyable Thai martial arts. I saw the Tiger Knee in there several times. An enjoyable movie that
reminded me of watching martial arts movies with my friends in high school.
2008 Jun 13, 12:52
Stream NetFlix's on demand movies to your Vista Windows Media Center and all extenders including Xbox 360.
2007 Sep 14, 12:59
Maybe I won't throw out my old XBox...
2007 Aug 21, 10:19
More URI related stuff in a FF plugin.
2007 Jul 23, 3:19
List of sites to find public information on folks.
2007 Jul 5, 10:07
Hack the Zune software to allow more audio/video formats. Consists of registry modifications only!
2007 Feb 20, 3:02
An article on syncing music and video to and from your iPod on any computer using a non-iTunes application.
2006 Dec 20, 4:33
How to setup Ted a program to automatically download torrents of TV shows.
2006 Dec 20, 4:29
How to update my router with cool new business and things. Why I would do this: increased signal strength.
2006 Dec 20, 4:27
How to easily setup automatic backup (Windows)