High Sierra is Apple’s new macOS, APFS finally arrives!

High Sierra

High Sierra

Apple made several announcements today at their Worldwide Developers Conference, including upgraded hardware and software, among which I find the new macOS High Sierra to be most interesting. Continue reading High Sierra is Apple’s new macOS, APFS finally arrives!

What Handbrake doesn’t want you to know

Handbrake

Handbrake

Handbrake is now the most commonly used software to transcode video from one format to another format or from a large file size to a smaller file size or you can even do both. Its flexible, with a huge array of options you can fiddle with if you are so inclined, its updated occasionally, it actually works and its free. The most common use of Handbrake is in making backups of your personal DVD and Blu-ray collection. Here is where the story gets strange. Years ago Handbrake had the ability to RIP movies directly from disc, which was super convenient but then one dark day that feature mysteriously disappeared and that is where our story begins. Continue reading What Handbrake doesn’t want you to know

VLC plays Blu-ray again! (Handbrake users rejoice!)

Handbrake

Handbrake

VLC is a long time internet darling program for its ability to allegedly play any kind of video fine you might encounter on The Net. In decades past this was of some use, since Apple invented (digital) video on personal computers with Quicktime which was released on 2 December 1991. Prior to that there was no such thing as video on computers and although no one made a CPU powerful enough to handle displaying full screen video, we were quite content (and rather blown away) at being able to watch post stamp sized videos on our first generation Macs. Continue reading VLC plays Blu-ray again! (Handbrake users rejoice!)

LassPass password manager insecure

LastPass

LastPass

LastPass, a popular password manager, has been found to have a very serious security flaw that allows malicious website so steal all your passwords even if your Last{ass app is not rung, and if it is running then things get even worse because the malicious websites would be able to execute any software they want, on your machine. Continue reading LassPass password manager insecure

iPhone Logo

Apple Logo

Apple Logo

What do you do if your iPhone appears to be stuck, displaying a black screen with a white Apple logo? This is a rare occurrence but if it does happen, then recovery steps aren’t obvious nor intuitive because you can’t see anything. It turns out that there are procedures for you to perform, as follows. Continue reading iPhone Logo

Make Handbrake work even better with DVDs [libdvdcss]

Handbrake

Handbrake

Handbrake has made a huge breakthrough recently by finally releasing version 1.0 which has been over a decade in the making. It was worth the wait because it truly works well, is stable and is fast. In testing it seems that there are still a few DVDs that Handbrake will mangle or just not process but there is a reasonable reason for that behavior and a fix for those that are geeks-at-heart. Continue reading Make Handbrake work even better with DVDs [libdvdcss]

Secure Erase and wipe your SSD, will it work?

Crucial SSD

Crucial SSD

With all the privacy breaches that have been occurring lately, its no wonder that more users are learning how to completely wipe their disk drives before a disk drive upgrade or passing a desktop or laptop computer on to someone else. This totally makes sense and is a very wise move so your personal information does not get accidentally or intentionally compromised in the future. Wiping traditional hard disk drives is simple enough but what about SSD or built-in flash storage devices That is a completely different story and requires a different approach. Continue reading Secure Erase and wipe your SSD, will it work?

Rip Blu-ray and DVD with the fantastic production version of Handbrake & MakeMKV

Handbrake

Handbrake

Handbrake has finally graduated to full production software status after over a decade of being in Beta and is now known as Handbrake 1.0. Although it may seem like a trivial event, my testing has shown that Handbrake now works better and more efficiently than ever. Continue reading Rip Blu-ray and DVD with the fantastic production version of Handbrake & MakeMKV

NBC News posts CIA barb at Wikileaks

CIA

CIA

NBC news posted the first comment from the CIA regarding the Wikipedia leak into their massive collection of privacy violating software. Naturally The CIA didn’t really say anything other than to Continue reading NBC News posts CIA barb at Wikileaks

Court denies FBI permission to compel anyone to give thumbprint to unlock phone

FBI

FBI

In a single, narrowly scoped, case U.S. Magistrate Judge David Weisman admonished the FBI for using old boilerplate language to demand the ability to force anyone at a raided location to give up their thumb so the FBI could forcibly unload their phone. Continue reading Court denies FBI permission to compel anyone to give thumbprint to unlock phone

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