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How to rip DVD movies using freeware HandBrake

HandBrake is a free tool which comes with plenty of features for beginners and intermediate users alike. This free cross platform, open source program can *convert a DVD into formats such as MP4, MKV, AVI or OGM that can be played on your PC, Mac, Linux box, iPod, PSP, Apple TV, Television, iPhone, or mobile phone. Just follow this guide.

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Additional Vuze Settings

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These are some additional settings for features in Vuze that may prove useful.  If you want information on any features not listed here, please post in the comments below and I will try to post some information.
This is a work in progress and I will post more information when I have time.

The complete listing of Vuze help pages here at Gizmo's Freeware is located at

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How to Write Compelling Articles on Technical Topics

Foward from Gizmo: Over the years many writers have contributed articles to my newsletter but without doubt the most the most popular author has been Kim Brebach, AKA "Briard."

The secret to his success is that he writes in a way that is both informative and engaging. It's a rare skill so I was delighted when Kim told me he had written an article that shows others how to write in a way that communicates with the reader.

It's a long article but below is a short precis. The full  version is available as a PDF download from the link at the bottom of the precis.

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Installing Media Player Classic - A step by step guide

I've had a few people ask me for directions on setting up Media Player Classic (MPC) as the default media player, so here are the steps I take to set it up for myself.  These instructions assume you have already downloaded it from the download link provided here.

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Optimizing BitComet for Speed

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This guide shows how to speed up downloads in the freeware bittorrent client,  BitComet.  All bittorrent programs need to have their incoming and outgoing communications flow freely in order to achieve the highest download speeds and that is essentially what this guide is about.

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30 Sites For Legal (and Free) Torrents

utorrent imageAlthough bittorrent has a reputation for illegally distributing copyrighted content, there is a large, and rapidly growing amount of content in bittorrent that is legally distributable.  Much of this is issued under a Creative Commons license which allows you to copy, distribute, advertise and play as long as you give credit to the artist.  Some also allow altering for mixes as long as credit is given to

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Best Free Torrent Search Engines

 

Introduction

Used properly, bittorrent is one of the safest ways to transfer content. The torrent file contains metadata (hash) about the files to be shared and the bittorrent client checks content received against this metadata. If there is any difference, the content received will be discarded. This means that malware cannot be added to a torrent after it is active and that any data that is damaged in transmission will be discarded and re-downloaded.

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Optimizing the Transmission Bittorrent Client for Speed

Transmission-Icon-ImageThis guide shows how to speed up downloads in Transmission.  All bittorrent programs need to have their incoming and outgoing communications flow freely in order to achieve the highest download speeds and that is essentially what this guide is about.

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