Technology & Gadgets


  • To play ANY KIND OF VIDEO, I use VLC, which can also be used to transcode incoming stream to send to the airportexpress. DVD Jon is involved with the development of this software (it really plays anything, including internet streams and DVDs)
  • My codec for MPEG-4 is not Nero’s rather the one called XviD, which works pretty much universally, including in Windoze Media Player 10.
  • I use iOpener to decrypt music for personal use that I buy on iTunes (no more CDs for me!)
  • My newest DVD player is from NeuNeo (the HD one, of course). If I had HDMI, I’d choose the Samsung 931.
  • BitTorrents to download TV shows when I can’t watch my TiVo. My client is ABC, and my favourite sites are and, and to a lesser extent torrentreactor. A rundown of clients can be found here. When torrents get replaced, I will switch to Exeem, which should be available from
  • Nero is still my favourite burner software, recently updated to 6.6, I also use it to create MPEG-4 (strangely named Nero Digital)
  • Copernic replaces Google Desktop Search as my favourite desktop search agent, after reading a review, although I’m having problems with Copernic on my home machine
  • ActiveSync updated to 3.8 to sync with Windows PocketPC devices (I have an iPAQ)
  • DVDDecrypter to rip DVDs too hard disk (works in cases that DVDShrink fails (below)
  • DVDShrink to reduce the size of DVDs so that I can write them onto a 4.7GB DVD-R or DVD+RW
  • DVD-R for disks that I want people to be able to play in ANY DVD player (most compatible)
  • DVD+RW to backup data (fastest erase, best "random access" )

By Dave

He was born in Canada, but currently lives in Boulder, CO up in Boulder Heights.