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Rip DVD’s on Your Macintosh for Cheap

Rip DVD’s on a Macintosh?

A question I give very often about people switching to the Macintosh from the Windows environment, as well as from longtime seasoned Mac users, is how does one rip a DVD using the Macintosh platform. DVD ripping for a long time has been stuck somewhere between mysteries of lost treasure and geek speak that only the highly trained technical professionals could do without the aid of really clunky, expensive and malware laden programs of the Windows environment.

Welcome Mac DVDRipper Pro a very nice easy-to-use and polished DVD ripping tool for the Macintosh platform. DVD Ripper Pro allows you to copy your DVDs to your Mac so you can easily view them without having to waste your battery spinning your optical drive.

Here’s the Deal!

Mac DVD Ripper Pro user some pretty smart decrypting algorithms to make sure that you get the best quality videos from your original DVDs (and when we say your DVDs we mean DVDs that you really own; although, I’m not the freaking cops so do you feel is right).

One of the great things about Mac DVDRipper Pro (version 2.0.1) is it does allow one to have a free trial and will work totally as the full version of the software without any hidden limitations with the exception of your abilities not only rip five initial DVDs to test them out. If you decide to rip your DVDs in the disk image format you can also use popular disc burning software to actually make physical copies to blank DVD recordable media.

Mac DVDRipper Pro (version 2.0.1) normally retails for $9.95 but for the next day you can purchase this wonderful ripping tool for an exceptional $5.95 that equates to 40% off the normal retail price. If for some reason you don’t decide to purchase it within the next day Mac update Promo.com will also study this software within the next eight days for $8.46 which is roughly 10% off. Basically for the price of the large jumbo juice with 1,000,000 pounds of sugar you can go ahead and buy yourself a great DVD ripping tool like Mac DVD Ripper Pro. I strongly suggest you jump on over to Mac update promo website and grab yourself a copy before that 595 price runs out.

What’s new in Version 2.0

*Main movie only extraction: skip the previews and extras and save space!
*Faster and more reliable ripping
*Revamped interface

Requirements
Any Mac with a DVD drive and Mac OS X 10.4 or higher.

Looking for a Bluray ripper? Check Mac BlurayRipper Pro.

Macworld 2011: Merlin Mann endorses Brett Terpstra of TUAW/Brettterpstra.com

Productivity Guru and co-host of two of the best podcast on the Web, You Look Nice Today and Back to Work, Merlin Mann pimps out the full endorsement of my friend Brett Terpstra , a prominent coder and blogger for TUAW aka The Unofficial Apple Weblog during an OmniFocus Demo at Macworld 2011.

Brett has created some of the worlds coolest and time-saving pieces of code ever crafted if you are a blogger, web designer or code monkey. You can see an ever increasing list on Brett’s blog. There are a lot really; however, I’ll just give you some of my favorites.

  • NVALT, A Notational Velocity fork with widescreen, collapsible notes panel, MultiMarkdown/Markdown/Textile rendering and preview, as well as rendered source preview for MultiMarkdown.
  • Markdown Quicktags for WP a plugin for WordPress which replaces the HTML editor with a Markdown–enabled set of buttons and features. I’m actually using it to write this post.
  • Blogsmith a TextMate Bundle for blogging on sites without XMLRPC support with handy tools and markdown support

I spent the last few days hanging out with Brett and I have to agree with Merlin he is a freak of nature when it come to writing great code that will save you a metric-crap-ton of time and headache. Defiantly one of the smartest people I know. You should follow Brett on Twitter and remember to visit his site here.

In case you are not aware of who exactly Merlin is… I suggest you check out his projects page on his site and if nothing else at least watch his epic “Inbox Zero” video and read his productivity articles on 43 Folders. Since I have adopted the methodologies taught by Merlin and coded by Brett I have seriously increased my productivity with out doing nearly as much busy work.

Drop me a line or leave a comment If you’ve found this to be useful to you as well. Mahalo

Travel Lodging on the Cheap With Airbnb

I got all set and ready to plan my trip for MacWorld 2011 in San Francisco when I started looking at various hotels only to find out that everything was booked or more expensive than a Real Housewives of Beverly Hills diamond encrusted puppy collar. So being lost for what to do next, I sent out a tweet to the Twitterverse asking for some advice from my fellow MacWorld goers on decent, inexpensive, boutique-style hotels in San Francisco. My buddy, Mike Rose of TUAW, told me about this wonderful site, Airbnb.com.

So I decided to give it a shot. What I found at Airbnb.com was that the website is absolutely amazing. In a nut shell Airbnb.com allows homeowners or condo dwellers the opportunity to rent out their extra room or otherwise unoccupied living space like a hotel to people traveling in their area. This works great for a place like San Francisco because a lot of San Francisco people are bi-coastal or frequent flying corporate employees.

There was some great deals on the site ranging from apartments to share with the owner to apartments to take over; with pricing from about $30/night and up. I was luck enough to score a room in Soma, (South of market to the non-San Franciscans) for $65/night. Naturally at first, I thought to myself “So, what’s the catch?” And much to my amazement, there is nothing outside of a $30 booking fee that basically goes to keeping Airbnb in business. To make booking easier, Airbnb.com has a clever IOS application which I promptly installed on my iPhone and through their iPhone application I was even able to check out deals of the day in various locations, too bad I wasn’t on my way to Paris. I found the app easy to use, easy to search, and signing up to actually communicate directly with the temporary landlord was pretty painless as I was able to get updates via email, Text or from Airbnb.com.com.

Before I made my reservation, I decided to view the profile of my host (Joe G) and lucky me, he is one of the designers for Airbnb.com which made me feel a little less like I was signing up be roomies with an Axe Murder. Once I was able to talk to Joe, he sent me a text to let me know I was able to book my space so I did the booking and got my confirmation within minutes. Painless!!!

The next time you’re traveling and you want to save some money, I strongly suggest you check out Airbnb. This San Francisco company has spaces in over 8,000 cities in 160 countries and has nearly 184 million user miles traveled. Click on the link below if you want to see what they have to offer. Safe travels!

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