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Archive for January 9th, 2007

Hardware: Western Digital Data Lifeguard Tools error codes

Posted by cascadehush on January 9, 2007

Western Digital, like many harddrive manufacturers, provide a free diagnosis program. The Western Digital Data Lifeguard Tools will either report the drive as error free, or spit out an error code, which is meaningless unless you have the Diagnostic Error Codes.

I don’t know why they can’t just put those descriptions in the program. Maybe there was a time when they didn’t want the average joe knowing the specific nature of the problem. Maybe the program had to once fit on a 180k floppy disk and the error descriptions made the code too big. Maybe they were just lazy programmers. Regardless , it would be nice for them to fix the problem. These days we are mostly booting the tool from a CDR.

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PC: Rip and watch, the only way to experience DVDs.

Posted by cascadehush on January 9, 2007

Hack Attack: One-click DVD rips – Lifehacker:

I love a good DVD as much as the next guy, but the whole optical media world has been on my shitlist lately. I’m sick of renting or Netflix-ing a DVD, getting an hour into it, then hitting the scratchety-skip zone that freezes up my DVD player and leaves me unable to finish my stories.

My solution to this problem is to rip every DVD I rent to my hard drive as soon as I get it. In my experience, a rip smooths over those un-renderable sections of the DVD without issue, so when I’m ready to watch the ripped DVD, it’s certain to be scratch and skip-free.

Same here. DVDs suck anyway. It’s bad enough you have to sit through the propaganda from distributors, but now you often get anti-piracy messages on rental DVDs.

I don’t want to be forced to wade through a few minutes of drivel. It’s kinda ironic that these things that are supposed to help alleviate piracy are the very things that force me to rip the DVD.

And of course, as Adam says in his post on Lifehacker, you often encounter read errors that bring your evening’s viewing to a halt.

None of this is fun. Watching DVDs is supposed to be entertainment.

About 4 times a year I watch an actual DVD, and I almost always regret it. Rip and watch, the only way to experience DVDs.

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