Mac App: DVDRemaster

A few months ago I purchased DVD Remaster to rip video from my old DVD’s to copy them onto my iPhone and iPad. I picked it up as part of a bundle and was rather surprised at its usefulness.

DVD Remaster is normally $49.99 but for this weekend only for there introduction to the Mac App Store. they are offering it up for $4.99.

So if your looking for a way to watch your movies on the go this may be an option for you.

 

DVDRemaster - Metakine Inc.

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Amazon’s new kindle includes Special Offers & Sponsored Screensavers.

Okay while it’s not really a new kindle but an ad-supported version of the current version for $25 dollars less. I’m not entirely convinced I agree with this idea at all. I’d rather pay the additional $25 and not be forced to look at ad’s. I might be okay if it was confined to the screensaver only but it’s not. For a $25 savings you’ll get ads on your screensaver and at the bottom of your home screen. Amazon went ahead and decided to keep ads out of the books themself so as not to interrupt reading.

If I was going to consider this I think they should offer it at the sweeter deal of $99. I’ll go ahead and stick with my current kindle and when I’m ready to upgrade I’ll do so to the full priced version so I’m only looking at the content I want to. $25 just isn’t quite a good enough of a deal in my current opinion.

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My thoughts on my iPad 2.

I ended up taking a few days off work and wen’t to Disneyland with my family. After which I followed them up north to spend a few days with them. I got my hands on my iPad and while I have to practice a bit more on typing i’m very happy with it.

I went ahead and picked up Pages so I can start writing more often and I’m thinking it may end up replacing my MacBook on most daily activities such as web surfing and checking my email. I love not having to wait for the system to boot or wake up when all I want to do is check for an email or read some of my regular blogs.

Performance wise I’me very happy. Everything I’ve done this far has been very snappy and quick to respond. This is largely due to Apple’s 1GHz dual core chip it’s calling the A5. The graphics have also been greatly increased which is evident in applications like Infinity Blade the game loads very quickly and I think the controls are more responsive thank the iPhone 4 version of the game.

FaceTime is a new addition to the iPad and I think it fits perfectly. Especially standing it up on it’s own with the smart cover having face to face conversations with family and friends was never easier.

back to the smart cover I really like this idea. While apple claims it also keeps the screen clean I’m not seeing this actually happen. That being said i’m still very impressed with it and love being able to prop the device up when typing or even stand it up for FaceTime and movies.

for those of you without an iPad yet I really do recommend the device. If your a current iPad 1 user I’m just not convinced you should upgrade just yet in less you really want FaceTime. I’m still convinced after another generation or two we will see the retina display on the iPad.

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iPad 2… On the way.

So my birthday is coming up next month and my parents surprised me with the news of an iPad on its way. They live about 5 hours away from me and the unit was shipped to them, I’ll get my hands on it this weekend. And I’ll be sure to write a follow up post to this one with my thoughts on the device.

I never had the first iPad but I had the opportunity to play with it on a few occasions. I was impressed but in the end I decided I would be better off waiting for Apples 2nd try. FaceTime made my wait worth it. I’m not a big FaceTime user but occasionally its nice to phone home and talk face to face with the family.

I’m excited to have a much more lightweight device to replace a lot of what I’ve been caring my MacBook around for. Email and even some remote Linux work. I’ve been able to do a lot of work from iSSH but the screen is to small for everything I need to do. The larger screen real estate should make things a bit easier.

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Nagios check_http

Just a quick and dirty post regarding the Nagios check_http plugin. found a little quirk that kept me scratching my head for some time. I added a new site to my monitoring system and ended up getting a result of

HTTP OK – HTTP/1.1 302 Moved Temporarily – 0.174 second response time |time=0.17

turned out the web hosting provider was redirecting you to the actual content but the check_http plugin does not follow the redirect by default. I corrected the issue by adding “-f follow” switch to the command. This tells the check_http plugin to follow any redirects it encounters.

HTTP OK HTTP/1.1 200 OK – 1.010 second response time |time=1.009625s;;;0.000000 size=12304B;;;0

so your entire command should look like the following:

define service{
use remote-service
host_name [hostname]
service_description HTTP
check_command check_http!-H [domanname] -f follow -s “[String to look for]”
}

The final -s switch is optional but it will help notify you of any unauthorized changes made to the site your monitoring (eg. Hacking attempt).

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