Wednesday, 24 May 2006

DVD backups

Ah, the joy of living next to Asia. Plenty of DVDs on "promotion". Good samaritan that I am, I offered a work colleague to backup some of his movie DVDs. I didn't want to carry them all home, so I decided to rip as many as I could to my notebook and carry the rest home.

After fiddling a lot with dvd::rip, trying to get all its dependencies to work, I found this. The little program, dvdbackup.c, compiles and works beautifully, just as the instructions advertise. I only had only little problem with the libdvdread - the intructions says it will work with version 0.93 and above, which is not true because function prototypes have changed. I downloaded version 0.93 and it worked like a charm.

The program creates a DVD structure on the output directory, which I'm hoping to burn when I get home, where I have a fully-equipped DVD "backup" station.

Tuesday, 23 May 2006

Information vs In formation

I have always been wary of MS Word's spell and grammar checker: it keeps telling me I'm wrong when I try to be a little more sophisticated. As a non-native English speaker I end up caving in.

So I'm writing a documentation and didn't want to use the word "information" again. I asked MS Word for synonyms suggestions. I almost fell from my chair.