One of the things Santa blessed me with this year was several Blueray movies. And while we have a Blueray drive attached to one of the televisions in the house it's not always the most convenient method of playing movies. Most of the Blueray discs came with the option to download a "digital copy," but copies are often laden with DRM. I like the ability to stream from our Kodi/XBMC box to any device so I ripped several of the discs only to find out that none of the rips had any audio. When I checked the MakeMKV settings it appeared audio was correctly inserted in the stream.
The past couple of weeks I've been promoting the free ebooks Packt, the publisher of my book Instant XBMC, had until December 24, 2014. That's over now but Packt launched another really good promotion $5 for any ebook until January 6, 2015. And while it might seem self-serving that I've promoted Packt the past couple of weeks, I really think it's a great promo - so I bought several of the ebooks:
For the past 10 years or so I pretty much work exclusively in Linux, rarely turning to Windows except over RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) for work or the odd mind-wasting game at home. This evening I found myself needing to securely wipe a hard drive. I could have created a DBAN.org bootable USB key and chose the USB drive, but I thought I'd look to see if there were any secure wipe programs that would work in Windows (8.1).