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Discoverys on a Sunday

Today I had a really slow day. Just playing with my new Macbook Air 2011 and coming up with some things I needed, and something you maybe need to make easier use of your mac.

1. Rip DVDs with RipIT

I had the need to get rid of some CD/DVDs, so I though I would just put them on the harddrive. I was looking for an easy to use ripping software, what I found is RipIt, which is a software from a little company that sells it for about $20. Its really easy to use, and makes a copy of the entire DVD not any loss in quality to the movie. After you install it, a little window shows up, put in your DVD and click on rip it! Thats it! Cant be easier than this.

(Illustration of RipIt before you put in a CD/DVD)

2. Putty for Mac OS? Does it exist?

I needed to get into a server with SSH. I first thought about Putty that I use in windows to accomplish tasks through SSH. Then I found out that the Terminal in Mac OS can be used for this task. Just type in “Terminal” in  Spotlight, click on it when it shows up, and write the following to connect to the server with SSH: ssh -X username@address. Then you put in your password and is ready to do what you want.

3. Mind mapping

I use MindMeister on my iPad but wanted to test some new mind mapping software to use on my Mac. I found this site: http://mac.appstorm.net/roundups/graphics-roundups/9-mind-mapping-tools-for-mac/ I explains a little about some different types and I tested the free one called FreeMind and MindNode2, of those to I got stuck using MindNode2 as it is easier to a Mac user than the other one, it blends more in and gives a cleaner look, FreeMind has some limitations that makes it unusable to me. Test the ones out at the page above to find your favorite.

I hope you enjoy my findings this sunday evening. If you got some great tips yourself on how to easy your life on the Mac, share it below in the comments and take care!

One of the Best Linux Ebooks

Are you looking for a great book on the operating system Linux and don’t know where to start? Then maybe this book will server your needs. As you see underneat you will discover that this is one of the bestselling books on Linux that Amazon offer. It comes delivered to your kindle unit or on your computer where you have kindle installed, or maybe you got an iphone or ipad to view it on?

Go and read the reviews :

Practical Guide to Linux Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming, A (2nd Edition)

“Overall I found this book to be quite excellent, and it has earned a spot on the very front of my bookshelf. It covers the real ‘guts’ of Linux—the command line and its utilities—and does so very well. Its strongest points are the outstanding use of examples, and the Command Reference section. Highly recommended for Linux users of all skill levels. Well done to Mark Sobell and Prentice Hall for this outstanding book!”

—Dan Clough, Electronics Engineer and Slackware Linux user

Practical Guide to Linux Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming, A (2nd Edition) <- Get this Linux Ebook

“Totally unlike most Linux books, this book avoids discussing everything via GUI and jumps right into making the power of the command line your friend.”

—Bjorn Tipling, Software Engineer, ask.com

Practical Guide to Linux Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming, A (2nd Edition) <- Get this Linux Ebook

Be on the web in amazingly 17 seconds with your laptop!

Hi, today I will show you an amazing program that will get you on the web after only 17 seconds after you start your laptop. Do you travel a lot? Then this is a great solution to get you fast on the web and checking the website or email you just have to check in less time than it takes to boot Windows XP or Windows Vista.

You get the features of taking calls in Skype, making documents in OpenOffice, be on MSN Messenger and surf the web with a full version of Mozilla Firefox. You also save battery on your laptop with this amazing operating system. You just have to download it and install it with a few clicks on the NEXT button, and you are running.

Based on Linux

It’s the amazing OS, Xandros Presto I am talking about. It’s a linux based OS, and it’s stripped down to only run the applications you have to run to get on the web and do the above tasks. Linux is used as a system in many different solutions, and it is tied with the expectation of beeing diffucult to operate. This has changed, after getting a bigger user group and people, with less computer experience, is now moving to this system because it’s made simple. You don’t need to worry about driver compatiblity since it comes with most drivers for networking and other hardware for your laptop.

Install Xandros Presto

Go to Presto webpages and click on the button for “Try Presto” a little down on the page. You get a link to either a torrent file, download.com or Tucows. You can choose where to download it from, I used torrent and it was a fast download of the install package which is about 500 megabyte.

When you got it downloaded, double click on the file and install it on your harddrive where you got your windows installation. Usually that would be C:. After you have installed it you will be able to choose to reboot your laptop, do it.

When your laptop starts, you get a option to choose either Windows XP / Vista or Xandros Presto, choose the last one, and you will be up and running in 17 seconds.

At first boot you will have to put in your wireless password, which you will find on the networking icon on the menu line. When you have put that in you can go surfing with Mozilla Firefox, doing Skype calls and chat on the MSN client. It is as fast as starting it to shut the system down if you would like to call it the day.

Try Presto today!

Go to their page Presto now and download it! You will love this if you use to turn on your laptop for only a few minutes of surfing. It works even great on netbooks (as Asus EEE).

See how fast it boots, even on an old laptop:

I have to add that this is just the trial version which last 7 days, after that the system will only be usable in 10 minutes before it shuts down. But it only costs $19.95 to buy, which isn’t much. Well used money if you are busy and need such a system.

Problems you can get:

I tested it out on my old laptop, which I got a response of a missing file called hal.dll. The reasons for this was that I installed Presto on my D: harddrive because the installer couldn’t get where i had my Windows installation in the first place. The solution to this was to move all the files from D: to C: and change the Windows boot file called boot.ini and direct the Presto system to the C: drive, so the system found the files.