Digitize Music CDs in a Lossless Format

If you have a ton of music CDs to digitize for backup, storage, and convenience, Mac users can use iTunes to convert the music tracks to the proprietary format Apple Lossless (ALAC) via the import settings. Modern Macs are strong enough to rip a full CD in just a few minutes! If you have a Windows PC, use a FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) ripper like Exact Audio Copy. Don't skimp on audio quality just to save space, disk storage is cheap and getting cheaper! So no need to convert to MP3 as the music won't sound as great and it'll lose bits.

RIP Frances Allen

Frances Allen

Episode 1718

You may not know her name, but Frances Allen passed away this week. She is responsible for the software used to compile computer code and optimize it into programming. A legend in the computer community. After retiring, she turned her attention towards enabling young girls to see careers in math, science, and computing. 

What's the best way to get DVDs onto my Galaxy Note II?

Samsung Galaxy Note II

Episode 957

Richard from Marina Del Rey, CA

Richard has a lot of DVDs and he wants to get them onto his Samsung Galaxy Note II. Leo says Richard needs to "rip" them. Slysoft has a utility, which can bypass the copy protection so he can rip them, but it isn't free. Handbrake with VLC is the best way to do it for free. Once Richard has the video on his computer, he can sync it to his phone.

Backup Your DVDs

If you have movies or TV shows on DVD, it's a good idea to get them onto your computer. This serves two purposes -- it will preserve them, and allow you to watch them on more of your devices including smartphones and tablets. To do this, you'll just need a computer with an optical drive (most newer computers will take DVDs), and the software to rip and encode them. Here's how to do it:

Why does Handbrake keep picking the same episode repeatedly when I'm ripping TV shows into my computer?

Episode 873

Angela from Nova Scotia, Canada

Angela should look to the "title" drop down menu in the "source" box of Handbrake's user interface. She can then select which episode she wants to encode. Then she'll have to name each destination separately. Handbrake will only do one video file (or in this case, TV show) at a time unless she queues them up.