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I have a Bachelors Degree in Physical Sciences from University of Maryland and am currently pursuing a Masters in Software Engineering. My passion is software programming; (PHP (Some OOP), MySQL, jQuery, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, XHTML, AJAX, C, Some C#, Learning Drupal, Visual Basic, and some JAVA), and I continue to work on perfecting my skills. I am interested in anything technology related. I am in the process of starting my own business WordPress Xtensions which mainly revolves around WordPress Plugins, Themes and general website help.

Moving to Digital Movies with iTunes

So you have all those old movies collecting dust on your shelves???? Yes I do so what do we do with them??? Burn them to a hard drive and view from Apple TV, iPad, iPhone, iPod and stream over cellular. The cellular may be another post but if you would like to know anything about how to do it I can tell you... Now first things first I posses and have purchased all of the DVDs that I am copying to my HDD. Couple of things that you need in order to get started...
  1. DVD ripping software -  I have iSkySoft iMedia Converter Deluxe that I paid for.... But I think I used handbrake before and didn't realize that I still had it when I started this burning process again.
  2. Now I am not sure what DVD ripping software you may use, but the iSkySoft one did not come with meta tagging ability.
    • So the search began... I found MetaZ... It works great for tagging movies. And eases the anal retentiveness with DVD Artwork
    • Also if the DVD Artwork does not work completely for iTunes (like does not go all the way to the top), you can go to this site to search for new artwork:
  3. Now that we have those things we can start ripping and moving to iTunes. Once you rip the DVD, MetaZ has an option that when you are done with processing your data you can move it to your iTunes library.
  4. Once we have the movie in the iTunes library we can view it just like any other movie like we could buy from iTunes.
Couple of links for reference: getvideoartwork tutorial: MetaZ: A tutorial I followed to accomplish most of want I wanted: iSkySoft iMedia Converter Deluxe:

Just thought I would change my site a little

I think I like it but not too sure yet.. I need to see how it grows on me and then I need to see how much work I want to put into it, development wise anyway. I may not put any custom code in here at all. I think this should just be for random blurps about me and what I like. I will say however it has been way too long since I have done anything on this site. Not too sure if I will keep it alive or not. So my question to myself is where is this really going? Am I going to continue to fork my self out there to all you hungry readers about the nonsense that I write or continue to use this site as hub for my ongoing endeavors with WordPress and all its glory? (HMMMMMM) Definitely something to think about.

Finding the little exclamation marks in iTunes

I found the coolest thing the other day when I was searching how to fix the exclamation marks on my iTunes for a few hundred songs. In order to methodically go through each one of them you need to: 1) Create a Regular Playlist (named "no exclam") in iTunes and then go to the top most Music folder. 2) Then click your cursor within music list and key in ctrl-a. 3) Take and drag the highlighted items to newly created playlist (Songs that have an exclamation will not show up in this list). 4) Then what you will need to do is create a Smart Playlist (named "All Exclamation") and set the following options: a) | Playlist | is not | no exclam | b) Hit ok 5) Then you should have all exclamation ridden songs in this Smart Playlist. Then I had to go through each one and set the path for the files, or find out what was wrong with the file.

Updates About Me

1) I just took my security + exam and passed it! It feels great to be certified and I welcome the challenges that are soon to come from my job. 2) I am learning more and more about VBA and SharePoint. 3) Working on another business website 2 Dudes Webdesign. We are not finished but will be soon.. so check back often. We are offering website services and webdesign. 4) Fixed my parents PS3 (PlayStation 3), so now I have a new PlayStation. 5) Figured out to make a better Firefox toolbar with a much better interface. Well that is all for now.