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Power Ripper v1.16!

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 29 Jun 1999 9:29

Power Ripper v1.16 does finally it what some of us have been waiting for a looong time - rips any DVD stream into MPEG1 or AVI stream. For MPEG1 or MPEG2 packing you need DVMPEG software installed in your computer, but AVI ripping works nicely with only this babe installed on your hdd.

Go to software area and download it!

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IBM 340MB MicroDrive is shipping!

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 27 Jun 1999 11:49

IBM started to ship their brand new solution for PDAs, HDD with 340MB storage capacity in ONE inch small chip, called as MicroDrive!

This beauty fits into any CompactFlash card slot, which means most of the WinCe machines and digital cameras.

My dream solution would be to get Cassiopeia E-105 with IBM MicroDrive 340MB HDD as my mp3 player.

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WinDAC v1.49 released

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 26 Jun 1999 9:06

Just added WinDAC v1.49 to our software archive. This new version includes following features & bugfixes:

Changes since Version 1.48:

Bugfix: The detection of the beginning of a track is termintated more quickly if a read error occurs at the beginning of a track
Bugfix: A rate of 2:1 between the read sectors and the sectors to be synchronized could result in an endless loop
Bugfix: It has been possible that the copy process hangs at the end due to a wrong calculated buffer level
Changed: The length of the last audio track of an CD-Extra CD is corrected
Changed: Improved detection of the available reading speeds
Changed: With the stop Button the CD will no longer spin down immediatly
Changed: The speed selection has been extended for the current Plextor CD-Writer models
Added: With Plextor CDROM drives (not with the CD-Writers) an enhanced error detection can be performed and if a problem has occured the data can be read again
Added: Now is is possible that the reading speed is automatically lowered if a read problem occurs

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DIVX is dead!

Written by Jari Ketola @ 16 Jun 1999 3:58

The much argued Divx format is now officially burried. Digital Video Express, LP announced today that it will cease marketing of Divx home video system and discontinue operations. According to Digital Video Express and Circuit City the main reason behind the decision was the lack of supports from studios and other retailers. Circuit City Stores, Inc. is incurring an after-tax loss of $114.0 million related to the disposal of the Divx business.

Digital Video Express will provide a $100 cash rebate to all consumers who have purchased Divx players prior to June 16, 1999. This rebate is due to the fact that Divx players have been more expensive than comparable DVD players.

Check out the press release from Digital Video Express, LP.

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Titanic DVD won't be 16x9!

Written by Jari Ketola @ 16 Jun 1999 5:47

Paramount has confirmed that the most highly anticipated DVD release ever, Titanic, will not be in 16x9 enhanced (aka. anamorphic) format. The reasons behind this decision are unknown, but my two cents are, that they are planning on releasing a special edition sometime later.

Make sure to check out the press release, too!

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Exclusive Ghostbusters Footage

Written by Jari Ketola @ 16 Jun 1999 5:28 has put online new exclusive AVI video showing one of the extra features on the upcoming Ghostbusters Special Edition DVD.

Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2 will make their DVD debut on June 28 as a spectacular special edition, filled with some of the most ambitious DVD content to date.

Click here for direct download of the video clip (1.5MB)

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After Dawn logos for Nokia mobile phones

Written by Jari Ketola @ 12 Jun 1999 2:12

I've "created" an After Dawn group/operator icon (5110 & 6110) and an After Dawn "boot logo" (6110). If you're interested in either of them, drop me a line. The group/operator icon can be sent via SMS, while the boot logo must be patched manualy.


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We started!

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 10 Jun 1999 2:35 starts now it's beta test phase that lasts for three weeks.

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