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WonderFox DVD Video Converter Review

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If you are looking for a video converter, video downloader and video editing tool in one program, WonderFox DVD Video Converter is definitely your right choice and worth giving a try. It is one of the most efficient video converter utilities and the one what you expect it to be. Let us learn more about its features and options.

1. Video Converter and DVD Converter

The interface of the program is well-designed and pretty intuitive. DVD files and video clips can be imported into the list by using the file browser or directly drag video files to program.

The software supports all HD/SD videos and 100+ video formats supported. It also features with hundreds of ready to use profiles to make it easily convert any video and make the video output suitable to your portable video. WonderFox DVD Video Converter supports new gadget such as iPhone 5S, Nokia Lumia 1020, Samsung S4, and more.

WonderFox DVD Video Converter

WonderFox DVD Video Converter

If you have a great amount of DVDs, WonderFox DVD Video Converter is a big help for you to backup any encrypted DVDs including with DVD CSS, region code, RCE, Sony ArccOS, UOPs, Disney X-project DRM and the latest encrypt technology.

2. Online Video Downloader

With WonderFox DVD Video Converter, there is no need for you to apply other video downloader tools to download any video from YouTube and other online video sharing websites. It just requires three simple steps to download online video.

Online Video Downloader

Online Video Downloader

3. Video Editor and Video Settings

WonderFox DVD Video Converter is a comprehensive video editing software that packs all commonly used video editing features into a single product. You can do ripping, editing, copying, merging, clipping and virtually anything that you want to do with videos.

As for video setting, user can change audio and video parameters when it comes to the resolution, encoder, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, norm, channels, volume and sample frequency rate. WonderFox DVD Video Converter can automatically read information of source files and set the optimized settings for output. So, all you have to do is specify the output profile and destination, in order to initiate the encoding process.

Video Editor

Video Editor

Furthermore, you can preview clips and take snapshots, view file information, set post-task actions (e.g. exit program, shut down computer) and the thread priority, specify the snapshot format and directory.

The best thing about WonderFox DVD Video Converter is that this DVD Video Converter offers a free edition with few limitations. The free version allows you to work with videos of 15 minutes or less length. There are no watermarks and no expiration for the free trial. The only limitation is the max length of 15 minutes for the videos. If you have longer videos, you will need to upgrade to the premium version.

WonderFox DVD Video Converter is definitely a useful tool for people who want to do more with their videos. Just check out the official website to learn more about WonderFox DVD Video Converter and free download this great converter to have a try.

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Upgrading WordPress with 1and1 Hosting – Fatal error: Out of memory (allocated 22806528) (tried to allocate 5440754 bytes)

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Upgrade Wordpres Using 1and1 HostingUpgrading WordPress with 1and1 Hosting

If you are reading this post and your hosing is provided by 1and1.com then you have noticed the problems that arise when you try to upgrade your WordPress installation. Unfortunately this is not something that you can skip as 1and1 plans to disable PHP4 support on August 1, 2013 and keep only PHP5. I listed the related issues and how to solve them below.

WordPress stuck at Downloading update

This is the first issue that you will most likely face. When you go yo Settings -> Update and try to update automatically the only thing that happens is that the message “Downloading update from…” is displayed and nothing else happens.

As 1and1 has switched to PHP5 automatically you have most likely switched to using PHP4 in order to workaround bugs with your script. Check you .htaccess files for:
AddHandler x-mapp-php4 .php .php4
make sure to remove that line or change it to:
AddHandler x-mapp-php5 .php .php4
This makes PHP5 default for the scripts in the folder where the .htaccess is located.

Once you make the above changes this issue should be resolved and most likely you will face the next issue.

Fatal error: Out of memory (allocated 22806528) (tried to allocate 5440754 bytes)

The values above may vary for different WordPress versions and hosting packages, but generally the message is the same – there is no sufficient memory. I know you have read a lot of pages and solution already and none of them worked so listen carefully.

1. Find the file wp-config.php it should be located at the root of your blog. Open the file and after the first line that contains: <?php
insert define(‘WP_MEMORY_LIMIT’, ’64M’);
save the changes and upload the file.

2. Create a new text files with the name php.ini inside that file paste this text:
memory_limit = 90M
save the changes and upload the file in the root of your WordPress installation and inside the wp-admin folder! 

3. Try the update process and everything should be working flawlessly.

Cannot send session cookie – headers already sent by

You will most likely not face this issue. This error may be displayed if you are using WordPress functions from your own script. If you have used this with PHP4 you have most likely inserted: <?php session_start();?> in order to prevent errors. Take a look at the beginning of your script file and remove the call to the function session_start();. This should fix the error.

Do not forget to backup your files and database before trying any update procedures. The above method will not damage your existing installation and will update both your existing database and WordPress version if everything goes as planned. Of course something can always go wrong so do not rely on chance and spend 5 minutes for backup.

How to backup WordPress at 1and1

  1. Log in to your control panel
  2. Go to Web Space->”MySQL Administration”
  3. In the databases list find the one that is used for WordPress and click the phpMyAdmin button next to it.
  4. The database information will be listed in the phpMyAdmin page. Follow the link with the title “Export”. Do not alter any settings except “Compression”->”gzipped” – this will make the backup a lot smaller. Click “Go” and save the exported database to your computer
  5. Do not forget that you have to backup also the images that you have used in your posts and also the themes that you may have modified. It is best to use an FTP client and download your entire WordPress Folder. If you are more experienced you can use and SSH client like PUTTY, go to the folder and create an archive using tgz. Then you can download the archived file using FTP as this will be WAY faster.

I hope this article will save a lot of time and headaches for you. Drop me a line in the comments.

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Boss Key Explained

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What is Boss Key?

Boss Key is a screen privacy application that has the purpose to protect the privacy of a computer user by instantly hiding applications without loosing data and without closing them.

Which issues does Boss Key solve?

Nowadays the offices are crowded and it is difficult to find a place where one can use a computer in private. Writing a confidential email or entering sensitive information on a web site could be a problem in the crowded office with inquisitive colleagues and a patronizing boss or at home with over-caring and curious relatives. The Boss Key application can solve this issue instantly.

How does Boss Key work?

Boss Key is an application that is loaded automatically when Windows starts and stays invisible in the system. The only way to view it is to use a secret key combination in order to activate it or view its settings. The settings can be password protected too so even if one manages to guess the shortcut the settings will be still hidden. Pressing the secret Boss Key combination the application hides all windows from the screen. At the same time the tool can mute the sound, hide system tray icons, task bar, desktop icons and even switch the display resolution. Once the threat is gone a single key stroke restores everything back to the state before the point of interruption.

Below is a demonstration video on how this works.

Folder Size Windows 7 – Resolved

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Windows 7 Folder Size

Windows 7 Folder Size

Recently I came across some posts on forums from people complaining that there is no Folder Size column in Windows 7. While this is true there is a pretty good reason for it.

First of all none of the files systems support such option by design, which means that it is not available to the operating system. Why is that? Imagine for a moment how this should work at all and the reasons will be quite clear. If folder size information is updated it means that on every file operation the system must update this information. While this may not be a heavy operation if you save or delete a few files just think if you copy or move millions of files? Such operation will take ages. On the other hand you have at least 500 files open in your operating system at any given time (including ones used by the operating system itself) so all those have to be constantly tracked.

Such tracking will lead to immense system slow-down and if it was really implemented the people from those forums that complain about the folder size column not being implemented would be complaining against it. 😉

What do you personally prefer – a constantly slow system because of a feature that you use rarely or just to look for an alternative to scan your folder sizes under Widows 7?

Folder Size is not available not only in Windows 7, but also in Windows 8, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows NT, Linux, Mac OS or any other operating system because of the performance issues mentioned above.

I hope I have managed to explain this clear enough. I personally like the thinks they are and I use this FREE Folder Size application whenever I need it. It is very lightweight and fast and has a beautiful interface resembling the one of Windows Explorer with plenty of charts. This is my personal favorite in the disk cleanup process.

Watch this video tutorial:

Windows 7 Duplicate File Finder Explained

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Windows 7 Duplicate Finder

Windows 7 Duplicate Finder

There is a lot of information about duplicate finding on the web, but I am going to guide you to the best FREE tools to do that.

Finding duplicates is not an easy task and we have to first choose a duplicate finder tool to do this. There are plenty of tools out there, but most of them either do not work properly or they install some nasty spam stuff on your computer. Even the reputable ones install some tool bars and crap that you can not easily get rid of. This is really annoying as you was supposed to clean up hard disks not install extra stuff.

So the Windows 7 Duplicate Finder that I finally found is named Fast Duplicate File Finder and works like a charm:


The tools is very fast and finds all the duplicates properly. Some of the other tools that I tested missed duplicates or displayed incorrect results. Make sure to run this in 100% mode for duplicate detection as it has also a mode where it can find similar or duplicate file names.

This tools has also a PRO version, but all you need is available in its FREE version too. Of course if you need to do fancy stuff like export to XML or add some special filters to the search you will have to go PRO. For all of the rest of us the FREE version works just fine as it can find 100% duplicate files and also search for similar or duplicate file names. The tools supports all Windows operating systems including the latest Windows 7 and Windows 8 versions.

Oh did I forget to mention that FDFF has an internal preview? A very neat feature that displays most of the common file formats including images, video, text files, binary files and many more. This makes it very easy to review the results and compare them right inside the application.

Do not forget to check also the disk analysis tool by the same company as it is also FREE.

Anything to share except spam? Drop in the comments. 😉