HandBrake 0.9.0 Released

HandBrake IconThe HandBrake crew has released version 0.9.0 of their excellent DVD ripping software. In this release are a new GUI, much faster encoding, way more advanced options, Matroska containers, a “send to MetaX” option, and a bunch of other updates. Hit the jump for the full changelog.

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Big List of AppleTV Resources

last100 has posted a big giant list of AppleTV resources, with reviews, wikis, books, podcasts, video conversion tutorials, and of course, hacks.

[last100.com via Digg.]

More hacks

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Looks like the guys over at AwkwardTV have been pretty busy. They’ve managed to Enable USB Storage, got Bluetooth working, and have gotten SMB shares to mount with Apple’s kexts. (No more sharity light!) Big thanks to Turbo at 0xfeedbeef for coming up with a kernel extension enabler which blows most of this stuff wide open.

I have yet to try any of these yet, but it seems like the YouTube patch needs to be removed. You can downgrade to 1.0 by rebooting by holding menu-minus and then choosing Factory Restore. From there, break out your Patchstick and go nuts.

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MetaX: An Even Better MP4 Metadata Editor for the Mac

I forget where I found it, but MetaX is an even better MP4 container metadata editor based on AtomicParsley. Dump some movies into it, and it’ll query Amazon for things and fill in even more than Lostify. Stuff it can grab:

  • Cover art
  • Actors
  • Directors/producers/screenwriters
  • Release date/rating
  • Batch processing

Best of all, it’s free and it moos at you upon completion.

AppleTV software updated to 1.1, YouTube support added

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Apple has taken off the wraps off of the new AppleTV OS update. It’s version 1.1, and wipes out any customizations (SSH, etc) that you may have loaded. It contains the highly-anticipated YouTube Front Row Appliance, a UPNP security update, and a couple new frameworks. It also strips out a bunch of the leftover stuff from 10.4.7 such as the Bluetooth, remote share mounting, and other frameworks, which presumably saves some disk space. AppleTV.framework had some header files in it, and Alan Quatermain will probably be updating the BackRow Developer’s Kit pretty soon.

Details are evolving on the wiki as we pick this thing apart. Time to rebuild the patchstick.

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Back to the Firefox: a half-assed not-review of Camino

After a few days of playing with Firefox’s cousin Camino, I have had to revert. 

Camino is a native OS X implementation of Mozilla’s Gecko HTML rendering engine.  Unlike Firefox, it’s written in Cocoa, which lets it integrate with various OS X services, the biggest of which is storing passwords and stuff in your login keychain.  The system-wide dictionary and other things are available as well.  Firefox has a decent password manager that can encrypt stored passwords, but I always liked the idea of jamming everything into my login keychain.  Only one file to backup and re-encrypt elsewhere.

Part of what makes Camino so speedy is its’ almost complete lack of extensions (add-ons), which make Firefox great.  There are a couple “prefpanes” that you can get for Camino, but I’m pretty sure most of these are simply frontends to about:config.

Camino has a built-in adblocker, but nothing beats Adblock Plus with the Filterset.G updater.  It’s download manager needs some tweaking, there’s no mouse gestures, and none of my usual keyboard shortcuts (aside from Cmd-L) worked.  In order to mimic some Firefox functionality I had to redefine shortcuts in the system-wide keyboard prefpane.  For example, Cmd-K puts me in the search dialog in Firefox, whereas I had to redefine this to get it to function with Camino.  Cmd- in FF lets me flip through multiple tabs, but in Camino it starts loading up bookmarks from the bookmarks toolbar.  Other little niceties like ChromaTabs, ScribeFire, Link Alert, and the BugMeNot didn’t exist due to the lack of extensions in Camino.

Overall, Camino’s a great browser with awesome OS X integration, but many aspects leave things to be desired.  I’ve been using Firefox for years becuase it’s pretty secure, fairly stable, and extending its functionality from a browser into a platform is easy.  Camino just needs a little bit of work.

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Home Zone

While sifting through news feeds today, I came upon a very cool little app called Home Zone. It’s a slick little app that lives in your menubar and can make your Mac do various things based on the proximity of accesspoints/Bluetooth devices. For example, you can set it to launch apps, disable screensaver password, pause iTunes, and just about anything else you can do in AppleScript.

Home Zone’s currently a free beta download.

[Via The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)]