Rip DEFCON videos from YouTube

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Have you never attended DEFCON and want to watch hours upon hours of conference talks? You could always go the the DEFCON YouTube playlist and click your way around the hundreds of videos or you could download the videos. You could go search for a addon or extension for your favorite browser or search the myriad of software options. Downloading videos from YouTube can be simple, complex, free, or costly depending upon your experience, time, and resources. Years ago, I purchased a MacBook Pro and I also started learning more about Linux distributions such as Kali and Ubuntu. Moving away from Microsoft Windows as my personal daily operating system has made all the difference in the world, at least in my case it has. Of course, if you are happy to shell out your cash for software that performs basic tasks then Linux may not be for you. On the other hand, if you want more control and capability to address a particular circumstance then I am positive you will not regret the move to Linux. The one thing that I would recommend once you make the decision to move to Linux is to learn Python. I recall years ago …

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Shooting water landscapes with the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS USM lens

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Recently I picked with the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS USM Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras and I must say that I could not be more pleased with this lens. Now I must warn you that this is not a low cost lens by any means and the cost is $1,349.00 from Amazon. I set out to see if I could find this lens at a cheaper price and I learned that Canon sets the price and what I found was many vendors had the exact same price. Yes I could have possibly turned to eBay, but I did not. I considered purchasing this lens locally and there would have been a additional cost when you factor in tax. Therefore you can decide should you choose to purchase this lens what works best for you. Speaking with others that have a great deal more experience than I have, I learned that arguably this is one of the sharpest lenses that Canon makes. The Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS USM Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras is a lightweight, compact L Series telephoto zoom lens with Image Stabilizer. The optical Image Stabilization in the new EF 70-200mm f/4L …

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Geeks and nerds need a hobby

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For years my wife has told me that I need a hobby and step away from the computer. I decided that I would take up photography and after a bit of research, as well as speaking to others, I decided on purchasing the Canon EOS Rebel T3i 18 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera and DIGIC 4 Imaging with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens as my entry into digital photography. I also picked up an additional telephoto lens which was the Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras. One thing that I am very quickly learning is the fact that photography can become a very expensive hobby. For example, lenses can cost anywhere from $200.00 to $7,000.00 depending upon what type of lens you are looking for. In addition to the cost factor comes the lens specifications and my head is swimming after looking at just a few. Of course, over time I am sure I will pickup the necessary knowledge. I must say that I have had my camera for just a short time and I am enjoying getting out and taking pictures. What I am finding is that I am better at taking landscape …

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PlayLater: A Digital Video Recorder For PlayOn

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PlayLater is a digital video recorder that gives you the freedom to record your favorite online videos and enjoy them on your schedule. As more and more of you are getting your favorite shows online, we felt that it was high time the rest of your entertainment technology caught up. After all, the same reasons that apply to recording TV shows and movies in the old world apply to the new world, right? Convenience, access, and frankly — sometimes you don’t have an Internet connection available and that shouldn’t bar you from watching your favorite shows. The future of entertainment is online and now you can record the future. Folks, If you are still paying that cable or dish bill every month you have to stop! I will not go into the reasons why here but you should read Fire Your Cable Provider And Save Your Money With PlayOn, Internet Ready TV And Digital Media Devices, and Are Traditional Cable Providers Becoming Extinct to understand the reasons and options you have at little or no cost with no monthly bill. PlayLater I purchased PlayOn many months back and I have been extremely happy and now with PlayLater I have DVR …

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Are Traditional Cable Providers Becoming Extinct

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Just the other day I was visiting Best Buy to pick up a Wii game for my daughter when a gentleman from Direct TV approach me about their service. Little did the salesman know that I walked away from traditional cable providers well over six months ago and I have never turned back. Anyhow I let the sales rep throw out his sales pitch and once he finished I asked a very simple question. I asked him why should I pay Direct TV any amount of money for a service that I can easily locate for free or even for a small fee from streaming media providers. The look on his face initially was one of confusion. A few seconds later he began pitching the sports packages and I quickly pointed out that my Apple TV has me covered when it comes to Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association. Next he began talking about the wide variety of movies and I quickly pointed out that NetFlix has me covered, not to mention the movie database over at YouTube. From this point I even explained that as a PlayOn consumer I can stream media across devices in my home …

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