Rip music from YouTube using youtube-dl, ffmpeg, and lame

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In a previous post I wrote about how to Rip DEFCON videos from YouTube and this got me to thinking about music. Is it possible to take a video that contains a music track and extract the audio to MP3 format? Well the answer surprisingly enough is yes. Now before you get to excited, you must understand that doing this clearly violates copyright laws and for that reason, I am writing about this purely from an educational point of view. Everything I am covering here is done on OS X and I used the homebrew package manager to install the required tools to accomplish the task at hand. I also want to state that I ran into a handful of installation issues that were rooted in ownership of various files and folders. I am not going to go into detail about these issues, rather I suggest you search Google as I did and you will very like find a solution, I know I did. The tools you will need are: youtube-dl: a small command-line program to download videos from YouTube.com and a few more sites ffmpeg: the powerful utility to process and convert any kind of video or sound file lame: …

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Are you a Google Dork?

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Are you a Google Dork? Do you know what it means to be a Google Dork? The fact is Google is a wonderful search engine and it can very easy point you into the direction of your interest. However the darker side of Google, well depending upon how the search engine is used can often lead to information that you would never think would be indexed by Google. Before you begin thinking Google is evil here take note that the data is placed online by anyone with an Internet connection, therefore Google is doing nothing evil rather the search engine is acting in the manner in which it was designed. For example, recently Telstra Communications out of Australia somehow posted Excel documents online which was was then indexed by Google and uncovered by someone performing a search on Telstra Communication. If you are interested, you can read the full story at The Sydney Morning Herald. A word of warning to everyone who owns data that must not be public facing. Always ensure you control that data both with physical and computer security measures. Often there will be policies and procedures in place within your organization that provides guidance and if …

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Product Review: AndroXplorer

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AndroXplorer is an essential application for everyone who owns an Android device. Its natural process is the way for Android users to explore folders and files proficiently. While there are numerous file explorers on the market today each falls short in its own way when it comes to measuring up to AndroXplorer. The fine folks at the AndroXplorer has graciously provided five FREE licenses of AndroXplorer v3, just continue reading for details on how to win. Editions There are two versions available and depending upon your needs they provide two very different feature sets. Version 2 is the free light version which does not support data encryption or compression and compared to version 3. That being said if you have no need for these then you would be just fine running version 2. However, it is well worth stating the obvious and as mobile devices are becoming more and more part of our daily lives the ability to encrypt your data becomes much more important. Features Protect your sensitive data on Android phone by activating the app. with “state-of-the-art” technology of encryption. To manage your installed applications, AndroXplorer provides My Programs. This feature aggregates all installed applications within a single …

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Is Facebook’s Facial Recognition Going Too Far?

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The facial recognition feature is technology you may take for granted when you upload images on Facebook. The point of view that I take is technology is only as good as those that use it. What am I saying you may ask? All technology has good and bad points and the individual behind the use of the technology makes the difference. For example, just because I have the freedom to publish my thoughts that does not give me the right to do so should it cause harm to another. Using common sense should always be the focal point and as technology rapidly changes it is more important that ever that you understand the services you’re using. If you’re concerned with you face being tagged then you will want to pay close attention. According to Facebook, for any reason you don’t want your name to be suggested, you will be able to disable suggested tags in your Privacy Settings.  Just click ‘Customize Settings’ and ‘Suggest photos of me to friends.’ Your name will no longer be suggested in photo tags, though friends can still tag you manually.” Currently, you have the option of untagging photos you’ve been tagged in by friends. …

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Goolge Books And Google Book Downloader

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If you have not heard of Google books then you are missing out on a wonderful resource. Book Search works just like web search. Try a search on Google Books and when a  book is located with content that contains a match for your search terms, we’ll link to it in your search results. Google books allows you to perform the following: Browse online Book references Book reviews Purchase or borrow from the library To make things a little more interesting there is an open source project at CodePlex called Google Book Downloader . This is is a free utility that lets out download any book that’s available from Google Books. Of course, most of these books also feature download links right on the web page, but Google Books Downloader lets you queue up multiple jobs and convert all of the downloaded books to PDF files. Google Book Downloader is available for Windows and requires Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 . In order to queue up a book for download, just open the add book dialog in the file menu and copy an paste the book code, link, or ISBN number, click search, and then select the book that shows up. To begin the …

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