Posts Tagged ‘blu-ray’

How to Share an Optical Drive in a Local Network

Monday, April 7th, 2014

In most cases, this trick would generally be more useful in home applications rather than business applications, but it’s still a handy trick none the less.

Most desktop PCs ship with an optical drive, usually either a DVD drive or a Blu-Ray drive while mobile PCs may not always ship with one. Especially tablets, netbooks and other low cost or small form factor devices do not ship with one usually. If you need to access files stored on a DVD, drivers for example, tools, or media then you have two main options to achieve that.

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How to Play Blu-Ray Movies on Windows 8

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Evidently, the stock version of Windows 8 doesn’t support the DVD or Blu-Ray formats … but here’s a Windows 8 media pack that will add support for video playback (better hurry though, it’ll cost you $20 after 1/31/2012!)

It feels kinda strange that Microsoft’s newest operating system Windows 8 comes without options to play DVD or Blu-Ray movies out of the box. It may make sense from Microsoft’s perspective, as the company has to pay licensing fees to include the technologies required to play DVD and Blu-Ray discs in Windows 8, and that it can drop the cost of the system which may or may not be also beneficial to consumers.

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Researchers Successfully Hack HDCP High-Def Copy Protection

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

More evidence that there’s really no such thing as “uncrackable” security …

Ever since the Blu-Ray video format was first announced, it has been claimed that the copy-protection on the system was uncrackable.  This is because is uses technology in your HDMI port to determine the authenticity of the video source.  Without this technology built into the port’s circuitry Blu-Ray video simply won’t work, which caused problems with some early HDMI-equipped computer monitors.

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CD, DVD, Blu-Ray Recovery Software

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

This looks like a handy tool for those of us who still have old data backed up in CD format …

I still have CDs lying around that I have created more than ten years ago. Some of them are still working fine while others have unreadable sectors or files. I’m not sure if the type and manufacturer of each individual recordable CD has something to do with that, or if it is more a storage thing. Regardless, I’d have to find a file recovery software to recover files on CDs that are no 100% readable anymore. And while I’m at it, I made the decision to move contents from all CDs, even fine ones, to new media to be on the safe side.

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Has Blu-Ray Copy Protection been Cracked?

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

That’s the problem with all copy protection technologies; given enough time, somebody will eventually figure out how to crack them.

HDCP is a security encryption key for copy-protecting Hi-Def video content, most notable Blu-Ray players and set-top boxes.  Now a story has appeared that a master key has been found to permanently unlock the security.

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