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MP4 to DVD or ISO converter

Now that you have a good MP4 you might want to make it into a DVD.

Try this site and use DVD Flick.

  • Add a “title” or MP4 file
  • Change the Project destination folder at the bottom of the screen to write the DVD folders to.

  • Click Create DVD

  • Then either play from the folders (creates one called dvd) or use ImgBurn to create iso or dvd disk.

That’s it!

How to rip a DVD with CSS and other protection

Ever rented a DVD which no longer plays on your DVD player or changer? A bit annoying. Take a backup!

  • Download the free version of WonderFox DVD Ripper Speedy.
  • Choose the main movie. (In my case I had to choose a couple of tracks as there were two “movies” or episodes.
  • The only setting I changed was we like to see subtitles

Since WonderFox only saved as MPG we need it to be in an MP4 container to play with our Plex server.

  • Import the movie into MovieMaker. I still had my copy from when I upgraded Windows from 7 to 10.

  • I’m just saving using the recommended setting with the Save Movie icon on the right.

 That’s it!

Windows 10 changes – “previous versions” are now File History

Surprise?! After Windows 7 System Restore no longer keeps backup copies of previous versions of your files. File History isn’t enabled by default, so you can’t restore previous versions of files unless make some changes.

Go to File History and add an external drive.

File History only backs up copies of files that are in the Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos, and Desktop folders and the OneDrive files available offline on your PC. If you have files or folders elsewhere that you want backed up, you can add them to one of these folders.

Surprise #2. It will start backing up every file on your system without asking!

The reason I thought about using this feature is when my old Vista was hacked by ransomware, after I got control of the PC again, I was able to recovery all files (back to the previous version.)

External: Other choices of backing up your data.


Make changes here as needed.




How to save a Facebook Video to your PC local disk

  1. Right click on a video. Choose
    1. Show video URL
  2. Copy and paste into a new tab. (I use Chrome)
  3. Replace the www in the URL with
  4. Now you are on the FB mobile site. Don’t worry if the video looks small. It doesn’t matter.
  5. Click to start the video.
  6. Pause, right click on the screen and select “Save video as” to save to your local disk.


EXCEL – extend range cells

If you want to extend your range down you can do this by calculating the first 2 cells with your formula and then highlighting them. You now grap the little square on the bottom right of the highlighted area and drag that down, across or both.

If you have a specific cell (e.g. D2) which you wish for to remain in all the cells you extend your range to then in your 2 initial cell calculations use the following:

Exntending Down

Extending Across

Extending Down and Across

Use $D$2 

Here’s the original source.

Windows – 7 – Network Search workaround

Here’s something which worked.

… simply index the network files as a workaround.
Add a non-indexed UNC as a library
1. Create a folder on your hard drive for shares. i.e. c:\share
2. Create another folder in the above share. i.e. c:\share\music
2. Link the Library to this folder.
3. Delete the folder.
4. Use the mklink in an elevated command prompt to make a symbolic link. Name the link the same as the folder you created above.
i.e – mklink /d c:\share\music \\server\music
5. Done. Now you have non-indexed UNC path as a library.
Cecilia Zhou

But it appears to be slow.
Here’s another reference to the same topic.

Windows Special Folders

Windows special folder list and CLSID identifier codes.

e.g. Open Windows Explorer directly to Favorites, change the properties like this:
%windir%\explorer.exe Shell:::{323CA680-C24D-4099-B94D-446DD2D7249E}

Launching Windows Special Folders – Rainmeter Tips & TricksWindows has many “special folders” like “My Computer” and “Recycle Bin” that are not part of the normal folder system you can specify with a “path” on an !Execute statement in Rainmeter, or launch differently then they appear in Explorer.

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Windows 7 Documents:
explorer shell:DocumentsLibrary

Windows 7 Desktop:
explorer shell:Desktop

Windows 7 My Computer:
explorer shell:MyComputerFolder