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Rufus: Utility to create bootable USB pen drive

Rufus: Utility to create bootable USB pen drive

Creating a bootable USB pen drive is a good alternative to burning ISO files into CDs or DVDs. Not only can you save money using a USB pen drive but also it is much more convenient. If something goes wrong you won’t have to buy a new CD or DVD and can simply format the pen drive and start again. Linux ISOs often become corrupt while downloading and so you should always check the MD5 hash before burning the files to a CD or pen drive.

Netbooks don’t come with a CD or DVD drive. The only way to install the OS is via USB drive. If you have a netbook, it is a good idea to keep a pen drive of 4 GB or more handy because it can be very useful if you have to reinstall the OS. You can also use a bootable USB drive as a rescue media if the OS crashes. It can also be used for testing Live Linux distros.

There are many different ways to create bootable pen drives. It is possible to create bootable pen drives by copying the files manually and fiddling with the settings. But this is not a good idea because it is tedious and you have to follow the instructions very carefully. A better option is to use a free utility that automates the entire process. There are several free utilities that are worth checking out. Some of the popular ones include UNetbootin, WinUSB Maker, Win2Flash, Sardu, ISO to USB and Rufus.

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Rufus a small free utility designed for creating bootable USB flash drives. Despite its small size, it is very powerful and does the job well. It is also very fast when compared to other similar utilities. For example, it is twice as fast as UNetbootin. It also supports all major versions of Windows and Linux distros. It also supports FreeDOS.

Another main advantage of Rufus is that it is portable. All you have to do is download the file and run it. No need for installation. The application is also very simple and straight forward to use. You don’t need any technical knowledge to use the application.

To create a bootable USB pen drive using Rufus, just insert a pen drive and launch the application. If you want to create a Windows Vista or 7 bootable drive, ensure that your drive is at least 4 GB or more. For Ubuntu, 1 GB should be sufficient. Choose the inserted drive in Rufus, select the file type and enter the label. Locate the ISO image of the OS and press the Start button. In just a few minutes, the bootable drive will be ready.

Download link for Rufus: http://rufus.akeo.ie


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How to Record Audio/Video Skype Calls

How to Record Audio/Video Skype Calls

Skype is one of the best tools to make calls to friends and family and stay in touch with them. It is very popular because it’s free and at the same time comes with many cool features.

Sometimes it may be necessary to record a conversation (either audio or video) for future reference. Skype doesn’t come with this feature inbuilt. You can use some clever hacks such as using a screenrecorder software or a real world video camera but they are not very convenient. The best option is to use a software application called EVAER. EVAER stands for “Excellent Video and Audio Recorder” and is specifically developed for recording Skype calls.

EVAER is not free and costs $19.95 but there is a free version which allows you to record the first 5 minutes of your calls. If you have to record Skype calls on a regular basis, it is better to purchase the full version as the 5 minute restriction in the free version can be restrictive in a way.

How to Record Audio/Video Skype Calls Using EVAER:

1. If you don’t have Skype on your computer, download it from www.skype.com. It is free. Also register an account.

2. Visit www.evaer.com and download and install the application.

3. Place the call which you wish to record.

4. When the call starts, start EVAER and click “record” and start talking.

5. Your call will be recorded and listed according to the date and duration.


Easiest Way to Download YouTube Videos

YouTube is the most popular video sharing website on the Internet. It is a source of many interesting videos and is a great resource of learning. The main drawback of YouTube is that it doesn’t natively allow you to download videos. Some videos on YouTube are worth watching time and again and it is best to download them so that you can watch them without wasting your bandwidth. By downloading videos, you can also watch them offline. YouTube may add a download feature in the future but until that becomes available there is no other option except to use third-party websites or YouTube downloaders. Here are 4 easiest ways to download YouTube videos:

1.  Easy YouTube Video Downloader for Firefox

Easy YouTube Video Downloader is a Firefox plugin that allows you to download videos from YouTube very easily. You can also use this plugin to download video soundtracks as MP3 files. Some of the features that make this plugin the best YouTube plugin for Firefox include M4A file option which provides highest sound quality, fast 128k MP3 conversion speed and support for all new 1080p FULL-HD video downloading.

Link: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/easy-youtube-video-downl-10137/

2. Video DownloadHelper

Video DownloadHelper is another Firefox extension that enables you to capture videos and other multimedia. It is very simple to use and also works with other video sharing sites such as DailyMotion, iFilm, etc. You can use this plugin to convert videos to other formats as well.

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Link: http://www.downloadhelper.net

3. Using online YouTube download sites such as www.saveyoutube.com

There are several websites that allow you to download YouTube videos. You can use Google or Yahoo to locate these. All of these sites look very similar and are fairly simple to use. All you have to do is paste the YouTube URL where the video is located and these sites will download the video.

I will NOT recommend this technique because many times the sites don’t work properly. The download speed is also slow.

4. Using Orbit Downloader

Orbit Downloader is a free download manager that allows you to download YouTube videos. Orbit is one of the best download managers available today. Using Orbit you can not only download files faster but also resume them if they are interrupted during download. Orbit works with almost all video  sharing websites. If you want to download videos from YouTube often, Orbit is the best option.

Link: http://www.orbitdownloader.com