Limited Edition TrainBoard Car

Just a quick picture of the two limited edition boxcars I got in the mail this past weekend. These are part of a run of only 300 cars produced by TrainBoard, which is a forum site I hang out on that caters to both model railroaders and full-sized railfans alike.

When the box came, I must say that I was actually quite surprised. I had thought about purchasing two of the cars (we “collectors” always get two of everything), but really didn’t remember doing so. I am going senile? Did I go back and purchase the second one at a later time and not remember? Was there some mistake in shipping meaning that I would need to send one back?  I finally did the only reasonable thing – I emailed the guy in charge and asked him!  Turns out, according to this thread, that I had won the second car and didn’t even know about it. Too cool!

Limited Edition Trainboard Cars

And yes, I know that these cars have nothing to do with any of the variety of different eras or locations that I am modeling. I purchased one, and that is why only one, to support the board that I frequent. Hopefully in the future there will be a run of something I can really use and that fits in. Maybe something from the Charleston & Western Carolina Railway?


Winners of the Daniusoft DVD Ripper Contest

Winner DogOK, the winners in the Daniusoft DVD Ripper contest have been chosen by the random number generator at Random.Org. So, if you don’t like the results, please blame them and not me. I hate not being able to pick you all!

And the winners are….
Tom SlikerShawshank Redemption
Heidi Jeffers ThibodeauNo Way Out
Walter RashleyCool Hand Luke & Mad Max
Ashley T. CaldwellGangs of New York

I will need to hear from each of you to know whether you want Windows or Mac and what the registration email should be.

Thanks to all of you who entered, and stay tuned. I should have another contest in the next week or so.

Backup Your DVDs and a Contest!

How often have you wanted to take a DVD that you own and move the contents to your laptop, iPod, iPad or, shudder, Android phone to take on a trip. Or maybe you just want to make a backup copy of that DVD for when the original gets lost or scratched. Well there are a number of tools to let you do so, but I was recently given the opportunity to try out one of the easiest. Daniusoft DVD Ripper

Daniusoft DVD Ripper for Windows and DVD Ripper for Mac OS X are basically the same program, just for the different platforms. DVD Ripper not only allows you to extract whatever movie it may be on your DVD, but will also convert it into MP4, AVI, WMV, MOV, FLV, MPEG or other formats for playback on almost any device. Additionally, you can use DVD Ripper to extract just the audio from a DVD and save that out to MP3, WMA, WAV, M4A, AAC, OGG or AC3 formats. In other words, there are an abundance of options for how to save out the files.

And that is why I said this is one of the easiest tools. DVD Ripper comes with many presets already established so that you don’t have to know the video size, frame-rate, or format of the output you want. Simply select your target device and DVD Ripper will take care of all of this for you. While not as fast in the copying process as some of the other products I have tried, such a the freeware HandBrake or MacTheRipper for the Mac, the pure ease of use wins hands down. Additionally, since DVD Ripper is developed by a commercial entity I would hope that they will keep up with technology. Unfortunately many free products, such as those I mentioned, have been left to languish with no updates. This sometimes makes those products finicky to use on newer operating systems or with new hardware. I have had no such problems at all with Daniusoft’s DVD Ripper.
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