How to Make Your DVD-ROM Region Free

How to make your DVD-ROM region free? This is both a technical issue and legal issue. In order to manufacture a DVD drive one has to obtain a license from the DVD CCA (Copy Control Association). The licensing terms state that every drive must support certain mechanisms, among others CSS (Content Scrambling System) and region code. The latter has only become mandatory for DVD-ROM drives starting from the first of January 2000. Since then every DVD-ROM must contain hardware region code which the user can change 5 times, then send back to the manufacturer which can reset that counter 4 times. Before that date most drives did not have any region protection and it was rather easy to circumvent the software DVD player based region code protection by the use of a well know tool: DVD Genie. That region free state was also called as RPC-1. A none code free DVD-ROM is called RPC-2.

Pioneer and Matsushita (they make drives for the Creative PC DVD kits) were the first to introduce DVD-ROM hardware region code protection. But after a while nice people found a way to circumvent this region protection. They argued that they’d been cheated when they bought a protected drive since it’s nowhere written down that the drive comes crippled and can’t play all DVD discs, and they were quite right. In fact it would be really interested to see what would happen if somebody sued the DVD CCA for violating WTO trade agreements – after all region codes are there to restrict global trade. ???DVD Backup software???

The solution to get your drive region free is to load another firmware which disables the region code protection. While loading a new firmware isn’t the most uncritical of tasks it can be performed without problems if you take all the necessary precautions. However you should be aware that in some cases the warranty might become void if you mess around with your drive on your own. But I’ve done dozens of main board BIOS updates, router firmware updates and now one DVD-ROM firmware update and I’ve never run into any serious trouble. But don’t blame me if something goes wrong, I warned you. (Rip DVD to Mobile devices)

Who should get a new firmware?

Basically whoever needs it. If you live in the USA or Canada (R1) then you most likely won’t need the ability to play DVDs from other regions, unless you are interested in some of the rare titles that are out in Europe (R2) but not in the USA: For instance the Buffy discs, or the 6 full seasons of Friends If you live in another region than R1 and you don’t speak English or prefer to watch the movies in another language then most likely you don’t have to flash your firmware either since you get all the titles you want in your own region. But if you, like me, prefer to get movies sooner, with more extras, and of course in English all the time then you’re in for an upgrade.

The process

First of all go to the mother of all firmware sites and check if there’s an updated firmware for your type of DVD drive. If you’re unsure about the type of the drive I suggest you run driveinfo. Should you run into an ASPI error you have to install forceaspi first. Unrar the forceaspi archive, then run . The package comes with detailed instructions which I won’t copy here but you should definitely check them out first. After installing forceaspi you have to reboot your machine. Driveinfo will show you the type of your DVD drive as well as the current firmware, and whether or not the drive is regionfree. If driveinfo tells you the drive has no region protection of course you don’t have to do anything.

As you can see this nice 8x/24x notebook drive is a Toshiba SD-C2402 and you an find that there’s several different firmwares for that drive. The drive currently has firmware version 1015 so you should download the patched firmware 1015, not any other. This step is really crucial.. double or triple check that you have the right firmware, otherwise your drive might not work after flashing anymore.

After you’ve downloaded the right firmware you’ll have to create a dos/win9x bootdisk. For this operation I simply took the W98 setupdisk. You can also format a disk and check “copy system files” and you’ll get a working bootdisk. Then copy the flasher program and the firmware to the disc as well. In the Toshiba case the flasher is called and the firmware file . Then reboot your pc and change the boot drive order if necessary so that your pc boots from the disk drive. Of course you could also create a boot-CD or as I have a boot-zip disc but a floppy is the most obvious solution.

Since every BIOS looks different I can’t tell you where to change the boot order. Please refer to the manual of your mainboard / pc or call customer support. You shouldn’t change anything else in the BIOS unless you really know what you’re going to do.

After rebooting run the flasher. In our example you’d type “resetcnt “, then the program will search for a DVD-ROM and ask you if you want to flash. Type yes, wait until the program has finished, then reboot your pc.

Once back in Windows run driveinfo again.

Before you buy a DVD-ROM make sure that there’s RPC-1 firmware for it if you intend to watch DVDs that come from outside your region. And make sure you flash the drive with the right firmware.

How Will The Price Work if Flavor of Summer is a Cheaper iPhone?

When you are continuously reminded by a nagging and cunning competition in tech news that you are losing because you did not set your prices properly and damned by tech review experts for making such a superb device that can’t be priced lower what options do you have? This is also when you are offering the best possible in that world. In every measure the product is superior to competition but still you are losing. People have their ways of thinking and circumstances and education to support that, even justify. So Samsung never could come up to the level they are now to trouble Apple in Steve Jobs’ time. Either they feared him or they were not strong enough. Or Apple CEO never feared them. So against the growing rumors of a new iPhone this summer there is unmistakably a looming, intimidating shadow of Samsung. How is that going to affect this new product and subsequent business strategy of Apple?

It is apparent Apple is slowly and grudgingly acknowledging Samsung, whether in the court room or the market. Their reactions will also be to accommodate that acknowledgement. So it is very strongly expected that the new iPhone supposed to be released in Summer’13 will have adjusted price with possible restrictions in features and more aesthetics, losing their established get up. Since Apple has only one model they feel it hard to compete with Samsung in volume. But what it appears that they are now also trying to make variations of the iPhone and match Samsung in their higher segment phones. Apple matching up to someone??? Surprise, surprise. Disruptions are norms in such fast changing technologies.

So you are expecting a cheaper iPhone in the new one? I am also but what will happen to the earlier ones? By the established trend this company reduces the price of the earlier model once the next in line comes out. So every US citizen will look forward (and some of the other first world countries also) to a reduction in price of iPhone 5. How can that happen when you are introducing the new product for a cheaper version to sell in other countries? Will the product launch be specific, restricted to certain regions?

If US is diverted for this release will iPhone again change itself? The tradition has been to give US the first look and then slowly for the world to have steady flow of the earlier version. Making it really precious, pricey. Are those street smart marketing stunts abandoned? For volume? How change happens to high pedestal idols also. Do you see a smirk on my face here? I am not. Why? Because I come from the third world. For a change this company is giving importance and recognition for the volume and money they earned from here. Music to our collective ears.

Are these issues only thought by me? Does Apple employ people who will not see this contradiction and find ways to think and correct them? They have proved their smartness many times and I am sure they will again. What I think is they are going sort of transition to change. We will see a new Apple, till then they will decline.

Remote Power Management Systems And Intelligent PDUs

Advances in technology have made it possible to operate machines remotely. This has been made possible by various power management tools and systems. The primary role of the remote power management systems is to minimize system downtime. Such systems make it possible to reboot systems remotely, reset systems remotely and also act as access terminal to machines located in far flung locations, away from human personnel. The cost benefits derived by such systems are immense for a business. The following advantages and capabilities of remote reboot systems are what have made these systems common place in many offices as well as homes.

???They undertake remote rebooting via com ports, serial ports, modems, phones, internet and RS-232. Most remote power control and reboot systems are capable of managing up to 1000 outlets.

???They ensure an efficient, safe and reliable power distribution and load to data centers.

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RPM systems solved one of the most challenging problems facing the establishment of routers and servers in remote locations. Any network equipment located in offsite locations presented a real headache to network engineers and technicians in the event of a lock up as they struggled to get it back on the grid. Data centers and racks holding remote network equipment are some of the network equipment that is increasingly being housed in remote locales. According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), approximately 80 percent of new businesses especially in the information technology and communications industry install a RPM system just before they commence operations. Maintaining staff at remote network equipment locations is a very expensive undertaking, which could be easily overcome through the use of the remote power management systems. Service calls by technical personnel in case of a breakdown are also quite expensive, and you’d have to contend with system downtime till the personnel are on site and have successfully completed their work. The core basis of these systems is the remotely operated reboot switch or the switched power distribution unit. PDUs are available in two main classes:

???Circuit breakers and transformers generally make up for the first class of the PDUs, which are quite costly, you know.

???The second class of PDUs are responsible for powering up a data center’s networking equipment and computers. They are commonly referred to as intelligent PDUs, smart PDUs or rack based PDUs. Most electricity intensive applications such as stage shows and data centers, make use of the intelligent PDUs. However, only PDUs with remote access capabilities are used in remote power management systems. It is important to consider the cost of the intelligent PDU that you intend to install Vis a Vis your energy management objectives. Highly intelligent PDU systems that are of a higher quality should be your natural choice if you desire to spend less on your energy bills.

Fax With Your iPhone Using Mobile Fax Website or Mobile Fax Application for iPhone

If you have to send an urgent document by fax, there are two easy ways to do it with an iPhone:

1) Online Fax Mobile Webinterface

1. Sign up for an internet fax can subscribe to the internet fax service provided by Popfaxright from your iPhone.

2. Access via your iPhone browser.Without any downloads or installations required.

3. Login to your account at .

4. Take picture of the document that should be the scanned document on your iPhone with one of supported extensions (*pdf, *doc, *jpg, *gif, etc.).

5. Enter the destination fax number.

6. Send the will receive a report informing you if your transmission was successful. The status and the copy of your transmissions are available at any time in the “Outbox” of your Popfax account.

2) Fax Application for iPhone

Choose the Send & Receive subscription with a dedicated fax number provided, or try sending and receiving faxes online for free.

3. Scan the pages of the document one after the other with your iPhone integrated image processor in Popcompanion adjusts the photo and converts it into a faxable black & white document. You can rotate pictures 90 degrees and adjust the page size.

4. Send the resulting will receive a notification of delivery. The status and the copy of your transmissions are available at any time in the “Outbox” of your Popfax account.

If you have to receive an urgent fax, follow these steps to receive faxes with an iPhone:

Video tutorial How to send and receive faxes with iPhone

The cloud technology used by is much more reliable and faster than traditional paper fax machines. It saves time and increases the productivity of unified document communications. Once created, a Popfax account can be accessed from various Internet-enabled devices – computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone – offering an absolute freedom to choose what device to fax from.