For those movie lovers in the United States and Puerto Rico, Redbox is giving today a Rent 1 Get 1 Promotion Code, valid for both DVD and Blu-Ray rentals.
This code can be used one time per credit card.
Redbox is known to send promotional codes of this type on most Mondays and sending another code via Text Message sometime in the week. They also sometimes sends promotional codes to your email and rarely they have more promotional codes like this shown in the app on other weekdays. Also, if you’re a T-Mobile user, you can sometimes find a free rental code in the T-Mobile Tuesday’s app.
A suggestion to use this code is to rent 2 DVDs or 2 Blu-Ray discs. Otherwise, if you mix a DVD and a Blu-Ray, the promotional code will only apply to the DVD instead of the Blu-Ray, making the transaction $0.20 cents more expensive.
Enjoy your rentals!
On the weekend, I released PAQCompress v0.3.49:
This release has the following changes:
- Added paq8sk: v2, v5, v7, v9, v10, v13, v14, v15, v18, v19, v22, v23, v25, v26.
- Added paq8px v187fix1, fix2, fix3.
- Compression level improvements when changing between compression series.
You can download this new version on GitHub by clicking here.
Today, I have released Google Drive Uploader & Explorer Tool v1.13:
This version has the following changes:
- Fixed the Raw download URL generation.
- Added nested RAW download URL generation (CTRL + U on folders, or right-click and select the RAW Url option).
- Added option to generate cURL script (Compatible with MSYS2 and WSL).
- Updated Google APIs.
You can download it on GitHub by clicking here.
Today, I have released PAQCompress v0.3.47:
This release fixes the following issues:
- Fixes an issue where the software would not work if its location contained spaces and “Show Command Prompt” was checked.
- Fixes Batch script generation if the software was placed on a location with spaces.
You can download this new version on GitHub by clicking here.
Today, I’ll show you the OWC Mercury Pro 5.25″ External Optical Drive Enclosure:
This is an enclosure designed for Internal 5.25″ CD, DVD, and Blu-Ray drives. It uses a USB 3.1 Gen 1 connection to transfer files faster than when using USB 2.0. This mainly applies to Blu-Ray discs since they can have a very high transfer rate when compared to CD or DVD, hence having a USB 3.1 Gen 1 connection allows us to benefit by having faster transfer speeds.
The enclosure comes in a simple box where when opened, we see a box that contains the power and USB cable as well as the screws needed to mount the drive:
We then see the enclosure below:
It comes protected inside a plastic bag:
Once we take it out of the bag, we can see the shiny metal enclosure:
Inside, we can see the board and SATA cables:
I took out my LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray drive from my desktop so I can use in the enclosure on all of my computers:
Installation was very easy. The drive was inserted and the screws were installed on the sides and bottom. The result is very nice looking portable desktop drive:
Windows 10 detects it as Mercury Pro Optical and lets us know that it is connected via USB 3.0:
So far, the enclosure has been working very great.
Now, I need another enclosure for my LiteOn iHAS524 drive, which is still my preferred drive to read and write CD and DVD.
Remember my previous post where I was talking about the LiteOn iHAS524 C and mentioned the different optical pickup units this model use across its different revisions? Turns out that the SF-DS1XD OPU used in the iHAS524 B was having trouble burning DVD+R DL, so I began my search for a used iHASx24 drive from the A revision.
On Friday, I got a used LiteOn iHAS124 A delivered. This model use the SF-DS19L OPU that all LiteOn iHASx24 use (x being a number from 1 to 6).
The LiteOn iHASx24 series are all the same, except that the iHAS224, iHAS424 and iHAS624 has the hardware for LightScribe burning, while the iHAS124, iHAS324 and iHAS524 doesn’t. Other than that, the hardware is identical but they have different firmwares. The capabilities between models are the following:
- LiteOn iHAS124: Base model.
- LiteOn iHAS224: LightScribe.
- LiteOn iHAS324: SmartErase.
- LiteOn iHAS424: LightScribe and SmartErase.
- LiteOn iHAS524: LabelTag and SmartErase.
- LiteOn iHAS624: LightScribe, LabelTag and SmartErase.
Basically they have a different firmware enabling LightScribe, LabelTag and SmartErase depending on the model you have. Even if you have a different model, the firmware can be crossflashed by using some tools and firmware. I will not be covering that here, but it’s good to know if you’d like to add some features to your drives. The only feature that depends on hardware is LightScribe.
My LiteOn iHAS524 has been with me since 2010, and it’s probably the best CD and DVD burner available given its ability to overspeed 16x media to 20x. It also has HyperTuning, Online HyperTuning and SmartBurn, which are essential features to burn media with great quality. This is why I still count on this drive as sometimes I like to store data on optical media.
The drive had its optical pickup unit changed to the SF-DS1XD some years ago because one CD broke inside the unit, damaging the original SF-DS19L. I also didn’t use DVD+R DL media, so everything was fine, until last week. It turns out that the OPU had problems burning the discs. Specifically, it had problems focusing on the second DVD layer, failing at 50%. This is why I brought the used LiteOn iHAS124 A drive.
Because this unit is an A revision unit, the hardware between the iHAS124 and iHAS514 is the same. I did changed the iHAS524 disc mechanism to the one from the iHAS524 C revision, with the exception of the OPU:
On both photos, the iHAS524 is on the left while the iHAS124 is on the right.
Here we can see the disc mechanism from the iHAS124 unmounted:
And the Optical Pickup Unit taken out of it:
I’ll be using this OPU in the original iHAS524 mount, so I placed it there:
And finally, here’s the disc mechanism attached to the iHAS524:
The OPU started working immediately. It is now loading discs faster and wasn’t making weird noises. I was also able to burn some DVD+R DL media without issues. I’ll be talking about that on another post, but for now, this is it.
Today, I have released Opus GUI v1.16:
This release adds a new text file called
audioformats.txt. In this file, you can specify the file extensions that the GUI will process:
You can add new extensions as long as ffmpeg supports it, and they will be processed only if ffmpeg is present. Otherwise, only WAV files will be processed.
This version also has some bug fixes and improvements and updates the Google APIs to their latest version.
You can download this release on GitHub by clicking here.