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HandBrake

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When it comes to video transcoding HandBrake is the go-to solution for the Mac user. With it you can convert between just about any video format under the sun (or at least those supported by libavformat and libavcodec). Blu-Ray and DVD content can be ripped too, provided the source is not copy-protected and there is full support for chapters, subtitles and video filters.

You can manually specify encoding rate by quality or average bitrate or just leave that down to the built-in presets for common devices. What used to be a painful thing is now incredibly easy with Handbrake and its simple interface.

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Handbrake

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LibreOffice

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Choosing to invest in either Apple iWork or Microsoft Office doesn't have to be the only route to getting down to business on your Mac. A number of open source alternatives exist for those who are determined not to make savings.

LibreOffice is a great example, featuring word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, databases and image editing, effectively making it a full-featured office productivity suite. Microsoft formats are supported for both reading and writing, so you can keep working with the rest of the world. Sure, it doesn’t look as flashy but all of the important features are there, including an equation editor.

Libre Office
Libre Office

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Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
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Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL
Discussing the vulnerabilities inherent in Wi-Fi networks, and how using TLS/SSL for your entire site will assure security.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.