let me tell you… “freemake video converter” is a superb piece of software man~~~~~~~~
why do I use that??
1. I wanted to rip my VCD (DVD, I’ve not tried yet, I think…) so that I can play on USB on my smartTV, it did the job,
2. then, I’ve some old pieces of japanese drama VCD, again, I’d like to join some of the rmvb files and so on… again, it did the job, the output was pretty big (though not THAT big) size though, and it’s mp4, but then, it served the purpose, my aim was to join the movie files…
3. now, I want to convert my .flac audio files to .mp3, again… it’s doing its job…
seriously… and it’s FREE… what else can be better? I’ve tried a few other piece of software, they’re either too complicated to use,
or, they’re NOT FREE!!!

youtube-dl and You-Get

youtube-dl is available in Arch Linux community repository. But it does not support some websites. So, it can be complemented with You-Get. Both are surprisingly useful command-line tools.

Emacs vs Vim

Previously I created a table for Vim and Emacs hotkeys. And there is always an editor war between Emacs and Vim.

Recently, I am learning to use Emacs more. Before this, I learnt Vim. This is because vi is a very common text editor in Linux/Unix. Even busybox also contains vi. Thus, I think Vim is the improved version of the essential text editor, which I should learn.

But after watching the Bloomerg video of Linus Torvalds interview, I decided to learn more about Emacs. Besides that, because of using gdb debugger, command-line interface is really infeasible, I tried TUI (text user interface). But the source code buffer (view) sometimes causes overlay text and cannot refresh. Finally, I used Emacs for gdb debugging. Moreover, recently I read a post, it mentions that Emacs can be used as window manager. And, Emacs can be used to play games (I never try this). This indicates the unimaginable potentiality of a text editor.

So, my conclusion is that, Emacs is very powerful text editor, the usage range from text editor to IDE and any other things. But this depends on how a user wants to use it.

(I also found that starting Emacs is slower than Vim.)