The field of Internet video converters is not short on contenders, some good at what they do and others, not so much. Mega Video Converter (MVC) from Clip Extractor is a new challenger in a very competitive market. Thankfully, it is one of the good guys.
Freemake Video Converter’s specialties are converting to many formats, including AVI, MKV, and mobile formats like 3GP and MP4. It can also make files suitable for burning to a DVD or Blu-Ray, and even burn the files itself.
Go2Convert is a handy little site that’s not much to look at but serves an incredibly useful function. Upload any file in practically any format, and it’ll let you convert it into something you can use. The site handles more than 100 different formats, including weird ones like PostScript, PhotoCD, EXR, and DPX. Once you’ve selected a file from your hard drive and uploaded it, the site will identify the file format and present you with a dropdown menu of compatible formats that you can save the file in.
E-Books are great, but many applications use proprietary formats so they’re only readable in proprietary apps or on branded devices. Set them free with the Hamster Free eBook Converter.
PdfMasher Turns PDFs into Ereader-Friendly HTML the Right Way. PDFs are great, and while many ereaders do support them they’re just not optimized for viewing. There are also plenty of apps that convert PDF to HTML to help solve this problem, but that tends to destroy the great formatting you get with a PDF. Basically, you always have to sacrifice something. With PdfMasher, you don’t.
If you need to have an encrypted, private chat but don’t have the tools handy to do so, you can just use Cryptocat. While anyone will be able to enter the chatroom if they know its name, nobody without your secret key will be able to see what you’re saying. To get started, you choose a chatroom name on the Cryptocat site and then share that name with anyone you want to talk to. You’ll also need a secret key that both you and anyone else in the conversation knows. If your key matches the key of someone else, your chat messages will be revealed to one another. If not, they’ll just show up as “encrypted.”