Get uRexsoft DVD Ripper Platinum (Win) for free

Another month, another DVD ripper you've probably never heard of. But so what? From now until Sept. 30, this $35 program is absolutely free. And it works!

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Convert your DVDs to media files with uRex DVD Ripper Platinum, which is currently available free of charge.
Convert your DVDs to media files with uRex DVD Ripper Platinum, which is currently available free of charge. Screenshot by Rick Broida

Every couple months, some software vendor I've never heard of pings me about a new DVD ripper or video converter that they're giving away. I always think there's going to be some kind of catch, like the program's in German or doesn't support Adam Sandler movies. (Actually, that wouldn't be a catch at all.)

Instead, it usually turns out to be a decent piece of software with no strings to speak of. And here's a fine example: From now until September 30, you can get uRexsoft DVD Ripper Platinum (Windows) absolutely free. Normally it would run you $34.95.

To get the program, you don't have to "like" anything on Facebook or wait for a registration code to arrive in your inbox. Just download it right here, then paste in registration code FE3849FF7A7AA1D3FFEB44E95DFF5FBB31D7FBA7. Easy-peasy.

Compatible with Windows XP and later, DVD Ripper Platinum can convert your DVDs (the ones you own, of course) to just about any video format: AVI, MP4, WMV, and so on. Of course, it also comes with a wide range of output presets, including Android, iPad, iPhone, and everyday HD video.

The program even provides some rudimentary editing features, which is nice if you want to rip, say, a certain scene from a movie instead of the entire thing.

I ran a quick test on a season-four disc of "Burn Notice" (great, highly underrated show, by the way), and while it wasn't the fastest ripper I've ever used (it took about 54 minutes to convert a 43-minute episode), it worked just fine.

And here's where it gets interesting: uRexsoft is offering four ways to earn lifetime upgrades for the program. For example, if you have more than 200 friends/followers on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc., all you have to do is share a link to the giveaway, then e-mail uRexsoft to get your lifetime upgrade. (The other options are listed on the giveaway page.) Seems like a pretty fair trade to me.

Ultimately, I dig anything free, and uRexsoft DVD Ripper Platinum not only qualifies, but also requires less hoop-jumping than most giveaways of its ilk. Sweet.

Bonus deal: Powerline networking kits usually start at around $100. Newegg has the TrendNet TPL-303E2K Powerline AV Adapter Kit for $49.99 shipped. That's after applying coupon code EMCKAHC23 at checkout. Great way to stretch Ethernet from one room to another without running wires.

Bonus deal No. 2: Speaking of freebies, iPad owners should definitely check out Crimson: Steam Pirates, one of the best free games I've played.