Two programs I wish I’d known about years ago!

We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming to recommend two invaluable utilities – youtube-dl (a youtube downloader) and ffmpeg (a file converter).

Their functionality can be achieved in other ways, but I have used numerous youtube downloaders and file converters (both for myself and for family members) over the years as they tend to get closed down / taken over by spyware.

These are super fast utilities which run from the command line. I’m running them on a mac but they both have windows versions. As Casey Liss mentions in the posts below, the command line is a bit scary, but these were fairly straightforward to install.

So here are two posts which introduce both and give some tips as to how to use them:

youtube-dl (The documentation is very helpful – I installed it using MacPorts)


Update: Another useful one is wget, which allows you to download any file you have the url for – it can also be installed via Macports: sudo port install wget
Update 2: Homebrew seems to be a more straightforward way to install this stuff than Macports.

The Wonder of Christian Adoption – Kenneth Stewart (video)

For those waiting for the videos of Kenneth Stewart’s sermons from Gartmore, here are some from a conference on The Wonder of Christian Adoption in Singapore last year to tide you over.

Understand Adoption – ‘Sons of God’ (John 1:12)

Appreciating Adoption – ‘The Love of God’ (1 John 3:1)

Experiencing Adoption — God’s Fatherhood (Romans 8:15)

Honouring our Adoption – Loving God (John 15:1-17)

Honouring our Adoption – Loving the Family (God’s people) (1 John 3:14)

Honouring our Adoption – Practical Aspect of Loving the Family (God’s people) (1 John 4:17, 18)

Audio versions can be downloaded here, along with a Q&A and a series on Christ and the Samaritan Woman.

I’ve previously linked to the videos from the 2014 Conference – Christ the King.