Remember Giveaway of the Day, the site that offers one commercial software program free of charge every day? They've got a gem today: Aplus DVD Ripper (Windows), which lets you back up your movies to your PC and/or convert them for viewing on your iPod, Zune, cell phone, or other portable device. It normally sells for $39.99.
Remember, there's a catch: You have only until midnight tonight (ET) to download and install the program. After that, it's gone (though GotD does occasionally repeat its giveaways). But that's the one and only catch, so if you have even the slightest interest in archiving or converting the DVDs you own, grab this program before the day is out.
I'm in the process of copying The Iron Giant (an under-appreciated classic) to my iPod Touch; so far the program is working like a champ. It's a snap to use and offers plenty of control over video and audio settings. And, hey, if it doesn't work out, so what? Didn't cost me a cent.