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Record Online Meetings in Pear Note

While Pear Note is primarily geared toward recording notes in the physical world, it's possible to use it to record things in the virtual world as well. For instance, you can use it to record and take notes on Skype calls. To do this:

  1. Download Soundflower and install it (along with the Soundflowerbed app that comes with it).
  2. Download LineIn and install it.
  3. Start Soundflowerbed, and select Built-in Output (or whatever output you'd like to listen to the conversation on).
  4. Start LineIn, and select your microphone (e.g. Built-in Mic) as the input and Soundflower (2ch) as the output, then press Pass Thru.
  5. Open Pear Note Preferences, select Recording, and select Soundflower (2ch) as the audio device.
  6. Open Skype Preferences, select Audio, and select Soundflower (2ch) as the audio output and your microphone (e.g. Built-in Mic) as the audio input.
  7. Hit record in Pear Note and make your Skype call.

This will allow you to conduct your Skype call while Pear Note records both your audio and the other participant's.

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Few Jobs for North Carolinians in the iCloud

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According to this Washington Post article, Apple’s massive new data center in North Carolina created only 50 jobs associated with running the facility, and Google and Facebook data centers in the state have also failed to dent the unemployment rate due to a lack of technical skills among local residents. Construction-related jobs are created, but they’re temporary. That’s not to say the data centers won’t help the local economies some, but not as much as it might seem, especially in light of the massive tax breaks used as lures.favicon follow link

 

Comments about Few Jobs for North Carolinians in the iCloud

Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-11-29 16:43
Our friend Chuck Goolsbee, who's a data center expert, argues that there's nothing really new here - that low-skill jobs are always being lost as technology makes them obsolete, and that any economic benefits these data centers provide are better than nothing.

http://chuck.goolsbee.org/archives/3854

He's absolutely right, of course, but it's important that the large technology firms creating massive data centers in economically impoverished areas be seen neither as saviors or villains. As usual, the truth lies somewhere in between.