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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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Dan Frakes Explains Power Nap

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Mountain Lion offers a new feature called Power Nap, but since it’s limited to only a few recent laptop Mac models, most people probably haven’t seen it. In short, Power Nap enables supported Macs to wake up briefly to back up via Time Machine, check for email via Mail, receive new messages in Messages, and update iCloud-related data, including calendar events, contacts, reminders, notes, iCloud documents, and photos in Photo Stream. Over at Macworld, our friend Dan Frakes explains just what Power Nap can do, how you use it, why it works on so few models, and more.favicon follow link

 

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Something I have not seen discussed anywhere is a similar feature that already exists apart from PowerNap in Mac computers. My own 2010 MBA which does not support PowerNap performs a "Dark wake" each morning when I detach the power cord and then connects to my Airport network and downloads all e-mail, without me opening the lid of the computer. This is a real feature apart from PowerNap, but I am not sure in what models it works or how long it has worked like this. See the Console logs! -Jerry
It also seems to take consistently longer time to wake from sleep when opening the lid after it has previously made a dark wake than when it has not done so since you last closed the lid. I know this happened in 10.7 Lion too (but not sure it worked that well and maybe Mail messages were not downloaded). Mail messages download without using push. Not sure what other services works in Dark wake, but Dropbox does not sync. There were an article a year ago in Macnews on this: http://www.macnews.com/2011/08/09/apple-working-dark-wake-methods-macs