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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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Barnes & Noble DRM Fails with Expired Credit Card

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Yet another reason why DRM is wrong. When a Barnes & Noble customer tried to download a previously paid-for book, an error message appeared, stating that the download had failed because the credit card on file had expired. As the cool kids say, “Epic fail.” The expiration status of a credit card for a previously purchased book should be entirely irrelevant for a later download, and to extend the scenario, there should be no requirement that the account be linked to a credit card at all after the purchase has been completed.favicon follow link

 

Comments about Barnes & Noble DRM Fails with Expired Credit Card
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Evan Grantham-Brown  2012-12-28 15:09
I hate DRM as much as the next geek, but this has nothing to do with DRM.
Glenn Fleishman  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2012-12-28 15:25
The connection is a couple of steps. Because the book was protected by DRM, the user had to re-download it from Barnes & Noble to load it on her Nook. Because the credit card had expired, even though the book had been purchased, Barnes & Noble wouldn't let her do so. Thus, the DRM prevents a backup copy from being useful or transferred easily among devices.