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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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Get a Grip -- PowerBook owners who plan to spend any time where its hot enough that sitting quietly at your keyboard can make you sweat, or who carry their PowerBooks around a lot, might want to check out a product called Grip~it Strips, which make the surface of your PowerBook (or any portable computer or device) less slippery. Grip~it Strips work much like stickers, only their non-stick sides are rough and rubbery. Grip~it Strips come in several shapes, including long, thin, lightning-bolt zig zags, dots, and diamonds. You can put them on in regular patterns, or you can combine them to make flowers or avant garde designs.

Grip~it Strips have been available for some time now; for the past year, Adam has used them on his PowerBook 100, and they do make handling easier. I didn't put them on my Duo, because I feared they might prevent it from fitting into a dock in a possible future life. I recently found out that I shouldn't have worried - apparently Duos can dock with Grip~it Strips attached, and if a future problem came up, the strips can be peeled off and their stickiness removed with a little rubbing alcohol. A Grip~it Strip package sells for around $9. [TJE]

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