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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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The Apple That Never Was: Prototypes from Frogdesign

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Back in the 1980s, Apple didn’t design products in house, but instead turned to design firm Frog, then called Frogdesign. Frog founder Hartmut Esslinger has released a new book, “Keep it Simple,” that features pictures of a number of forgotten Apple prototypes from that era. The Verge has posted some of Esslinger’s photos, including prototypes for cell phones, tablets, and laptops that range from the ludicrous to the downright prescient.favicon follow link