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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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Chapter 4 of “Take Control of OS X Server” Now Available

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If you’ve been following along in Charles Edge’s streaming book, “Take Control of OS X Server,” you have OS X Server installed and running at a basic level. In Chapter 4, “Directory Services,” Charles turns his attention to directory services, so you can set up users and groups before you enable additional services.

I’m not complaining, but frankly, we had more trouble editing this chapter than nearly anything else in Take Control’s history, since understanding what readers need to know about Open Directory has been mind-bending. It’s a topic that’s often taught in a 3-day workshop, and it could easily occupy its own book. Luckily, at the level of setting up a single server in a small home or office network, Open Directory isn’t too hard, and we’ve tried hard to keep the book on that track to avoid getting lost in the weeds. In particular, Charles focuses on setting up an Open Directory master and then creating users and groups.

As before, everyone is welcome to read Chapter 1, “Introducing OS X Server” and Chapter 2, “Choosing Server Hardware,” to see where the book will be going, but Chapter 3, “Preparation and Installation,” and this new chapter are available only to TidBITS members — if you have already joined the TidBITS membership program, log in to the TidBITS site using the email address from which you joined. The full ebook of “Take Control of OS X Server” will be available for purchase by everyone in PDF, EPUB, and Mobipocket (Kindle) formats once it’s complete.

Publishing this book in its entirety for TidBITS members as it’s being written is just one of the ways we thank TidBITS members for their support. We hope it encourages those of you who have been reading TidBITS for free for years to help us continue to bring you more of the professionally written and edited articles you’ve become accustomed to each week. For more details on what the membership program means to us, see “Support TidBITS in 2014 via the TidBITS Membership Program” (9 December 2013).


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