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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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Code 252 Virus

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Sigh. Trouble comes in threes, and this is the third virus in the last few months. Once again, the estimable virus team has done its work well, and most of the anti-virus tools should be up to date by the time you read this. As usual, I recommend that you snag the latest version of Disinfectant, 2.8 this time, from your favorite purveyor of freeware software.

The CODE 252 virus does not appear to damage any files and does not even spread all that quickly, due in part to the fact that it can only spread from one application to another in System 6 Finder (and it can spread to the System and Finder as well). If you use MultiFinder under System 6, applications are safe, but the System file and the MultiFinder file will be infected, and if you use System 7, only the System file can be infected. Unfortunately, an error in the virus can corrupt your System file or cause crashes if it has infected a System 7 System file.

The virus will trigger if an infected application or system starts up between June 6th and December 31st of any year. All it appears to do is display a childish message about how it is erasing all your disks with a lot of juvenile giggling. It does not actually erase any files or folders, although it is possible that it could damage some directory structures if you restarted the system immediately upon seeing the message. Between January 1st and June 5th of any year, the virus simply tries to spread itself, although not terribly successfully given its limitations.

There's not much more I can say about this or any other virus, except that you should get Disinfectant 2.8 (or another anti-virus utility) and check your disks. Sigh.

Information from:
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