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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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Almost everyone who owns a DeskWriter (or DeskJet) printer from Hewlett Packard has complained about the ink, which is soluble in water. Although few people have specifically had problems with dunking their printouts, most people worry about the possibility. A number of solutions appeared in Usenet this week.

The most common solution mentioned is to photocopy the page in question, although this is not always convenient. Another solution is to use a fixative spray that can be found at art supply stores. The most ironic feature of the DeskWriter/DeskJet is the excellent envelope handling capabilities, because an envelope is likely to be exposed to water. We have found that a strip of clear Scotch tape protects the address and makes the envelope look slightly classier. Of course, the ideal solution would be for HP to come up with non-water soluble ink, and the latest rumors say it might do so by July.

Information from:
Adam C. Engst -- TidBITS editor
Steve Hix -- fiddler@concertina.Sun.COM
Chet Wood -- chet@Advansoft.COM
George J. Jefferson -- jeffe@eniac.seas.upenn.edu
Saiid Paryavi -- paryavi@harris.cis.ksu.edu

 

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