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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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Imaging an Address -- Brandon Munday <mundayrb%am4@mr.nawcad.navy.mil> offers a suggestion for displaying your email address on a Web page in a manner that prevents automated spiders from sucking it down:

I used an image editing program to create a graphic image of my email address, in a font and size similar to that used by most browsers. I saved it as a GIF with a transparent background. Then I placed that image on the Web page anywhere I needed the email address, and used something like "Email address" as the alternate text for the image. Further, I removed all "mailto:" links, and added an apology that there was no clickable link, and asked for the reader's understanding. This way, anyone looking at the Web page with a browser with images enabled sees my email address in clear text. But the address does not exist as part of the page's text, so no spider or robot can glean the information automatically.

 

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