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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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JavaScript Yourself Anonymous

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JavaScript Yourself Anonymous -- In response to letters on hiding your email address on a Web page to avoid spammers sucking it down, Joseph McLean <flux@thecentre.com> wrote us with a nifty JavaScript-based solution, which he offers for free:

Brandon Munday mentioned how he removed all "clickable" mailto links from his Web site to thwart the evil address-collecting spiders. Making a site non-clickable is so counter to the Web's nature that I became convinced there had to be another way. And there is - if you turn to JavaScript for aid.
JavaScript is not ubiquitous technology, but this can also work in your favor, because spiders don't speak that language - and most of your human visitors have browsers that do. Here's an example I cooked up in five minutes.

<script language=javascript>
<!--
// SpamProof Mail Script 1.0
// by Joseph McLean <flux@thecentre.com> - freeware
// Linktext is the text you want folks to see and click upon.
// email1 & email2 are the text on either side of your
// email address's @ sign.

var linktext = "Email Me!"
var email1 = "jsmith"
var email2 = "where-ever.com"

document.write("<a href=" + "mail" + "to:" + email1 + "@" + email2 + ">" + linktext + "</a>")

//-->
</script>

This chunk of code can be pasted into your Web page's HTML at any point. Some old browsers don't support JavaScript, but they won't hit an error - the mail link will simply be invisible (as it is to spiders).

 

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