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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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A Big Minus for ZipPlus

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A Big Minus for ZipPlus -- Iomega recently revised the compatibility guidelines for the ZipPlus drive, and these guidelines suggest that Iomega either dropped the ball when testing the drive or has a blatant disregard for reality. The ZipPlus can detect whether the drive is connected to a SCSI or parallel port using a special blue AutoDetect cable. Failure to use that cable, use of "any cable converter or gender changer," or use in a multiple-device SCSI chain, could cause system incompatibilities and data loss. Iomega also specifies that the ZipPlus not be used with any PowerBook, regardless of the cable. What's next, a requirement that users store the ZipPlus in a cool, dark place away from loud noises? We hope Iomega will provide a technical solution to these problems quickly. [JLC]

<http://www.iomega.com/product/zip/zipplus.html>
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