Spring Cleaning Sweeps Out Mac OS X -- Aladdin Systems recently released Spring Cleaning 4.0, which helps you throw out all that digital crud that accumulates on our hard disk: things like duplicate files, orphaned aliases, empty folders, orphaned preferences files, and so on. New features in Spring Cleaning 4.0 are MailCleaner for locating and removing unwanted email attachments, CookieEditor for deleting selected cookies, and two user modes for easier use. Plus, in Mac OS X, Spring Cleaning now provides QuickCompare for finding differences between duplicate files, and AccessMonitor for tracking accesses on files so you can later tell if they're important to keep. But what makes Spring Cleaning 4.0 interesting on Mac OS X is the simple fact that many people aren't yet comfortable navigating around the guts of the operating system, knowing where things go, and understanding what is and is not important. That working knowledge may come eventually, but for now, Spring Cleaning will be an easy way to clean up Mac OS X hard disks. System requirements are a PowerPC-based Macintosh running Mac OS 8.1 or later. Spring Cleaning 4.0 normally costs $50, with upgrades from previous versions at $20, but TidBITS readers can get it (and have Aladdin's Flashback revision control utility thrown in) for $30 by using the Digital River URL below. [ACE]
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:
- Download Soundflower and install it (along with the Soundflowerbed app that comes with it).
- Download LineIn and install it.
- Start Soundflowerbed, and select Built-in Output (or whatever output you'd like to listen to the conversation on).
- Start LineIn, and select your microphone (e.g. Built-in Mic) as the input and Soundflower (2ch) as the output, then press Pass Thru.
- Open Pear Note Preferences, select Recording, and select Soundflower (2ch) as the audio device.
- 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.
- 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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