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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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SpamSieve 2.0.1 Improves Accuracy -- Michael Tsai has released SpamSieve 2.0.1, a major upgrade to his helpful Bayesian filtering-based anti-spam tool (see "Tools We Use: SpamSieve" in TidBITS-667 for a review). SpamSieve 2.0.1 now integrates with Eudora 6.0 as a plug-in under both Paid and Sponsored modes (Eudora's own SpamWatch works only in Paid mode), which makes SpamSieve 2.0.1 significantly easier to use within Eudora than earlier versions. Michael also added an automatically maintained blocklist (the addresses of senders of mail marked as spam) and whitelist (the addresses of senders of mail marked as good); keeping these inside SpamSieve's database eliminates the need to clutter address books with unnecessary addresses. A number of tweaks should improve SpamSieve's accuracy: it now extracts more information from each message, parses HTML better, understands common plain text obfuscations, marks messages with Habeas headers as good, and uses a new method of calculating word probabilities. One final nice touch: SpamSieve now displays the number of good messages from the last mail check on its Dock icon. SpamSieve 2.0.1 requires Mac OS X 10.1.5 or later with Emailer, Entourage, Eudora 5.2 or later, Mailsmith, or PowerMail. The upgrade is free for registered users; new copies cost $25. It's available as a 2 MB download that works in trial mode for 30 days or 20 launches. (The 2.0.1 release fixes a few bugs that revealed themselves a few days after version 2.0's recent appearance.)

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One tip from my testing with Eudora. To train SpamSieve from an existing collection of spam and good messages (and Michael recommends resetting your corpus to take full advantage of SpamSieve's new capabilities), follow these steps after installing SpamSieve 2.0.1. Select Eudora in the Finder and choose Get Info from the File menu. Turn on the Esoteric Settings 6.0 plug-in in the Plug-ins section of the window, then close the window and launch Eudora. Choose Preferences from the Eudora menu, scroll down to the Junk Extra settings panel, and check "Always enable Junk/Not Junk menu items." Then you can select some spam messages and mark them as Junk (beware that Eudora defaults to moving them to your Junk mailbox when you do this) and select some good messages and mark them as Not Junk. [ACE]

 

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