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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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The Latest AirPort Base Station Firmware Released

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The Latest AirPort Base Station Firmware Released -- Apple releases new firmware for its AirPort Express and AirPort Extreme Base Stations every few weeks, which is testament to the difficulty of maintaining Wi-Fi and operating system compatibility while keeping the units stable. The latest firmware updates (5.7 for AirPort Extreme and 6.3 for AirPort Express) appeared last week. The issues addressed range from major - LAN performance with AirPort Extreme - to obscure, such as improved support for RADIUS authentication. RADIUS isn't obscure for those who use it, of course, and a bug I found in testing a server that used RADIUS for Wi-Fi logins may be fixed in this update.

<http://www.apple.com/support/airport/>

As with previous base station firmware releases, I recommend waiting to install these upgrades for a few days or weeks unless you are experiencing a specific problem enumerated in the release details. There are routinely reports of firmware installation problems when upgrades are released, and Apple often ships a quick fix a few weeks later. [GF]

 

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