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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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Talking Your Way Out of a Plastic Bag

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TidBITS honcho Adam Engst called me the other morning as I was about to hop on my bike for my commute to work with the news that Apple had just announced there would be a real iPhone software development kit. That was good news, as I had a scoop on the topic a week before, but the secondary news was that an iPhone works in a plastic bag.

Covered in spandex and space-age water-resistant fabrics, I stuck my iPhone in a plastic Ziploc bag - brand names are a must for an iPhone - to prevent it from getting any water in it during my expected wet ride. The microphone and ear speaker (does that have a special name?) worked just fine. Another scoop!

 

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