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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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Merriam-Webster Accepts Sponsorship to Redefine Unlimited

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The venerable dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster launched an experiment today that combines wiki-like interaction with commercial possibilities: it has accepted a joint sponsorship from Yahoo and Verizon Wireless to redefine the word "unlimited" in the Merriam-Webster online dictionary.


This is the first step in a broader effort for Merriam-Webster to open their dictionary to editor-reviewed user contributions that the company hopes will "increase the accuracy, scope, and timeliness" of the dictionary's definitions. The sponsored entries, clearly identified as such, "aim to enhance readers' understanding and embrace of the change in words fostered by corporations," said editor Michael Pangloss. "We expect a very positive response, and the sponsorship revenue will fund our wik-tionary efforts."

Yahoo and Verizon Wireless, among other companies, have been working diligently to redefine "unlimited" long before Merriam-Webster afforded them this sponsorship opportunity. Most recently, Yahoo has offered "unlimited" email storage and "unlimited" Web hosting resources for small businesses; Verizon Wireless formerly had an "unlimited" BroadbandAccess cell data plan. Verizon Wireless was thwarted by the New York attorney general; by changing the official dictionary definition, Verizon Wireless should be able to resume their "unlimited" offering.

 

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