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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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April Fools Virus Hits JavaOne Conference

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Sometimes our April Fools issues are a little too prescient. Rich Mogull, our security editor, wrote "Mac Users Affected by New Virus" (2008-04-01) in such a way that it took a few paragraphs before it became clear he was talking about a biological virus, not a computer virus. But by the end of the article, the fact that it was a spoof should have become obvious.

Unfortunately, at the recent JavaOne Conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco, 70 people fell victim to a norovirus, suffering nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea just as had supposedly happened in Rich's spoof. 67 of the victims were staff working at the conference, although 3 attendees also fell sick. None were hospitalized.

So next time you're at a conference, we really do recommend washing your hands a lot. And as I'm constantly reminding the 9-year-old Tristan... with soap!

 

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