Archive for December, 2004

Up in MI for New Years Dec 30 2004

Year of the Rooster

Kristin and I made it up to Petosky, MI for the start of our Fun-Filled Fantastice Family Reunion of ’04/’05 with Kristin’s mom’s side of the family. Should be fun. Although I might suggest next time someplace warmer and less snowier. At least the inn we’re staying in has a decent fast wireless connection. Weee!

We’ll be up here until Sunday night when we return back down to STL.

So happy Year of the Rooster and all that, in case I’m not at YOUR New Year’s Eve party.

Have fun, be safe, and remember, 2005 is going to be even better than 2004.

Sad. Dec 29 2004

My grandmother Blanche passed on this evening.

Instamatic – more mash up download delights Dec 28 2004

Instamatic

Products are available here for instant despatch, no extra cost or p2p required. (size and colour may vary)

Due to rising processing costs only some of our product is currently available, but we hope that does not stop you enjoying your Kodiak moments.

NOTE: This site is NOT held on a UK or US server (despite any UK or US domains that may be pointing at it) – it’s hosted in Russia.

Disclaimer: All remixes linked to on this site are created for my own entertainment, are not for sale, and are a demonstration of mixing and production techniques, and my intense love of music and the artists that create it. The copyright for the individual tracks used of course remain with the artists and record companies. If you like the mixes I have created, please track down the original tracks and support the original artists. If you are a representative of either the artist or the publishing company and would like the tracks removed, please contact me directly and I will happily take the tracks offline ASAP.

MUTANT POP – Tim’s Top Ten 01/12/04 Dec 28 2004

MORE MASH UP!!!

Tim’s weekly Top 10 Mashups and bootlegs – gonna have to come back to this one!

MUTANT POP – Top Ten 01/12/04

Well strictly it should be 2nd of December – decided to do these mid week – partly because I have more time then. and partly because bootleggers seem to release most boots Sunday night and after the weekend!

The freeze has started here, but no snow or ice as yet, with the invevitable ‘hillarious’ messages written on cars like ‘I LUV MARY JANE’ and people scrawling various genitalia and breasts onto cars. It’s a old pagan winter tradition, doncha kno?

Listening to XFM today I heard BabySHAMBLES are played not one, not two, not three but FOUR gigs on New Years Eve. Wonder if Pete Doherty will not turn up to all of ’em?

Anyway, time for the show, baaaaaaaaaaby….

Todays show is brought to you by the words ‘melange’, ‘interjection’, ‘veritable’, various kitchen appliances and the number 69. Spot them kids!

Another 10 songs for the iPod. Sweet!

Iconographer Dec 27 2004

Replacement Icon for Audio Recorder for OS X

Mscape Software – Products – Iconographer

Iconographer

Iconographer is a fully-featured icon editor. It allows you to both change the icons of items and to edit the icon resources used by various programs. Iconographer has been created from the ground up to deal with many icon formats, including: classic Mac OS (8-bit icons only), Mac OS 8.5 (32-bit icons with 8-bit masks), Mac OS X (128 x 128 icons in .icns files), Windows and Windows XP (.ico files), and Mac OS X Server (48 x 48 icons in .tiff files).

Due to its flexibility, Iconographer is useful to both beginners and advanced users. It can be used for a wide range of tasks, ranging from simply creating some customized folder icons to editing complex resource files for an application to converting icons between platforms.

Very nice icon editor for OS X, can create Windows icons too. I just used it to create a nice replacement icon for Ben Shanfelder’s excellent free program Audio Recorder, which hopefully he will like and incorprate into a future release if he wants.

Audioscrobbler – track what you’re listening to right now Dec 27 2004

Audio Scrobbler logo

Welcome to Audioscrobbler.

Audioscrobbler builds a profile of your musical taste using a plugin for your media player (Winamp, iTunes, XMMS etc..). Plugins send the name of every song you play to the Audioscrobbler server, which updates your musical profile with the new song. Every person with a plugin has their own page on this site which shows their listening statistics. The system automatically matches you to people with a similar music taste, and generates personalised recommendations.

Using this service plus a nice WordPress AudioScrobbler plugin to display the Listening to: links on the right.

Audioscrobbler

CleanSoftware.org – Free software, no nasties! Dec 27 2004

Looks like a really nice site featuring clean and free software for Windows. Cool to see that when I use Windows I use many of the programs on this list, although I may have to give a few new ones a try.

CleanSoftware.org – Free software, no nasties!

CleanSoftware.org – Free software, no nasties!

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* Internet
* Multimedia
* Office & publishing
* Security & antispam
* Utility

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Welcome!
CleanSoftware.org is a resource to help Windows users find the best free daily-use software, free from nasties: adware, spyware, harmful/intrusive components, and threats to privacy.

Computers do not have to become slow, unreliable and infested with unwelcome software during the natural course of computing. Simply being careful about what software you install on your computer will have a dramatic impact on the quality of your computing experience.

There is a lot of excellent free software available today. Unfortunately, over the past couple years the Internet has become littered with deceptive and borderline dangerous software. Many “free” programs threaten your privacy; others clutter your computer with intrusive components.
Don’t settle for software riddled with irritating advertising or harmful spyware. Browse our categories to discover excellent free, clean, software.

This site provides links to excellent daily-use free software that are believed to be free from spyware, adware, or other malicious or intrusive components. As a long time computer user, software developer, and student of Engineering and Computer Science I would not hesistate to use any of these programs myself.

The “clean” software listed in the categories is, to the best of the admin’s knowledge, free from:

* Adware – aggressive, unwelcome advertising
* Spyware – components that track, record, report your actions
* Data mining – analysis of personal data for marketing purposes
* Parasites – unwelcome, hidden, unexpected components
* Misleading or tricky license

Mashmix.com – Downloads Dec 26 2004

Mashmix.com – Downloads

Classic Mashups (23)
Files Currently Offline (8)
Mash Mixes (0)
MTV Mash hits (26)
Played & Displayed (48)
Streamload mixes archive (info & full listing) (1)

There are 106 files in our database

Get your mash up on… More tunes for the iPod…

Merry Christmakah, yo. Dec 25 2004

Merry Christmakah, everyone. 🙂

HOWTO: How to record a streaming .ram file to .mp3 using OS X Dec 23 2004

Introduction

The other day I was trying to figure out how to get the audio-recorded version of the Christian Science Bible Lesson onto my shiny new iPod photo. The iPod likes .mp3 or .aac files. It does not include any way to save out a Real Player audio stream in .ram or .rm format and listen to it later.

Here is how I was able to get OS X to record a streaming Real Player Media file (.ram) to .mp3. Note that because this is recording a stream, this is a real-time operation.

This was tested under Macintosh OS X – Panther 10.3.7 using a 1.5GHz 15″ Powerbook G4 with 1.25 GB RAM.

Software

Needed software:

  1. Soundflower – http://www.cycling74.com/products/soundflower.html
  2. Audio Recorder – http://versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/17392
  3. LAME Framework – http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/22570
  4. Real Player – http://www.real.com/

Process

  1. First, download each application above. (You only have to do this the first time.) Make sure you get the Free RealPlayer version from Real.
  2. Install Soundflower, according to their website instructions (pretty much standard double-click, type in password, and click next.)
  3. Install Real Player
  4. Install Audio Recorder (drag-and-drop into your Applications folder, I believe.)
  5. Install LAME Framework. You can put it into either your /Library/Frameworks/ folder or your ~/Library/Frameworks/ folder, depending on if you want it to be available to other users of your computer or not.
  6. Open Audio Recorder. You should see the audio level meter responding to your microphone input or whatever your default Input is set to in your System Preferences / Sound control panel. (Note: At this point you could create your recording, but you would be converting from digital to analog, recording the input from your microphone, then saving to file. Not ideal for getting the best sound quality.)
  7. Open your Audio Recorder Preferences. Change the dropdown from .aiff to .mp3 and adjust the Quality to whatever you want. For recording the Lesson I chose Voice.
  8. Close your Audio Recorder Preferences.
  9. Open your System Preferences, then click on Sound
  10. Click on Input. Select Soundflower (2ch) as the Input.
  11. Click on Output. Select Soundflower (2ch) as the Output. (After you do this, you will not hear anything coming out of your speakers. Essentially you’ve told your Mac to use the Soundflower application as both your Input and your Output device.)
  12. Click on Sound Effects. Where it says “Play alerts and sounds through:” choose Built-in Audio: Internal speakers. This will ensure that if you’re using your computer while you’re recording system alerts won’t be recorded as well.
  13. Open Real Player, and start the audio stream.
  14. Switch to the Audio Recorder application, then click Record. You should see the audio level meter responding to the Real Player audio, not your microphone input.
  15. Press Stop in Audio Recorder once you’ve recorded the program you wish to save to .mp3.
  16. Audio Recorder will prompt you to name the file.
  17. Open up your home directory in the Finder (the default save location for Audio Recorder). Double-click on the .mp3 file, and it should load into iTunes and begin playing. The next time you plug your iPod into your computer it should sync and you now have a time-shifted copy of the Real Player audio stream stored on your iPod for your listening pleasure.

Don’t forget to switch your Output back to Speakers in your System Preferences after you’re done, otherwise you won’t hear any audio coming out of your computer.

Conclusion

Using this method you should be able to record any shows or programs that are made available in streaming format that you can listen to – this is just like adding a line-out cable into your line-in, without having to actually have any physical cables.

The 28:31 minute long Lesson on Christian Science ended up being around 11.5 MB .mp3 file and it plays perfectly on the iPod. I think that the Christian Science Publishing Society should make the Lesson available natively in .mp3 format for free (or at all) on their site. Bonus points would super for sure apply if they then also turned it into a nice .mp3 enclosure-enabled RSS feed podcast so you could download it automatically to your iPod every week using an iPodder application.

Link to the Christian Science weekly Bible Lesson:
http://www.spirituality.com/dt/sg_home.jhtml

Link to Real Player version of the Lesson:
http://boss.streamos.com/real/csps/clerks_office/wbl/wbl_rp_28k.ram

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