The sharps and flats of the music business

By Zoë Keating

September 1, 2013

 

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the day I quit my software job. There was nothing wrong with my job; it was rewarding and I liked it, but "information architect" was not my calling. I didn't want to sit at a computer all day. I wanted to make music.

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Recording Interviews using Skype and Audio Hijack Pro for Mac

A good tutorial on setting up Skype and Audio Hijack Pro to record telephone interviews.  Includes detailed port forwarding to eliminate use of super-nodes and practical stereo channel setup for easy post processing.  By Doug Kaye and Paul Figgiani on Slideshare.

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How Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages

Slide from material released by Edward Snowden

• Secret files show scale of Silicon Valley co-operation on Prism 
• Outlook.com encryption unlocked even before official launch
• Skype worked to enable Prism collection of video calls
• Company says it is legally compelled to comply

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Flickr.com Enhances Free Accounts

The photo sharing site Flickr.com has enhanced their free account to include 1 TB of storage and full resolution uploads.  Previously, only the $30/year Pro account offered full resolution as well as unlimited storage.  While 1TB isn't unlimited it will cover most family picture needs.  Current high resolution DSLR cameras output .jpg files of about 8MB.per picture.   A 1TB storage limit would handle about 125,000 photographs  Assuming you take, on average, 100 pictures each week, it would take 24 years to reach the !TB limit.

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U.S. Congress Tackles Problems that Don't Yet Exist

Why try to hammer out solutions to problems such as gun violence, immigration, healthcare costs  and jobs when the country faces the threat of Google Glass.  While unable to find bipartisan solutions to anything real, Congress is demanding answers from Google about the potential dangers from Google Glass - a product that  has not been released.  The letter to Google CEO Larry Page - see full letter below - requests that Google reply by June 14, 2013 with solutions to problems created by what the not-yet released device's not-yet known features might do.   If they are sincerely concerned about privacy then they might want to start with some products that are actually being sold by the thousands that do exactly what they seem to be concerned about.  

They may wish to start with the Cellebrite UFED Touch, a device which can  extract, decrypt, parse and analyze phonebook contacts, multimedia content, SMS and MMS messages, call logs, electronic serial numbers (ESN), International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) and SIM location information.  Some features do not require a physical connection to the device.  Or instead of worrying about "what if" Google Glass might one day do facial recognition, Congress may wish to think of the privacy implications of real devices that actually do it today such as the BI2 Technologies MORIS™  a handheld biometric device based on the iPhone that can recognize and identify people based on iris, face, or fingerprint.

Full Letter to Larry Page of Google 

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How To Delete Files or Folders from a Time Machine Backup

How

1)  Using Finder, navigate to the location of the file or folder you want purged (the file may no longer be there if you deleted it).

2) Enter Time Machine by clicking on the Time Machine clock icon in your Dock.

3) Select a date when the file was on your computer by using the time slider on the right

4) Once you locate a version of the file or folder on any backup set, select the file and theb click on the action widget.  

 

 

 

 

5) Select Delete All  Backups or right-click on the file and make the same selection.

That's it.   more

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