Convert WAV to MP3

I accidentally recorded a few audio files in .WAV file format instead of MP3. Is there an easy way to convert? If the .WAV file was recorded using MPEG compression, simply rename the file to use an .MP3 file extension, and the file will play in the vast majority of MP3 player programs and MP3 … Read more

Audio Illusions

We just stumbled across this Wikipedia topic on audio illusions, with links to good examples. We’ve been pondering how to use one of these in a new product, with no good ideas yet. Any suggestions?

What We Have Read

From my reading journal: 4/29/07 The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories Susanna Clarke Short stories, set in the world of Norrell and Strange, explore the interface of faerie and Jane Austen’s England. Favorite tale: “John Uskglass and the Cumbrian Charcoal Burner”. 4/26/07 Twinkie, Deconstructed Steve Ettlinger Each chapter is an ingredient on the … Read more

Clara Lives

Foremost theremin performer Clara Rockmore passed from this sphere nine years ago today. These videos capture her unique style: The Swan Romance Song of Grusia Habanera Air Hebrew Melody

Revenge of License

In a previous post we discussed abusive click-wrap software license terms. Here is one attempt to fight back, adding the following notice when one purchases a program: READ CAREFULLY. By accepting this payment you agree, on behalf of your employer, to release me from all obligations and waivers arising from any and all NON-NEGOTIATED agreements, … Read more

Example USB FM Tuner Design

For persons interested in designing and constructing their own computer-controlled radio tuner, or those just curious about design issues, check out this college design project report, with more documents here.

A License to Nil

Plenty of others have griped about unreasonable software licenses, but vendors are slow to reform. We recently needed to review the licenses of some key software packages we use, as we move to a new computer and new operating system, to make sure we are licensed to install on the new machine, or need to … Read more

What’s New!

We have added an RSS feed to our “what’s new” web page. The new RSS feed will consist of announcements of product updates, beta releases, and new product introductions. For the next few months, as we update for Vista and make several small incremental improvements, we should be announcing a new update or beta release … Read more

Chime Alarm Clock

Here is an alarm clock that plays physical wind chimes– well, not wind, really, unless your bedroom is breezy, but chimes. Cute idea. Check out the video. Link (kudos Gizmodo)

PRO Finally

After an unconscionably long beta process, RecAll-PRO version 1.4 is declared ready. We are immediately beginning changes for version 1.5, to be compatible with Vista. Look for a beta release early this May, with a production release no later than June. Then we will immediately start a new version, with a small number of bug … Read more