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

Moving to Vista– Part Three-Oh

We have been looking at Windows Vista (TM Microsoft) for a few weeks, seeing how it will affect Sagebrush products. View earlier articles Part1 and Part2 . User Account Control Some of the restrictions discussed below may have existed under WinXP, but most home users ran as administrator and never noticed any problem. Now, unless … Read more

Dining With Nature Sounds

One restaurant has a novel use for ambient nature sounds, reports the Manchester Evening News: Customers at a top British restaurant will listen to iPods while tucking into their food. Chef Heston Blumenthal says the Apple music players will help heighten the flavour of a new dish called Sound of the Sea. (Kudos Gizmodo.)

When Time Stamps Go Bad

The biggest application for our audio recording program is logging telephone calls. Sound-activated recording is used to separate calls, and the time code display is handy for displaying when calls occur. So this news item (which AFAIK does not involve our product) caught our attention: A Hempfield Area High School sophomore spent 12 days in … Read more

First Beta for Vista

Our first product, WinChime, was introduced in February of 1995, with a version for Windows 3.1 . Today we introduce a beta version compatible with Windows Vista, showing a felicitous continuity of support. Every couple of weeks we intend to update another product for improved Vista compatibility. Existing customers will be able to use the … Read more