MP3 Patent Countdown

Various Sagebrush programs are able to record and play MP3, but only if you already have an ACM MP3 audio codec installed on your computer, which was common during Windows XP but lessĀ  likely in later versions of Windows. We do not bundle an MP3 encoder with our products because the technology is covered by … Read more


Remember when voice recording was hard? Rare? A special event? Cost money? Required special hardware? Full size ad at Vintage Ads. More ads and hardware photos at Pinrepair. Recording on YouTube. (hat tip BoingBoing) Related Posts: Recording in the News Anniversary of BetaMax Decision

When Time Stamps Go Bad 2 reports Ohio electronic voting machines have privacy issues involving time stamps. “Two Ohio activists have discovered that e-voting machines made by Election Systems and Software and used across the country produce time-stamped paper trails that permit the reconstruction of an election’s results–including allowing voter names to be matched to their actual votes.” — Declan … Read more

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Record from Headset Connector

The other day someone called with an interesting problem. He wanted to record the far side of a telephone conversation using his laptop sound device, and he did not have access to a regular telephone line to use one of the telephone recording interfaces described here. He was using a VOIP phone device that plugs … Read more

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