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This little $200 audio recorder is getting rave reviews: Samson H2 Handy Recorder.
It’s a simple idea: provide brilliant stereo recording in an easy-to-use, ultra-portable device. Now everyone can record pristine audio in an infinite variety of applications. From seminars and conferences, to electronic news gathering (ENG) and podcasting, to musical performances, songwriting sessions and rehearsals, the H2 provides amazing recording quality. And no matter what kind of music you perform or the instrument you play, the H2 can effortlessly record it in high-quality stereo.
Here’s a review at O’Reilly Digital Media that has lots of information.
(Via The J-Walk Blog.)
OverSite… If you design, develop, or architect Websites or other GUI-based software applications, then OverSite is the app you’ve been waiting for… even if you didn’t know it!
With OverSite, you can quickly define your site or application’s structure. Creating wireframe mockups of your pages and screens is also a breeze. You can attach notes to your wireframes to provide further details. Once you’re done, OverSite will auto-generate a structure map of your site or application, and will allow you to export to a number of different formats.
Features of the OverSite application include:
- An easy-to-use structure editor with drag-and-drop functionality and the new Rapid Structure Creator.
- A wireframe editor, allowing you to mock up pages and screens of your site/application.
- Detailed notes attached to widgets within your wireframes.
- Reusable wireframe components with OverSite’s composites and templates functionality.
- Automatic sitemap generation with customizable colors, fonts, and other UI elements.
- Ability to test site interaction with OverSite’s Clickthru browser.
- Ability to import pre-existing Web sites, and modify their site structures.
- Ability to export site structures as folders and HTML files.
(Via MacUpdate – Mac OS X.)
Flux… Advanced XHTML and CSS web design software.
You can do Web 2.0, AJAX, and most other buzzword-compliant things. Flux has the following features:
- Drag and drop design of web pages, you can do almost anything without touching or even seeing XHTML/CSS . But you can meddle with the code if you want.
- Apply cool (or cheesy) effects to images from right within Flux.
- Embed Quicktime Movies, Flash and other objects.
Create the whole site within the WYSIWYG editor, type in XHTML, or a bit of both.
You can use one of the supplied templates (this very website is included!) to get you started, or just stare creatively at a blank page.
Please note: Flux is still in beta, this basically means it’s not 100% complete, and we really want to get your feedback on it. If there is anything you like, don’t like, or don’t understand, please let us know.
More information(Via MacUpdate – Mac OS X.)
Ustream.tv Widget… Watch and monitor all of your favorite Ustream channels directly from your Dashboard.
- Live Streams List
- Favorite Streams List
- Save Favorites To Your Ustream Watch List
- Growl Notifications
- More to comeÉ
(Via MacUpdate – Mac OS X.)
The fellow whose inked and un-shirted self-portrait flooded the web on Monday, after being uploaded unwittingly on a stolen laptop, has turned the pilfered Mac over to police in Victoria, BC, Canada. He says he’s innocent, and authorities are still sorting through the case. Snip from Vancouver Sun story:
The tattooed man, whose photo has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times around the world and who suddenly found himself famous from Iceland to Brazil, walked into the Victoria police station with the stolen machine at about 4 p.m. Tuesday, said gt. Colin Brown.
The man also contacted Global BC on Tuesday, telling the station he did not know the computer was stolen and that he had bought it from a friend who had bought it from someone else.
The guy’s self-portrait has now been viewed more than 252,037 times on the original Flickr page, and heaven knows how many thousands or millions more times on blogs and other websites.
Dane Brown from Workspace (the ‘office 2.0′ space from which this and other laptops were stolen) said Flickr dude was ‘known to police,’ and that while no charges were filed to date, the matter is ‘certainly under investigation.’
Previously on Boing Boing:
(Via Boing Boing.)
An always-on server can come in all kinds of handy for running automated tasks, syncing your data, remote controlling downloads and acting as a proxy. Lot of us have access to a remote computer, but most of us probably aren’t getting everything we can out of it. Check out our top 10 ways to put your remote server to best use
Mac OS X only: Donationware application SurplusMeter monitors and records your upload and download traffic volume and offers tons of useful bandwidth stats, like average daily use and bandwidth allowance tracking (if your ISP has a cap, that is). Keep in mind that the application doesn’t actually keep track of what traffic is from the internet and what traffic may be local network traffic (like transferring files from your desktop to your laptop), so it won’t be 100% accurate if you have much network traffic on your LAN. However, if you’re looking for a simple method for tracking your bandwidth, it’s a handy little utility. SurplusMeter is donationware, Mac only. Windows users, check out Freemeter.