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From Webcasting to SoftPhone Technology

In computing, a softphone is a software program for making telephone calls over the Internet using a general purpose computer, rather than using dedicated hardware. Often a softphone is designed to behave like a traditional telephone,

China Earthquake Donation Guide: 35+ ways to give

 

English: This post provides a guide as to how you can donate toward China earthquake relief efforts in Sichuan. Over 35 and more ways to give donations are compiled now.

How to transcribe wave-to-text for text blog publication

Steps

1. Convert the audio file from AUP to WAV or MP3 (using Audacity/Lame/WinLame)

2. Transcribe from WAV or MP3 to Text (using WAV-To-TEXT Voice Recognition)

Second Life First Look Viewer Released

Increased rendering quality, but beta stability, for Second Life 

http://blog.secondlife.com/2007/05/29/windlight-first-look-viewer-released/

Web Conferencing and Webcasting System

ePresence Interactive Media is an Open Source Web Conferencing and Webcasting system that delivers video and synchronized presentation media over the internet using multiple streaming formats for multiple platforms. Freeware from the University of Toronto, Canada

http://epresence.tv/products

http://sourceforge.net/projects/epresence/ 

World Time

For the global visualization of time zones and clocks on your desktop (freeware):

Desktop Sun Tracker 

http://www.herethere.net/dt/

This software displays two versions of the world map, a day, and a night version, and fades between them to show which portions of the world are in daylight, and which aren't. In other words, this is a dynamic wallpaper that updates based on where the sun is relative to the surface of the earth.

Breitling World Time

Microphone Monitoring Tool

NATSpectrum

A nice small freeware tool to display live microphone input levels (meaning audio gain and frequency - the starting point for audio quality control in a gain structure), plus a mic volume and mute switch, and a headset volume level switch

http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=43372

Book Review about Webcasting and Streaming

For those thirsting on more detail and background information about Webcasting and Streaming, may I recommend the following titles:

Hands-On Guide To Webcasting, Internet Event and AV Production, Steve Mack & Dan Rayburn, Focal Press, ISBN-13: 978-0-240-80754-6, ISBN-10: 0-240-80754-5

This book is a requirement for the follow-up publication in second edition:

More Real-Time Audio Quality Problems? Use an Amplifier with Equalizer

Try using an Amplifier with an Equalizer (built-in one) to boost the energy of some of the audio bands. Many are like guitar amplifiers (with a MIDI input for instruments), but look for softwares that have a Microphone input, like this one:

Real-Time Audio Quality Problems? Use a Graphic Equalizer

Try using a Graphic Equalizer (a 7 or 10 band one) to boost the energy of some of the audio bands (freeware).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graphic_equalizer 

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