Michael Maclean
Wednesday, February 02, 2005
Argh. My iBook has decided to give me problems. It'll run fine for most of about 5 minutes, then the display will go blank (though the backlight is still on), and any audio stops too suggesting the machine itself has frozen. I ran Apple's hardware test CD but it also froze with some odd stripes down the display suggesting the logic board problem that has affected a lot of machines since the G3s. Damn. Even more annoying, it would crash in Firewire target disk mode, where you start the machine up as a big Firewire hard drive, so I wasn't able to get my files off as easily as I'd have liked.

Also been reading a couple of things about how people do podcasts. Both the articles I've seen so far (here and here) have been ridiculously overcomplicated using loads of different applications cobbled together. Why don't they use something like Audacity to do it for free? It's got noise filters to get rid of the hum that built-in mics tend to have and other random background noises, it can do EQ to make things sound a bit better, it can convert to MP3, it's not Mac-specific either. GarageBand is good at what it does but it's daft to use it for something as basic as a podcast. I can see using Audio Hijack Pro being good if you want to use Skype for a conversation though. I have Audacity and my iBook (when it returns) has a built-in mic, as do a lot of machines these days. Or, if I wanted to do overkill, I'd get my Tascam US-122 and my Shure SM57 out. I'm not likely to ever do a podcast but if I did that'd be what I'd use.
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