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How to record calls over Skype

evaer video record on skype

When it comes to finding softwares for making online video/audio calls with reasonable voice quality and no cost to anywhere around the world, there isn’t any other software application which nears the monopoly that Skype enjoys. Regardless of what operating system you have installed on your computer, Skype is compatible with all of them and is used equally by their respective users everywhere in the world. With such extensive usage and hence the wide variety of circumstances in which its used, there often occurs a need to record the calls, and as Skype doesn’t provide call recording services itself, it allows access to some third party applications to do the job.

There are a number of Softwares in market developed exclusively to satisfy the said purpose, among which a tool called Evaer seems to tender the most useful and customizable features with a fairly simple UI.

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Raspberry Pi – Computer for the Internet of Things Age

Raspberry Pi

In an era of mobile computing, Internet of things and collapsing PC sales, one computer keeps surprising its competitors by outselling many established brands. Raspberry Pi, is a credit card sized single board minuscule computer which has sold well over 2 million in its first 20 months of launch and still going strong.

The devices are loved by not only computer geeks who are building amazing products out of it, but are also found on college campuses, school labs, home automation and even powering websites and supercomputers of sort out there. It seems only our imagination is the limit.

Google itself donated over 15,000 of these devices to UK schools for kids to play and learn computing. And has also open source developed software development kit for children to learn programming.

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Linux Mint 17 Released

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The new Linux Mint 17, Qiana, was finally released on Friday May 16. It offers many improvements over its predecessor, Mint 16. The good thing about the latest version is that it is based on Ubuntu 14.04 which is Long Term Release (LTS) version, hence, updates and patches will be supported up till 2019. Which is probably longer than the life of your computer on which you install it.

Linux Mint 17 features MATE 1.8, MDM 1.6, a Linux kernel 3.13 and an Ubuntu 14.04 package base.

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Some of the improvements included in the new release are:

  • Offline Driver Installation Support: Drivers Installation does not always need internet. As at times we do not have internet or the drivers for wifi are not natively supported. We can always update the drivers offline through CD/DVD or USB stick.
  • LTS Support: Support Drivers and updates till 2019.
  • Update Manager: Improved UI including updated icons and information displayed. It loads faster as it no longer checks for internet, or locks up because of APT cache session. The update manager, also logs all types of updates (even system) which is great.
  • Login / MDM Improvements: Multi-monitor support is improved. Support now available to Log into the system using a username not listed on Login Screen.
  • Language Settings: Vast improvement over the previous Language Support menu. Easy to add new languages and apply them system wide.
  • Linux Mate 1.8: This is the newer version of Mate that is supported in Mint 17. It is lighter and faster than the previous version and has many minor iterative improvements making the overall experience better.

It is available in both 64bit and 32bit versions for all major hardware. It can be downloaded from their website here.


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Reviewed: Linux Mint 16

linuxMint-Desktop

Linux Mint is one of the most popular Linux distributions currently out there. Distrowatch website ranks them as #1 and Mint’s own webpage gives itself a rank of 4. There are hardware vendors providing specialized boxes running it like our previously reviewed Mintbox. So what makes it so wonderful and popular? We decided to review the latest available edition 16.

Linux Mint is yet another derivative of Ubuntu Linux, which means, all Ubuntu (and Debian) software technically should work without modifications on Mint, including system updates. Which is great.

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LibreOffice 4 Review

LibreOffice 4

LibreOffice has been around for over two years and finally we have a new version which fully branches itself away from its OpenOffice roots.

I must say, the software looks cleaner, faster and amazingingly simple to use. There are no confusing menus rather a simple interface, and all the goodies we want right in the front.

This release has very few cosmetic/UI updates but really a major core rewrite of the whole software application suite. Originally, it was a derivative of Openoffice sharing many million lines of code. But most of it has been rewritten from scratch and rethought by some 500 developers worldwide to improve and optimize the whole software experience. Truly a global open source collaborative effort.

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Pear Linux 6.1 – Review

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One of the biggest draw backs of Linux adoptions for home users is that it looks so clunky and fearfully difficult to use. Pear Linux is one promising distro that is out to change that perception. And so far, it is doing an outstanding job.

A derivative of Ubuntu Linux with firm Debian roots, it has one of the most strikingly clean and simple interfaces out there. Taking inspiration (and sometimes stealing outright) from Apple’s MacOS X, it has made it simple enough for an average Joe to adopt it as his defacto desktop.

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Your Media in Plex Heaven

Plex Media Server

Living in the digital & information age also means its an age of “Information Glut”. Our brain at times is overwhelmed by the amount of information it encounters in a day. We struggle to remember it, retrieve it and even share it with our family and friends. And it is even worse on a computer. Some of the videos we shot ages ago are collecting dust in some old hard drive that wont even connect to modern computers. All this data and digital information needs to be rescued and viewed as it was originally destined.

Well, if that media is videos, music or photos you are in luck. Plex not only indexes that information for you but serves it up in a nice VIP Deluxe package that you can access on the go from any device that you may own. Welcome to Plex Media Server.

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Installing Ubuntu within MacOS X

Virtualbox

Many of us have wanted to try and install Linux but cannot part ways with our Windows or Mac OSX. Sometimes, we are not sure if it is worth the switch or if we will ever be comfortable in the new alien environment. But, there are alternatives to this. We can still run Ubuntu and other Linux within our Windows or Mac without needing to uninstall either. Yes, we can actually run Windows and Linux simultaneously using a simple and small software application called Virtualbox.

Of Course, such a solution works great on a fast computer with lots of memory and hard disk space. We recommend at least an Intel’s Core2Duo computer running 4GB of RAM. If you do it in anything less, you might run into performance issues.

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Fedora 18 Review

Fedora Project

Fedora 18 much anticipated and delayed release is finally here. And it is worth its wait. There are numerous new features incorporated into the opensource linux operating system including (but not limited to):

  1. Installation is now done through a much improved Anaconda which has been rewritten from scratch.
  2. It supports UEFI Secure Boot. The defacto standard for Microsoft Certified Windows 8 PCs. Hence, it can now run on the latest hardware without any hassels.
  3. Ships with SAMBA 4. The latest version that has support for opensource ACTIVE DIRECTORY built in
  4. Programming languages including Perl, Python, Ruby have also been upgraded to the latest release
  5. MATE desktop environment. It is worth looking at as an alternative to GNOME.
  6. Lots of server based goodies including better NAS & SAN management, private cloud through Eucalyptus, and better multi-ethernet management
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Perl Mirror.pl Script

Mirror Mirror
Sometimes, when you need to get somethings done, the most simple of the scripts can do the job much better than hefty softwares out there.

I like to keep a mirror of laptop hard disk on a portable hard disk for safe keeping and also while traveling. And there is a perfect script to do just that
I do not need to carry a bulky hardware with me and when I do need a file, I simply plug my drive into a Netbook and see replica of what I have on my main computer in the drive.
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