Eight Bucks Worth of Advice

Not very happy today. I went to the doctor and it turns out I have infected sinuses. In addition to that I went to the music shop to try to return an audio cord that was faulty. In addition to that I thought I had found a solution to record Skype which worked yesterday and does not work today! In addition to that I had a weird thing on my back biopsied cause the doctor was concerned it might be something "nasty". In addition to that my Line Out on the computer is stuffed.

So I feel like crap. The doctor put me onto some antibiotics to clear up the infected sinuses. Still copious volumes of what can only be described as primordial ooze continues to inhabit my sinuses which refuses to budge. This in turn is causing a headache from hell that is immune to paracetamol. I sincerely hope that it improves by tomorrow. The results on the suspicious thing is pending pathology.

So today I went looking for some digital speakers (I have SPDIF on the sound card as well) and I check the shop that I got my audio gear from. They like every other shop in Cairns does not have Digital Speakers. The guy in the shop did suggest a couple of things I could do to fix the plug in the computer. But while I was there I tried to return a cable.

When I bought my mixer, a Behringer UB 1002FX, I also bought a stereo to RCA cable. When I got it home I noticed that where the two cables can be pulled apart to reach connections the insulation had split. So I took it back to the place that I got it from and showed him what had happened. When I got this cable there were none on the shelf but the guy that served me managed to find a used one out the back that he gave me a 10% discount on. So today this other guy in the shop says:

"… ahhh well we probably sold you that cable with a discount to boot"

So I guess that means that because I got it at a discount it is okay that it is faulty, which is pretty much what I said to him. He then said that even though the wires were showing the cable would work fine. So I guess that means that it is okay that it is faulty because it still works… So then I said that I thought he should take it back and give me a refund due to the fact that the product was not right and that it was not acceptable. I also said that I was actually charged about full price for it. To that he dropped the clanger:

"Well I reckon that you have had about eight bucks of advice this afternoon"

I just walked out. What a wanker. This is no way at all to treat a customer, at least one that you want to come back. I was so shocked at this reply. I will never return to that shop. I am not going to spend any more time blogging about a looser.

So the other thing that I have been doing is trying to find a better way of recording Skype. So I had this brainwave yesterday. I will have to do this in point form:

  1. Connect the speaker out on the computer to the mixer CD/TAPE in.
  2. Connect the headphones to the PHONES socket (so I can hear everything)
  3. Press the CD/TAPE TO MIX button

Without pressing the CD/TAPE TO MIX button I can hear the other person and myself by turning up the volume on the mixer for the phones. But I have to press the "TO MIX" button to record both people in the conversation.

This indeed works, by recording the audio in Audacity. Well it worked yesterday. Today for no apparent reason the other person can hear themselves like you can when you select the stereo mix button. This makes no sense at all. As far as the computer is concerned all the audio is coming from the mixer to the line in as one signal. But for some reason I am getting a stereo mix as the result. Yesterday on the other hand it worked, perfectly. I have no idea why it worked yesterday and not today.

Back to Hot Recorder. And my infected sinuses and a buggered socket on the computer and a computer that acts as it computers do. Without logic that is, so condition normal.

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Global Geek Podcast 004 is Out Now: Go Get Some Geek

Well I am very happy with the end result of the published podcast. If you have not listened to it before now then please give it a go.

I was very, very peeved that I initially lost two and a half hours worth of editing work. I am not sure what I did in Audacity but I think in blaming myself I am blaming the right person and "thing". So tonight I sat down and started again, from the beginning. Now I am very pleased to be finished. I had a lot of editing and splicing of tracks to do in this one, which was a challenge but well rewarded in the end product. I am leaning heaps as I go.

The one thing that I was absolutely stoked about was the fact that the audio levels were spot on, I had to do very little stuffing around using the compressor. I did normalize the final edit and amplify it and that's it. Setting our levels is always tricky with the methods that we are employing to record as I might have said before. But the attention to detail has been worth it.

One thing that has irritated me is the fact that when I uploaded the podcast tonight the LibSyn player in the top right of the page did not update! So please if you listen to it using this method please either download it, or click the symbol next to the post with "POD" on it. Alternatively the widget here has been updated so that you can listen to it from here! I have shot off an email to LibSyn and await a response from them. I do know though that over the last couple of days they have been working on their servers so this might be the reason. Also because of this, if you can not connect to the website please try in an hour, as LibSyn believe that this is the only length of down-time to expect.

Other than that, enjoy the show! 

Global Geek Podcast 003 is OUT NOW!

I just finished editing and uploading the Global Geek Podcast, check it out and have a listen.

Sebastian and I are still trying to find our feet with the whole thing. For me this has been difficult as I have higher expectations of myself than I should. But I am happy with the show and I hope that you like it. I am finding the editing challenging but as you can see I am getting them out without too much difficulty.

I will be happier when we can find a better recording solution. The most frustrating thing is that we do a test and to us our audio sounds great. But then in comes the record. The recorded file has some problems. That said; the podcast is not bad quality. Rather there are small issues that affect quality that I have no control over. The issues that are apparent to us are not there "live" but are added in the recording. But hey we are doing our best and I am sure that Skype will come good with the record… eventually. The other thing is that I have heard podasts with shocking quality in comparison to ours, so I suppose we are OK. It is just frustrating.

So there goes another one, we are looking forward to the next and are learning all the time. Having fun as well 🙂

Hey we still need a logo, so please if you are a budding artist then send us any suggestions!

I’m Sure There are More Hoops & The Co-Host

Well a bit of an update. I am convinced that there are going to be a few more hoops to jump through getting this podcast going. I/we are nearly finished the stuff that is required for us to do our first podcast. So far we have:

  • Thought of a name
  • Sorted out recording Skype calls (we think – I think this might be another hoop!)
  • Registered the domains that we want to use
  • Set-up the feedback email at the domain – and we both get the emails… cool
  • Semi-finalized the show format for each week

I am sure I have forgotten something… but I guess that will come to me. One of the last things that we have to do is to set up the hosting. I have decided that it will be hosted on Liberated Syndication which provide a good bang for buck ratio. And it takes out of the equation another headache; that of setting up a web-page and the syndication RSS feeds. I was not looking forward to that; although I did research it a bit… and got confused.

He doesn’t know this but we talked about it today. So I wanted to let you all know that my co-host is going to be Sebastian Prooth. He is currently doing his own podcast called From The Directors Chair. His experience in this little venture will be appreciated, you will have to listen to the first show to find out how it all came about. But until that happens have a listen to Sebastian’s podcast which is “about the media and the technology that makes it all happen”. Also visit his blog and say hello, nice guy; funny accent – see if you can pick it.

Next blog I do I hope to talk about a conversation I had with someone about the new web2.0 era and what they think about the whole thing and the future. We disagree on some points, but hey you would expect that from The Rooster…