New Version of Audacity Released

One of my most indispensable applications is Audacity, the free and open source audio editor. I use it practically every single day and it has replaced a number of other applications that were purchased for hundreds of dollars. It is rock solid stable and runs on all of the operating systems that use, including Windows, […]

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Sites We Like – Cool Tools

I love the Internet. There are so many great websites out there that are full of great information. On a side note, there are also websites that are not so useful, such as Petentials, the Internet for pets, but that’s a post for another time. I recently came across a site called Cool Tools, which […]

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Podcasts: Some of Richard’s Favorites

Every weekend, I travel to another city for church ministry. I have 2.5+ hours each way of driving. I usually listen to some of my favorite podcasts. Since my two vocations and passions are church ministry and computer technology, naturally those are the podcasts I seek out. Here are a few of my current favorites:

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Podcasts: Ways to Listen

Podcasts are audio broadcasts available for download off the internet we talked about yesterday. Now look at a few ways you can listen to these broadcasts. First, we need to realize that podcasts are really only audio files in MP3 format. Listen on your computer: Many websites allow you to click on an icon of […]

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Podcasts: A New Way to Learn

All geeks and many other computer using humans have heard of podcasts and podcasting by now. You can read the technical details by going to Wikipedia. Here is my short take on the subject. A podcast is like a radio talk show without a radio being involved. Each is an audio recording made available for […]

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Change Tempo in Audacity

Audacity offers many great tools for editing audio files. We use Audacity, which is a free and open-source tool, over a number of other apps that we paid good money for. One of the major things that we use it for is to convert audio cassettes onto CDs. Unfortunately, a 90-minute tape will not fit […]


The “Blue Screen of Death” in Windows

Microsoft Windows users have all encountered the “Blue Screen of Death” from time to time. Usually, restarting the computer eliminates the problem. However, there are times when there is actually a software or hardware problem which will cause the problem to keep repeating until the cause is taken care of. While this article is not […]

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Audacity Tutorial #4 – Truncate Silence

There are a lot of times when working with audio that you may wish to shorten the final product in a way that does not change how the audio sounds. I often transfer audio from a 90-minute cassette and need to get it to fit on an 80-minute CD. In other cases, I want to […]


Audacity Tutorial #3 – Stereo to Mono

I often work with audio that is spoken word rather than music. I always capture this audio in stereo (2 channels) as one channel is often louder than the other. However, I want my finished product to be in mono (1 channel) because the file size is roughly half that of a stereo file and […]


Audacity Tutorial #2: Timer Recording

One of the great new features of the Audacity 1.3.2 Beta is the Timer Record functionality that they have added. This feature allows you to do a couple of things with a timer. You can either set a recoding to start at a pre-arranged time or you can start a recording and have it run […]


Audacity Tutorial #1: Capturing Audio

This is the first in a series of tutorials on how to use Audacity and its great set of features. Audacity is free, open source software for working with audio which we featured in an earlier article. This tutorial is aimed at showing users how to capture audio from an external device, in this case, […]


Picasa Tutorial – Sepia Effect

This is a short tutorial on how to apply the sepia special effect to your digital photos. The sepia effect is the addition of a brown tone to an image that gives it an “aged” look. It is a neat effect and Picasa can accomplish it in just a few steps. In this tutorial, I […]

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