DIY Free Skype video call recorder for OS X El Capitan


In a previous post I wrote about getting Soundflower to work with El Capitan. Here, I want to outline how you can use it to enable complete Skype video call recording – including both side of the conversation as well as the video. There’s lots of information around about recording the OTHER side of the video chat, but less about both sides. There use to be a Soundflower add-on called Flowerbed that facilitated this but is has now ceased development. There are also an amazing number of apps you can buy – some for $70-$80 that will do it for you too! Let’s do it for free ๐Ÿ˜€

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WordPress 2.0 Installed and working!


Well, I finally got around to it today, and ‘upgraded’ my main blog to WordPress 2.0 as I had planned.

It is the first time I had tried anything like this so I did it with some trepidation! initially I tried it on a development/trial site, then went for the live version.
The steps I took are listed below.

Quick version : downloaded and unzipped WordPress 2.0, changed the wp-config.php to point correctly and up-loaded all the files. Ran the upgrade script.

Longer version:

    Backed up my MySql wordpress file and my .htaccess file
    Deactivated all the plug-ins
    COPIED the details from my wp-config.php file
    Download WordPress 2.0 from here and unzipped it locally
    Updated WP 2.0 ‘s wp-config.php with the database name, user name and password I had copied.
    Uploaded the files & directories using FileZilla, to the correct directory (root in my case) and allowed the new files to replace pre-existing files of the same name.
    Ran the upgrade script in the wp-admin directory.
    Had a gin and tonic to celebrate……

It really was that simple. I admit I then deleted some redundant files/directories that had been relocated in WordPress 2.0; but that was easy. I also added a line to my .htaccess that I needed from before.

Reactivating the plugins waited until I had checked them against the “official list” of known compatibilities. I only had one that failed the list and it was redundant given the new features of WP 2.0 . (I think that list is official anyway ๐Ÿ™‚ )

BTW – there is no doubt that some of the best guides to wordpress issues are written and available at Podz wordpress guides, and there is a great one on upgrading to WP 2.0 here too.

So – off and running. Will Blog the changes I notice, likes and dislikes as I come across ’em.

Let me know what you have done, the problems – if any. ๐Ÿ˜€

The Internet Cognoscenti – what are you up to?


Well, as I’ve said before I have recently returned to the fold and started re-investigating the ‘net.

After several weeks of looking, trying, learning, being confused and experiencing sudden enlightenment (!), I have come to these conclusions about the way the well-informed, net savvy person is using their Internet!

Firstly, you have your own domain name. Preferably a “vanity” one that is immediately identifiable! Smith.com has more cache than albertsmith.com and far more than albertFsmith.net! At the very least, this allows you to have a persistent email address despite changing ISPs over time. Make sure you have bought a 5 or 9 year lease on the name. Quite possibly you have also bought domains for your family, relatives, and acquaintances.
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Coming to terms with it all. -RSS


Well, its been a steep learning curve. I mean – What is RSS all about?

RSS feeds are novel for me, but I have installed Feed demon (trial), got a Newsgator account and subscribed, subscribed, subscribed. I must admit it is fascinating to see where things are up to now-days.

I also note that google has now opened a Google-reader – jumping on the band-wagon – its a sign of the times.

Content delivered to your desk BUT you get to choose the content! It even includes Podcasts! I think I like this system.

Certainly I will want my blog/site to have RSS capabilities, just as this one does!

By the way, I gather from Newsgator, that they will be integrating their online services with FeedDemon – allowing you to synchronise your casts between the two – and now they have acquired a Mac client too, so that makes it even more useful for the multiple platform family!

Yep – RSS – a new (?) way to receive content that I want.

Firefox at last


O.K. I give up – I am now officially Firefox ‘ed. After avoiding it for so long I agree its preferable to IE. More secure BUT especially – I LOVE tabbed browsing! WHY has it taken so long to make it to the “mainstream” ? I gather Microsoft is going to introduce it in IE7 too. Anyway – better late than never.


Where am I heading?


Where am I heading? Well โ€“ I want my own place in the Blogsphere โ€“ and this isnโ€™t it! I love to tinker and โ€œget under the hoodโ€? of things and Blogger does not have the degree of customisation that I really want. I am also considering some form of content management system that I can migrate my website Diving the Blue to โ€“ and it would be great to have one platform do both. So:

  • Blogging
  • Photo albums
  • Customisation of appearance
  • rss feeds
  • trackbacks
  • comments
  • spam control
  • good categorisation of posts
  • easy theme/appearance changes
  • permalinks
  • Cheap/free

Are all a priority. any other suggestions?