My Final Post: How to record audio from a device using Audacity

Hey readers! I am sad to say that I am leaving GB7. Perhaps only for a few weeks, a few months or even a few years, but my Internet that I use now blocks sites like WordPress (Who hosts GB7) and Youtube, so I am unable to keep up with comments and such. I am happy to say that the comment issue seems to have been fixed! Our friends over at WordPress took a look and seemed to know what was going on. I am keeping my profile up on the About Us page and will keep my account active, if I am able to resume blogging. From now on, Brenden Reeves will be our webmaster. If you have questions related to the website, you will now need to direct those to him. I will probably be lurking about the blog at every chance I get, but I won’t be doing much else. I know what your thinking, “Ben, you started the blog, why is it you are the first to leave?” Well, things happen, I guess. Winking smile Keep on keeping on!

Now for the tutorial. I will be showing you how to record audio from a device such as a iPod or in my case, a Nintendo DSi. The device will need a headphone jack in order to do this. You will need:

I’m going to do this step-by-step, cause I like it that way. I can’t stand Kelly Clay’s posts on http://www.lockergnome.com/, she NEVER does step-by-step! Anyways….

  1. Start up the device and get to the file or menu with the audio you wish to record.
  2. Insert the line-in cord in the headphone jack of the device and in the microphone jack of your computer.
  3. Download and install Audacity by using the link above or by clicking here.
  4. Open Audacity and make sure the drop-menu to the right of the microphone icon on the second-to-last bar says “Primary sound capture”
  5. Click the large record button and start the media on the device. Wait until that finishes and stop recording by clicking the stop button.
  6. Trim the un-wanted parts by clicking and holding on the large window before the media and after and pressing delete.
  7. Go into File –> Export and save as a WAV, MP3, WMA or your desired format.

There you go! If you want, feel free to use some effects on the audio. I like the “Wahwah” effect. Audacity has tons of great tools for you to use on your music and audio, try them all out! Smile

This is Ben High, for his last blog post for awhile, signing off. Good bye, community! I hope to return to you soon, so stay tuned and try to act excited about iOS posts from Brenden. Winking smile

-Ben High

Ubuntu Tutorial: How to personalize Ubuntu–Part 1

Hey guys!

I did a review on Ubuntu about a month ago and promised a tutorial or two, so here’s one on how to personalize your Ubuntu Desktop! Of course, you will need to have installed Ubuntu or use it on a LiveCD. After you have booted into Ubuntu, continue reading!

1: Window ribbon style

Unlike Windows or Mac, Ubuntu lets you change the top bar style to fit your preferences! This is how you do it:

  1. Right-click on the desktop and click “Change Desktop Background”
  2. Click the “Theme”tab.
  3. You will be presented with a list of themes for you to use.

You can also use some other themes you find on the Internet to change it up a bit!

2: Window ribbon button position

This is a bit harder, but once you get the hang of it, it’s a piece of cake!

  1. On the desktop, press ALT+F2 and type “gconf–editor” in the box that appears. Click “Ok”.
  2. Navigate to apps—> Metacity –> General
  3. On the right, you will see a list. Navigate to “button_layout”

Now you can change the button layout. Check the help text below it for more info.

3: Templates

This had me stumped for so long. But, I have it down now! Here’s how you do it!

  1. Go into the Ubuntu Software Center and download and install Ubuntu Tweak.
  2. Open Ubuntu Tweak and navigate to “Manage Templates”
  3. On the right, move all of the items from the right of the screen to the left.

That’s how it’s done!

I’m going to go ahead and end this part of the tutorial right here, so thanks for reading and I’ll have a part 2 up pretty soon! Smile

-Ben

How to enable custom notifications in Windows Vista, 7 and 8

Something I like to do in Windows is enable my own custom notifications to tell me when I have something planned on that date. Sure, you could set an alarm, but this is so much cooler. What this does is makes a dialog box, opens a program or sends an email at a certain time or event.

NOTE: You must be logged in as an administrator or have the administrator password to preform these steps!

  1. Go into Control Panel –> System and Security –> Administrative tools
  2. From the list, double-click Task Scheduler and enter the password or click “Yes”
  3. After the program opens, click Create Basic Task.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions. It’s pretty easy to do now.

There you go! You now have your own custom notifications in Windows. Sure, you could set an alarm or even code a program to do this, but it’s easier to just follow these steps! Smile

-Ben

Happy New Years/How to block ads in Google Chrome

I hate ads. Do you have ads? If so, there is a handy little extension in Google Chrome that allows you to block advertisements on websites! Here’s how to do it:

  1. If you have not installed Google Chrome, do so.
  2. Go into the Google Chrome web store
  3. Go into the popular section. The extension “Adblock Plus” will be in there somewhere.
  4. Download and install it. The ads are gone!

There you are, the ads are gone! (Wait, I’ve said that twice, haven’t I?) It’s that simple!

WHAT ABOUT 2012?! YOU SAID YOU WOULD DO A HAPPY NEW YEARS!!!

Yeah, yeah, I’m getting to it. Chill out, man. Anyways, Happy New Years, everybody! Me and my new writer did a new years eve party! You missed the live event, but you can catch the recorded version here! After that, we freaked out and high-fived each other and everything! Anyways, Happy Geeky New Year, everyone! Smile 2012 will bring more posts and more fun with more writers!

-Ben

Python coding tutorials coming soon!

Hey readers! I am going to be hosting a Python coding tutorial series on Geeks soon! I will take you from making a small, command-line application to making a big networking program with a GUI and everything! It is going to be great, so don’t miss it! I expect to start it very soon, probably this Saturday (11-26-11)! Ok, probably not this Saturday… Thanksgiving party! By the way, happy late Thanksgiving to all my readers on Geeks and geeksblog7.wordpress.com! Hope you enjoyed your turkey, or if your doing what I am and having it on Saturday, enjoy it then! Smile Anyway, back to the tutorials! I will be working on them with Windows using Python 2.7 and I’ll have a link for where to get Python, the programs we’ll be making and some fonts you will need for the GUI codes, so don’t worry about having to go searching for them on your own! I’ll see you then! Oh, and just to let you know; if I start this Saturday, I will have them up on Monday. Thanks for reading!

-Ben (Sharpclaw)