May 5, 2008
If you ever work with live concert recordings, or various “audiophile” audio, you’ve probably run across the lossless audio format “FLAC”. Apple of course has their own lossless format, “Apple Lossless”, but I’ve been frustrated that there’s been no good way to get from one to the other on OS X. The various applications I’ve tried have been unstable, or demos of a much more expensive package.
Fortunately, now there’s AudialHub — made by Techspansion, the same people who make the awesome VisualHub — the swiss army knife of video format conversion for the Mac.
AudialHub will convert from or to FLAC, Apple Lossless, WMA (Windows Media Audio), 3G (Cellphone Audio), AAC, Ogg Vorbis or MP3 — pretty much everything I’ve ever needed to deal with. It can also burn audio or MP3 CDs.
April 3, 2008
Public access to Wi-Fi is getting better. In some places. There’s always Starbucks, but it isn’t exactly free, and it still is possible (but getting rarer) to find yourself more than 300 feet from one.
Still, even when it’s nearby doesn’t mean it’s convenient. I really wanted to stream video from SXSW a few weeks ago from my Nokia N95, but even if I found a hotspot, there was no easy way to navigate the login page.
Likewise the Eye-Fi card in my camera. I can log my iPhone into a hotspot, but it’s a pain in the butt.