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Linuxcare: Arne Flones: Computers Revived the Radio Star

Dec 22, 1999, 00:32 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Arne W. Flones)

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"Before computers there was radio. I have always been a radio junky. In the fifties, I was always messing around with radios. I built my own short wave receivers. At night I would lay in bed and listen to distant rock and roll, and to the world. Now it's public radio, the BBC World Service, and on Saturdays during the Winter months, the live Metropolitan Opera broadcast. Although my tastes have changed, I still haven't kicked the habit. In the immortal words of Stan Freberg, one of the most creative people of the last half of this century, who aptly demonstrated radio's power when he drained Lake Michigan and filled it with hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and a huge cherry, "Try that on television."

"I always have the radio going in my office, usually tuned to a public station out of LA. Often there will be something I want to record so that I can listen later. For instance, I'm not always home on Saturday to be able to tune into the Met broadcast. I used to have a fancy tape recorder, but that was long ago and far away. Fortunately, Linux can solve these problems without anything fancier than a sound card and some free software...."

"After a little research on Deja News and on the Linux Search site, I settled on the LAME as my MPEG encoder. LAME is not a complete encoder program, but a patch file to be applied to a standard MPEG demonstration program. According to reports, LAME is not as good as expensive, professional encoding software, but may be the best one can get for nothing."

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