"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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