Archive for February, 2009

Some time ago, I purchased a shareware program for my windows xp laptop. It was called “Goldwave”. Later, I had a hard drive failure on the laptop and didn”t know where my registration key was for the Goldwave software when I installed it again. I wrote to Goldwave, they researched it and emailed me the key.

Unfortunately, the application has to be re-installed again and the key information is not on any of my running computers.

Pride — I really don’t want to write Goldwave again. By doing so, I am admitting how sloppy my record keeping really is.

Punishment — Either write Goldwave or search all available hard drives ( usb external or hard drives on the shelf ) for any reference to either the key or the email.

It is a slow process.

Perserverance —

I can’t believe I found it!

It was 3 years ago when I asked Goldwave for the registration key. Two years ago, I switched email providers and email client programs. Major renovations in my computer system followed, including the elimination of windows xp on my normal desktop pc.

Backups are wonderful!

Before the last major change to my desktop, I backed up my windows xp drive to an external hard drive – a complete image of that drive! Thank goodness for backups. Burried deep in the image was old email files that were used with a previous email provider.

It really pays to:
1.save all emails ( incoming & outgoing )
2.backup up your drives
3.have secondary backups ( completely external from your location )

Coming soon – 10 plus online tools to save the day.

While I was never a Boy Scout, I was a cub scout. I guess I learned to be prepared while in the Cub Scouts.

Recently, our church had a revival. It started with two sermons on Saturday night, three on Sunday, and one each on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights.

As the “official” sound ( pa system ) person for the church, I was asked to record each sermon for distribution on CD.

Our Sound room is equipped with a tower computer and a firewire connection to a multi-channel mixer. Getting a digitized recording was not a problem. My main concern is some sort of failure whether mechanical, electrical or human might prevent me getting a recording of all the sermons.

I devised a plan.

My main recording would be on the computer. My secondary recording would be on a cassette deck with audio fed from the mixer to the deck and a third recording would be on my Sony digital 8 camcorder with audio fed from the mixer through a special interface that I designed that reduced the mixer level down to microphone level. All equipment, except the camcorder which had it’s own battery, was attached to a small UPS.

The results were:

  • Main recording was not hampered. Complete recording of all the sermons
  • Tape deck recording was only hampered by the speaker going past the length of the tape, twice.
  • Video recording was very good except one where human failure entered and I lost the first couple of minutes of the sermon.

Now to burn about 200 cds of the sermons.