Free Audio Program

http://live.pirillo.com/ – Highspeedhomer asks “is there a good free audio mixing program?” There is, but it’s not free (it’s open source).

Audacity, the free, open source, Audio Mixer.

Audacity is a free, easy-to-use audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems. You can use Audacity to:

  • Record live audio.
  • Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs.
  • Edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, and WAV sound files.
  • Cut, copy, splice, and mix sounds together.
  • Change the speed or pitch of a recording.
  • And more! See the complete list of features.

SoundForge Audio Studio offers similar functionality to Audacity, but it’s not free.

Sound Forge Audio Studio software is everything you need to produce professional-quality audio on your home computer. No more renting expensive studio time to get the results you want! Record just about anything, edit and restore audio, burn your own CDs, create streaming media, and convert files with lightning speed all using drag-and-drop actions and simple commands such as cut, copy, and paste.

PNG vs JPG

http://live.pirillo.com/ – What’s better: PNG and JPG? The truth is that these formats actually serve two difference purposes. JPG caters to the photographic market, whereas PNG is generally considered to be a replacement for the patent-encumbered GIF format.

According to Webopedia, JPEG is:

Short for Joint Photographic Experts Group, the original name of the committee that wrote the standard. JPG is one of the image file formats supported on the Web. JPG is a lossy compression technique that is designed to compress color and grayscale continuous-tone images. The information that is discarded in the compression is information that the human eye cannot detect. JPG images support 16 million colors and are best suited for photographs and complex graphics.

And PNG:

Short for Portable Network Graphics, the third graphics standard supported by the Web. PNG was developed as a patent-free answer to the GIF format but is also an improvement on the GIF technique. An image in a lossless PNG file can be more compressed than a GIF file of the same image. PNG builds on the idea of transparency in GIF images and allows the control of the degree of transparency, known as opacity. Saving, restoring and re-saving a PNG image will not degrade its quality. PNG does not support animation like GIF does.

What is IRC?

http://live.pirillo.com/ – What is IRC? Internet Relay Chat (IRC) has been around for about as long as the Internet itself, and there are a plethora of clients you can use.

mIRC, a Windows IRC client, describes IRC as:

Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is one of the most popular and most interactive services on the Internet. Sure, the Web is nice for finding info and E-mail beats snailmail hands down, but when you’ve been wondering ‘where the others are?’, then IRC is what you’re looking for.

IRC is the net’s equivalent of CB radio. But unlike CB, Internet Relay Chat lets people all over the world participate in real-time conversations. IRC is where the Net comes alive!

Snak is a popular Mac client:

There are thousands of meeting rooms, each focused on a location or subject, so it’s easy to find a place where something interesting is being discussed. You can find rooms for computer related topics, your favorite sci-fi tv show, sports like soccer or ice hockey, current politics, local events in boston or kenya and everything in between.

In addition to chats in the meeting rooms, you can also have private, real-time talks with friends, family or business associates.

XChat is the ever-popular Linux chat client of choice:

XChat is an IRC chat program for both Linux and Windows. It allows you to join multiple IRC channels (chat rooms) at the same time, talk publicly, private one-on-one conversations etc. Even file transfers are possible.