Recording Internet Radio – Podcasts – Media Players

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Just some quick information:

Last night I was at a dinner for Boca Raton Computer Society, Inc. (BRCS) and a couple of us started talking about recording internet radio broadcasts from Argentina, also during the discussion the idea of podcasts of the same shows, as well as media players, came up. Below is what I could find with some real quick searches on Google and Ask.com, for some free and or inexpensive solutions:

Recording internet radio links: (found at ask.com by searching for “how do i record internet radio broadcasts?”

http://radio.about.com/od/recordstreamingaudio/a/blrecordinghub.htm

http://www.cnet.com/1990-7899_1-6306524-1.html

Podcasts from Argentina:

I do not speak the language so I do not know how much this link to a search on ask.com will do, but give it a try:

http://www.ask.com/web?qsrc=2106&o=ffx&l=dir&q=how+do+i+find+podcasts+from+Argentina+radio+stations%3F&adt=0

Free Media Players:

VLC Media Player

Link to it’s site: http://www.videolan.org/

Gizmo’s Freeware Review (Media Players):

http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-windows-media-player-replacement.htm

These should get you started. Check them out and enjoy yourself.

A Free PDF Writer Tool

I needed a PDF virtual print driver for my Vista Home Premium personal laptop, so rather than just downloading the new version of PDF Creator, the tool I have used for years on my xp machines, I decided to see what else might be available.
During my research I came across the Best Free PDF Writer post at http://www.techsupportalert.com. After reading this post, I decided to try Bullzip PDF Printer, see http://www.bullzip.com/products/pdf/info.php for more information.
Some of the key features, according to the post, Last Update: Mon, 04/13/2009 – 15:24 — dave007, are quoted below:

Key features of Bullzip PDF Printer include:
The ability to password protect your pdf files (only PrimoPDF and PDFCreator also had this ability)
The ability use either 40 or 128 bit encryption on the file (only PDFCreator also had this ability)
The ability to add a watermark (PDF Creator had a limited ability to add watermarks)
The ability to append or prepend files (PrimoPDF and PDFCreator also had this ability)
The ability to choose different levels of output quality (All but CutePDF and TinyPDF had this ability)
The ability to add/change metadata (PrimoPDF and PDFCreator also had this ability)

So far I really like this, though I have not had time to really check out all the features.
If you are looking for a good free PDF writing tool, I suggest you check this one out.

Let me know what you think of it, should you decide to try it.

APCUG/FACUG Spring Conference 2009

I attended the conference this weekend, in Zephyrhills, Florida, and did not have adequate access to post as things went along, so here are a few highlights:

I am proud to announce that Boca Bits, the Boca Raton Computer Society, Inc. (BRCS) newsletter, took second place in the APCUG newsletter contest.

On Friday there was a dinner at Lupton’s BBQ Buffet, followed by a dessert gathering at the American Legion Post 118 in Zephyrhills. These were basically meet and greet functions, where I did meet some old friends from previous conferences as well as some new friends, some from outside of Florida.

The basic theme of the conference, Saturday and Sunday, was Social Networking, with sessions such as Virtual Worlds, Wikis, Ning, Twitter, and many more. Some sessions were recorded and can be viewed at Ustream.tv.

I wish to thank all the hard working APCUG and FACUG volunteers, the sponsors,and Lupton’s Catering, for a great conference, that gave me a lot of things to think about for use in both of the Computer Groups, in which I am involved, and personally as well.