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Ever wanted to create your own radio show? Podcasting is the answer. Record your own show from home. Its easy. This article gets you started.

Podcasting 101 - The Basics

Podcasting 101 - The BasicsPodcasting has the promise of letting anyone produce their own 'Home Grown Radio Show' and getting a huge international audience. Clearly its all about the quality and presentation of the content, which is why those that came from a background in broadcast radio are finding Podcasting to be easier to succeed in than most.But it doesn't mean that it should be hard for anyone with no background in radio or broadcasting to succeed as well. Its really about what you have to say and offer that makes all the difference.Now with that all said, a successful radio host typically always has an engineer nearby. They almost become the 'sidekicks' of the show and handle all the technical trickery of making sure the show works. But keep in mind that live radio is all about live reaction and spontaneity. Podcasting takes a lot of the pressure off the recording process because you have all the time in the world to put a great show together.It is, however, a double-edged sword. Sure you don't need to do 'live' recording. But most podcasters don't have an engineer handy either. They have to double both as the host and the engineer and for those that don't have a background in audio recording, it can be difficult. But its not impossible and too hard to master, as this article will explain.The process of recording your podcast involves recording your voice for dialog, inserting content (such as audio clips, music, advertising, intros, outtros, etc.) into the show and then producing it all up into one MP3 file that is ready for distribution. The distribution part of it is easy with hosts like CyberEars.com but the recording of the show is left up to you.So what do you need to get started? Typically the first thing is a decent computer. Not that you have to have the latest, greatest, fastest most powerful system on the planet. Any average home PC will be fine. But as you are going to be dealing with digital audio, keep in mind that it is often memory and hard disk hungry, so don't skimp on RAM or disk storage. I'd suggest having 1-2GB of RAM in your rig, and at least a 120GB hard drive handy. You won't use it all up initially. But as you start to collect your recordings, its best not to be running out of disk space. It'll just slow down your system and turn what should be an enjoyable experience in putting your podcast together into a chore.You'll need some recording software on the computer. There are free programs out there such as Audacity or you may also find that investing in a commercial program will pay dividends. I like Industrial Audio's ePodcast Creator because it makes the whole process work the way that a Podcast host would want it to work. Their software is available in different 'sizes' to suit the budget and feature needs of customers. Starting at under $100 you can have a program that will not only make the recording process simple, but will allow you real time insertion of audio clips, etc. while you are recording the show (just like how its done on radio) and a full editing suite afterwards to put the MP3 file together.OK, so we have the computer side of this under control. Now what about the recording part? Well there are plenty of good quality microphones out there that you can use. The problem, however, is that most computers have a low grade MIC IN connector that isn't going to be 'studio quality'. The sound cards that are installed in or on most PCs these days were never designed for professional recording, so you'll find quickly that the audio quality of recordings made directly into the computer is less than desirable. Most people will purchase a high grade microphone and some sort of audio interface designed for high fidelity recording. Those that don't do this have noticeably lower quality podcast recordings.We would recommend using one of the range of Alesis Podcasting Kits for this. Alesis have bundled all of these items together into kits that comprise of microphones & headphones, microphones, headphones and mixers, etc. to cater for the different needs of different hosts. If, for example, its just you doing the show, the basic Alesis Podcasting Kit product consisting of a microphone, headphone and audio interface (USB) will be fine. However if you intend on doing the show with a partner host, or frequently having guests on your show then you will likely need a mixing board to keep all levels of recordings consistent. Alesis have that covered to with their USB and Firewire Podcasting kits including a 8 or 12 channel mixing board. This might sound like some > $1000 purchase, but its not. Alesis Podcasting Kits start at under $100 for the basic kit, and typically don't exceed $500 for the top of the line system. They are available from most musical instrument retailers or online at places like Sweetwater Sound or Musicians Friend.As you start to dabble in the art of audio recording, you will encounter a bunch of dials, faders and buttons with strange names on them. Don't be alarmed. But be prepared. Visit your local book store, or Amazon.com to find any books on basic recording techniques and you should be well on your way to recording your podcast.Once you have all the source material recorded, then you need to 'produce' the show. This means simply putting all the audio clips, recordings and tracks together in such a way where it all flows together. A multi-track editing system such as Audacity is best here. You can overlap and transition from piece to piece to keep the recording lively and interesting for the listener. Then you simply mix (or bounce) it down to a stereo track for the final production.You are not quite out of the woods yet. The digital audio that you are recording is going to be huge in size. You need to compress it down so that its easily downloadable to an iPod or any other MP3 player. This process is called 'encoding' the audio, but it really means compressing it. The computer will do all the work for you here,but you need to tell it what format file you want. You will need a 44.1khz Sample Rate file (CD Quality). If your audio is more than 1 hour in length, you might want to consider releasing more shows of smaller sizes, or you can compress it even further. The more you compress, the lower the audio quality will be however. And you should always compress to a size that is evenly divisible by 11.025 khz. Why? Because players that will play it, particularly those on the Internet, expect it that way and if you don't they'll try and convert it to a sample rate they can handle normally meaning that your audio will end up sounding like the chipmunks.Once done, you will have a MP3 file. Then its time to login to your CyberEars.com account, Upload the audio and that's it. It will be automatically syndicated to all of your fans, and available for anyone browsing audio to hear it directly from the CyberEars.com site.Now this is a basic explanation of the journey from idea to recording that isn't rocket science. But you should expect to invest in some tools, gear and books to make sure you understand what is going on. There is so much material available on the Internet to read that you can't really go wrong. And don't be afraid to ask someone who knows more about this how to do things you don't understand. The podcasting community is just that - a community. Its all about free and open audio for everyone without a lot of radio stations limiting what content can be freely distributed.Enjoy!

Video Phones: A New Era Of Communication

Video Phones: A New Era Of Communication

A videophone can be defined as a telephone, which has a viewing screen and a built-in camera. The main advantage of a videophone is that you can talk and see with a person at the same time. It gives the impression that the person whom youre talking to is right in front of you. Videophones can also be used to make normal voice-only calls. There are many other uses of the videophones. For example, videophones are also used for the video conferencing. Videophones are also desirable because of its increasing commercial purposes.How To Use A VideophoneUsing a videophone is a cinch. A videophone looks just like a normal phone with camera and built-in screen. The only difference between a videophone and an ordinary voice phone is that the videophone is equipped with an integrated services digital network (ISDN) or digital phone line. A wide variety of video equipments is available now in the market. Videophones are more expensive than the normal phones because of the high technology integrated into these phones. The average cost of a videophone is around $1,000.Some telecommunications providers and cable companies offer ISDN services. Due to high availability of these services, anyone in the U.S. and the UK can install a videophone. Generally, an ISDN telephone line has two separate channels in order to provide high-quality pictures. Once you have an ISDN-equipped videophone, you can start making calls. The only problem in this system is expensive. Video calls cost almost double that of normal telephone calls. This service is also not available in some countries. According to the telecom companies, the call cost will be significantly cut in the near future.Use Of Videophones By Deaf PersonsVideophones are the result of recent advancements in the telecommunication field. This is a very useful medium of communication for people who are hearing impaired. Sign language can be used with this phone because of the good picture quality provided by most service providers. To do so, you are advised to sign slower than you usually would in a face-to-face conversation. Also, lip reading is difficult because of picture quality and a possible time delay between sound and picture.

How To Prevent Thieves From Stealing Your PDF Ebooks!

How To Prevent Thieves From Stealing Your PDF Ebooks!

There are 2 main options for protecting your PDF file:OPTION 1: Use Adobe Acrobat's basic protection.Adobe Acrobat allows you to set basic protection for your PDF document. This includes:* allow/disable the ability to copy text of document* allow/disable printing of file* allow/disable changing document* require password to open document (Yes their password protection was broken a few years back, but it's still adequate protection and will keep out most people.)Ideally, to use this option you should use Adobe Acrobat, however the high cost may put that out of reach of many. Fortunately, there are MANY, MANY inexpensive PDF creators that will allow you to also set some of these permissions.Such as:http://www.pdf995.comhttp://www.pdffactory.comhttp://www.deskpdf.comThere are also some standalone applications like: http://www.verypdf.com/encryptpdf/index.htmOverall, option 1 is what I call "static protection". Meaning, once you choose the security and then distribute the file, you cannot change the security for those files that are already distributed. For example, you distribute a file to Client A in December. In January, your relations with the client become strained and you no longer want them to have access to your file. Unfortunately, with static protection, you cannot change their access permissions. It is already "set".Though this option may allow you to prevent copying text within the file, it does NOT prevent a user from copying the entire file and redistributing it to others. Though it may allow you to require a password to access the file, the password can be easily passed around so anyone can have access. So it's not entirely secure and easily circumvented. If protection of your document is critical, you should boost protection using additional mechanisms.OPTION 2: Use a third party protection system.This option includes systems that offer "real time" control over your document. "Real time" means that you have the ability to change or alter the document security after it has been delivered to the end user. This is what I choose to focus on as it provides the greatest amount of security and post-distribution control.Some just offer basic lock and unlock ability, while others go into more extensive PDF settings that can be altered at any point. Here are some things you should be looking for when evaluating a PDF protection system.1. Does the system offer complete protection?This the first thing you should look at because if the protection is not up to par, move on! You will never even get to the other points.When evaluating protection features, make sure you check each feature out for yourself and don't always take the company's word about protection. Many times I have seen companies advertising certain protection features on their website, but in testing, the product doesn't seem to do what is claimed. So, always check first.For PDF files, there are some basic areas that any adequate system must protect against. In order to be totally protected, the PDF security system you use MUST:* Prevent saving a copy of file.* Prevent emailing of file and exporting or extracting pages from file* Prevent copying of file from the TEMP folder* Prevent copying file and text to the clipboard* Prevent redistilling of the file* Prevent unlimited, uncontrolled printing of file* Prevent access to file without permission* Watermark all printed pagesIf any system that you look into does not cover these, I recommend that you move on to something that does.2. Can you afford it?If the system passes the security test, the next thing you should look at is the cost of the system. Is it within your budget? Can you justify the price of this type of service? Do you buy the entire system and run it on your server, or is it a hosted service that charges you a monthly fee. There are pros and cons of both.If you run the system on your server then you will avoid monthly fees, but these types of systems usually require extensive programming and integration work which can increase your overall costs and take weeks to months before you get up and running.If you choose a third party system that is hosted by another company, you avoid the integration issue as most of these services can get you up and running in minutes to hours.3. Does the system offer auto-distribution?Does it automatically deliver your document to your customers and clients hands-free? If so, does it integrate with your payment system and/or shopping cart?4. Is the system flexible?The next thing you should look at is the flexibility. Does it allow you to tweak and modify the security options to fit your unique requirements? The ability to customize things such as program icons, customer download emails, thank you pages, etc. makes a big difference.5. Is there any customer support?What kind of support and help will you receive when you purchase the product or service? Is their any documentation of all features and uses? What good is having the best system if you don't know how to use it?6. Is the Company reliable? Does it protect my data?Is this company reliable? Do you feel that the the company will shut down, thus leaving your documents inaccessible and/or unprotected? Ask them what measures do they provide to ensure that your information remains protected in this event? Do they back up your data? If so, how often?7. Can you demo the system?Most companies offer a trial or demo period for free or a small fee. You should always try the system out to see it "in action". Set it up to do exactly what you are looking for and see if it works the way you need. Never sign up or purchase something that you have not yet tested.8. Other questions?Those are the major criteria, of course there are other things that you may want to consider such as:* What is their cancellation/refund policy? Do they require a contract or can you sign up for a month to month service?* Does their system use Acrobat Reader or another PDF viewer? If they use Acrobat Reader, do they have an Adobe DRM license which is required for all Acrobat reader security systems?* Does it allow you to contact your database of users/clients* Can you export your user databaseThere is a lot to consider when deciding on a PDF protection system. My advice is Do NOT rush into it. Because once you choose a system and start distributing files using that system, you are stuck with it.

Incoming And Outgoing Tour Operator Systems

Incoming And Outgoing Tour Operator Systems

To differentiate between tour operator and wholesale packages offered in the market today, it becomes imperative to focus on modules and features as well as your individual specific needs. The features that differentiate TOPAX Management from other competitive systems are: Generic B2B site for a complete on-line Internet booking system for travel agents and remote users, Broad Accounting module, Customer Information module - "Mini CRM" to handle customer contact information and to manage customer relations. Additional features include automatic queuing mechanism that allows users to manage and monitor the business flow, and Tour and Transfer Operation module (TTO) - manages collective PNRs tour services such as guide and vehicle assignments based on collective size, guide qualifications, vehicles availability, etc. including documentation and profit and lost. From sales activity to profitability analyses and reporting, TOPAX allows you to rapidly get to the information you need, helping you to make the right decisions that keep your business one step ahead of your competitors. Now you can optimize your distribution, find cost effective alternate choices and cut margins. Integrated data-mining tools provide you with the reliance to trace the performance of your business, strengthening your immediate command on operations and financing, and helping you to improve your business processes. Using the smart report generator, TOPAX collates detailed facts for yield management, and presents the data with graphical clarity that gives you total control over your business - right down to the single transaction level.The TOPAX software is loaded with customizable features and parameters that enable you to customize the application to your specific needs. Just select the required parameters and modules and youll be provided with a custom-built solution for the price of an off-the-shelf package. Using multi-level security, your partners can participate in your business activities, through various levels of authorization. Transactions always remain confidential, regardless of the number of operators using your system.TOPAX Management has been developed using the latest, scalable technologies that combine simplicity of use with advanced processing power and connectivity to keep you at the cutting edge of the travel technology revolution. The solution incorporates leading edge Web-based technologies and Windows-style application screens. A dependable integration of client/server architecture, a relational database and graphical user interface provide users with assurance that their mission-critical solutions will perform well in the information-intensive travel environment.TOPAX is a modular system that is scalable and cost-effective enough to fit any size of organization. Considered an all-encompassing application designed for companies in need of inbound and/or outbound tour operators platforms. It is a comprehensive platform that manages the entire business aspects of the tour operator operation, commercial, administration and activities. TOPAX is also the most value-added system on the market today. Whether domestic, regional or international, tour operators will find the TOPAX systems modules most essential for managing all phases of the business. This Tour Operator software can be used on an ASP model, where the user actually pays only low monthly fees. Formula Travel Solutions maintains the software on a central server location, and they use IBM reliable hardware. Internet access to the system is available for any authorized remote user, from anywhere, anytime, 24/7.

Walk of fame with MySpace Layouts

When you walk into a room and see hundred beautiful outfits, we will have difficulty in choosing the one that we like. If they are all designer wear and beautiful, and are our size, we might want to try them on before picking out one. This is because we want to make an impression when we walk into a party or event which will have people praising you on your choice of perfect dress. Or if you dont like any of them you might want to create one of your own. The same rules apply when you have an online profile and want to change your page. If your page is right now blank with nothing but your basic details, you should put in some color and logos or designs on it to liven it up. If you are not interested in writing anything about yourself, its ok, you can share with those you are comfortable with. But for now, make use of the MySpace Layouts and add flavor to your dull page. This will get more people to notice your page and come over to say so.There might be people who dont have time to go through pages of MySpace Layouts and so prefer to create their own Myspace Layouts. For them, there is the option of "Myspace Layouts" generator. The member can use pictures or patterns of their choice, and use the editor to churn a one of a kind Myspace Layouts. It becomes easy once you know what you want or what kind of a look you hope to bring out on your page. The Myspace Layouts has preset templates that you can choose and then put in your colors and designs into it. Or you can start from scratch and build Myspace Layouts, see which you like the most and use the Myspace Layouts.No doubt, there will be challenges while creating Myspace Layouts, but there are step by step guides to help you through it. You will simply have to follow the process to be shown your collection of Myspace Layouts. You can then preview them on a larger scale to see how they will appear, and if you are satisfied save them and use the code. For a person trying to promote their company, which could be into textiles, they might want to use different textures in the Myspace Layouts. This will reflect on their business when a visitor drops by and since the Myspace Backgrounds are pleasing to the eye, have them appreciating the same. The "Myspace Backgrounds" appeal to people of all age groups and there are some who are new to the internet but have taken to it like fish to water and for them the pre-made Myspace Backgrounds will give a general idea of what these Myspace Backgrounds are.

Remove Spyware Programs Review

In order to remove spyware from your pc you will need a program that can detect search and destroy those unwanted programs. Once you remove the spyware program you can feel safe and free to surf the net. Many spyware programs can disrupt the normal operation of your computer. Most spyware programs will slow your system down because it is taking the time to log each and every one of your keystrokes. This log is then programmed to be sent off to a some one else's computer. They will then review your keystrokes for passwords and personal information. This is done so that they can steal your credit cards numbers and use your personal information to their advantage. If you suspect you are infected the first thing you want to do is to "remove spyware" right away. There are some good programs out on the net that will do this. Some remove spyware programs can be evil and cause even more problems for you. Spyware is a problem and there is always some one with bad ethics writing the software so they can take advantage of you. It is very important to protect yourself against spyware before you get infected. Sometimes it is hard to remove them once they have been downloaded to your pc. Some remove spyware programs that are reputable can prevent spyware from being downloaded before it is to late. I have noticed that many sites that offer free services are infected with spyware and even more so adware. I will be discussing adware in another article. Your internet experience can be very fun and enjoyable if you have the right protection so that you can freely surf the internet knowing that you are protected. Make sure that if you do have a remove spyware protection program installed on your computer that you check for updates often. This is very important as new spyware programs are written all the time. The removal spyware programs are good at keeping up with the new ones.I have just tried out a new spyware program that works very well against the remove spyware battle. There are so many programs to choose from some good and even some very bad. I tend to stay with one that I know works the best.Please visit some of my sites Spyware Removal Software and Remove Spyware

Summary

Ever wanted to create your own radio show? Podcasting is the answer. Record your own show from home. Its easy. This article gets you started.