Audacity Update

Audacity has been updated to v1.2.3. Among several improvements, this update fixes “a major bug that caused Audacity to crash at seemingly-random times on Mac systems, especially during playback or recording.” Read the full release notes here.

Another GarageBand Creation: Skipping Class

After another hour of playing around with GarageBand, I have discovered its biggest limitation. I guess you can never have enough loops. There’s always a cadence or a transition that you just wish you could have. I suppose that’s the point at which you hook up your own instrument and record a quick part, but I don’t have time for that as of late. Well, enough of my chatter. Here’s another fun tune composed of a few audio and MIDI loops (with some minor changes made to the MIDI loops). Sorry about the sudden style changes. As I have stated above, I’m still trying to figure out a good way to cope with the lack of transitions out of over a thousand loops (yes, a thousand really isn’t much in this case).

Adium X and SubEthaEdit Updates

Adium X has been updated v0.72. The release notes are available here.

SubEthaEdit has been updated to v2.1

Version 2.1 adds some often requested features: A UNIX command line utility to enable complex and interactive pipe workflows with your terminal. Overhauled printing, including all bells and whistles, even with collaborative metadata. Exporting to HTML, again with metadata. Completely user customizable syntax highlighting through styles. Support for editing files as administrator. Improved AppleScript support to allow control of sharing features.

Repost: A Completely Secure System

If you’re in need of having a completely secure OS X system, or you’re installing a new Mac in an environment that needs an impenetrable computer, then look now further than the NSA’s very own (unclassified) Apple Mac OS X v10.3.x “Panther” Security Configuration Guide. This guide is more than enough for setting up a completely secure operating system.

For more information on setting your Open Firmware password, read Full Security. For more information on sending and receiving secure emails, read Secure Your Email.

Note: There is no such thing as a “completely secure system”, except for the one you use a paperweight or door-jam. These guides, however, will get you as close as possible to having a “completely secure system”.

Sarah’s GarageBand Creation

Following my attempt at creating a GarageBand creation, Sarah (my better half) has finished hers. Vortex Warped is a four minute piece composed of several audio loops in a complicated and creative way.

My First GarageBand Creation: Folk Fire

I stayed up late last night just because I wanted to try out GarageBand. Little did I know that I’d be sucked into its endless void of just pure fun. Working with GarageBand is being like a kid again. All you have to do is combine several loops of sound and attempt to create a song. Of course, you can also plug in any instrument to add parts to your creation. After just about an hour of work, I finally came out with something that I’m happy with for my first “creation”. It’s a two minute piece called Folk Fire that is composed of just a few audio loops and basically works off of layering parts.

Favored Freeware: GPGTools

GPGTools is a Mac OS X graphical interface to the GNU Privacy Guard (GPG) utility. It provides approximately the functionality of the old PGPtools, and is freeware.

Pros: It’s an easy to use GUI for MacGPG.

Cons: None significant.

The Fox Has Arrived

FireFox has finally made it to v1.0 and it’s faster and more stable than ever! To see everything that has been changed in order to make this milestone release a reality, start reading the “unofficial” change logs.

Note: This post was composed in FireFox v1.0.

A Completely Secure System

If you’re in need of having a completely secure OS X system, or you’re installing a new Mac in an environment that needs an impenetrable computer, then look now further than the NSA’s very own (unclassified) Apple Mac OS X v10.3.x “Panther” Security Configuration Guide. This guide is more than enough for setting up a completely secure operating system.

For more information on setting your Open Firmware password, read Full Security. For more information on sending and receiving secure emails, read Secure Your Email.