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SeeMonkey.net is now live! (DIY Photo Booths)

Posted by james on Aug. 12, 2009

After a lot of hours and hard work, the new diy photobooth website www.seemonkey.net is finally up! SeeMonkey is a program that allows you to setup a photobooth at your own event (like a wedding). It lets guests take their own pictures without need for someone to watch over it. It takes 3 pictures and prints them out in photostrip style (just like the old-fashion photo booths). It immediately prints out two for each guest so they have one to take with them and one to leave in a guestbook.

SeeMonkey is very simple to operate, and literally only takes one button for normal use. It stores all photos so you can reprint pictures later on. To use it, you need a Windows laptop (sorry OSX users), one of the compatible Canon digital cameras, and a printer.

To learn more, visit the site at www.seemonkey.net. Also make sure to tell people you think might be interested.

Computer Tech Support manufacturer review roundup

Posted by james on Aug. 7, 2009

Laptop Mag test-called a bunch of different computer manufacturers to test how they answer simple questions. Just a couple questions each, but a good peek into how the different companies handle tech support.

The takeaway? Nothing new here...
1. Apple is #1
2. Lenovo is up there
3. Do not Dell

Did you read #3? Go and view their webpage with those tiny price and wonderfully colored laptops. Then read #3 again. Then go buy yourself a boring-colored square laptop for a bit more money, and enjoy not having to carve your eyes out with pointy objects in frustration (or at the very least, avoid a broken LCD monitor in our brand new laptop).

Audio mixers with true multi-channel usb/firewire interfaces

Posted by james on Aug. 4, 2009

I loved recording audio for bands, and it was always strange to me that the gear is so expensive. The key piece of equipment is the audio interface; basically a way to get more than 2 channels of audio into your computer at once. I've only ever seen USB mixers with 2-channels out to the computer (which defeats the purpose), or large firewire interfaces with 8 channels out but very expensive. However, I've finally found some that are in between.

The Alesis Multimix 8 USB, Multimix 8 Firewire, and Multimix 16 USB all offer full multi-channel outputs to the computer. They appear as 8, 8, and 16 separate inputs respectively (actually it's more like 10, 10, and 18... minor details). And they're not too bad, the Multimix 8 USB (not the USB 2.0 version) can be had used for around $150 or so. That's not bad for 4 mic preamps. And you could probably buy one, play around, then buy a second to get 8 mic preamps & 16 inputs total. I'm not sure if they place nice together, but it'd be interesting to try.

Finally, a real multi-channel usb/firewire mixer on the cheap. Now I wish I actually had a band or some other need for such cool equipment.


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