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Voxer; I’ve been missing out!

So, my friend has been ranting about Voxer for some time, and I haven’t ever really gave it a shot. Not sure why, just never did. Well, now that I have, I hope I never have to send a text again.

I hate texting…yes…and just on the phone. Typing on those damn small keyboards are just so hard to do, even with Swipe! But, with Voxer I can have an at-my-own-pace conversation with someone with time to think in between exchanges! It’s the beauty of text without the thumb workout.

Anyways, I recommend you give it a try; it’s awesome!

What is Voxer?

Okay, so you probably don’t even know what it is. What Voxer is- is a way to send messages to your contacts in the form of audio. What you’ll do is one of two things: 1) you will have Voxer open with a friend and hold down a button a talk (walkie-talkie style) and it sends as you speak, your friend will be hearing what you say, no send, just talk. If you don’t close out your friend will vox you back and you will hear him/her as they talk right back. Think walkie-talkie. Or, 2) you will close out your app and get a notification that someone voxed you and you can click on it and see what they said and start voxing them back, all with your voice!

Check out Voxer

Getting Skype to work in Ubuntu 9.10 on Acer Aspire One; Pulseaudio

My girlfriend needs to use Skype for an interview this week, so I took this as a opportunity to see if Skype worked on Ubuntu 9.10.Well, let’s just say it didn’t. But, good news, I got it to work beautifully.

I Google’d the problem and arrived at bug #433055:

The internal mic works fine with 9.04. There is no sound now with 9.10 and any level of amplification. – 9.10 Internal Microphone Does not Work on Aspire One

Pulseaudio Device Chooser Tray Icon, Volume Control GUI &  Un-lock Graphic Icon

Pulseaudio Device Chooser Tray Icon, Volume Control GUI & Un-lock Graphic Icon

Upon reading the details, I tried a number of the solutions which didn’t work. Also, note that sound recorder was working for me prior to using Skype since I used the multimedia selector to select OSS sound driver. But, I changed it all back to Pulseaudio before trying the solutions.

Finally, I reached a solution that worked:

I have found that installing pavucontrol and then using that to unlock and set the input levels from the internal microphone so that one channel is maxed and the other zeroed allows the internal mic to work with Skype! Nothing ever plugged in to the mic socket. I read this suggestion somewhere else, but I’ve lost my record of where. It’s an AOA-150 (ZG5). – Ibid., Steve Jackson, 2009-11-27

The responses to this looked like:

that’s it! Unlocking the two mic channels in pulseaudio’s volume control input devices and setting one of the two mic channels to 0% works around this bug in pulseaudio! I can now see the mic level bar in the volume control follow closely the volume meter (recording) level bar, and arecord and skype are now receiving the expected signal from the internal mic. Re-locking the two mic channels together makes pulseaudio lose the mic signal again, so the problem is likely in how pulseaudio is handling these two mic channels together. – Ibid., Marcus Granado, 2009-11-27

The sliding of both bars implied.

The sliding of both bars implied.

So I installed padevchooser:
sudo apt-get install padevchooser

After installing padevchooser I was able to use the GUI to unlock “the two mic channels in pulseaudio’s volume control.” To start the application it was under: Applications -> Sounds & Video -> Pulseaudio Device Chooser. Then, in the GUI, I went to the tray icon and went to Volume Control, then the tab Input Devices. I had to hit the lock graphic icon to let me slide one bar to the left (to 0%) and the other to the right (100%).

Fish Out of Water

Audrey

Audrey

Since we are on the subject of music these days, I wrote a song around the time I wrote these songs called Fish Out of Water. Well, my good friend Adrianna Gallegos and I recorded a rendition of it about six months ago.

We hypothetically called our “band” Audrey, which ironically is her middle name. Here it is (she’s singing by the way, not me. Whew, right?).

You can also watch a Flash Version (flv) or a Quicktime Version (mov).