Its always hard when you put in a lot of effort in doing something but it doesn’t work out well. In that event, the one consolation you have is that you did give it your best shot but it wasn’t meant to be.
I was playing around with Meebo recently as part of prep for an interview, when I came across this cool product they have called meebome. You can see the widget active on the right side of my blog page in fact.
The reason for this post? A couple of audio calls I had recorded on my mobile phone for a report we were doing. However, when I transferred them to my laptop to transcribe them, I realised that they are all recorded in the *.amr file format. This is apparently a standard for speech recordings and used by multiple firms (including Sony Ericsson on my k790i). On top of it all, I don’t have the phone anymore (got a new one, more on that later), but I needed to read the files. Amazingly, most of the standard players I use, including winamp, windows media, and even VLC were of no help (license issues apparently).
A search on the net led to www.amrplayer.com, and the reason for this post. Its a pretty light and useful piece of software for what it does. Theres a simple UI. Just add your files, and go ahead and play them, or convert them to WAV or MP3 formats. The reverse is also possible (in case you want it). Best of all, there’s no trial period or anything. The software is free.
So if you need help with this strange looking format, you know where to go.
Now first of all, Xobni is a great tool. I have been using it for a couple of months now. Its installs an Outlook add-in that makes search pretty quick inside of outlook itself and definitely better than the built-in default Windows search. Plus it has added social networking features and integration with Linkedin/Facebook etc which helps pull in contact information. While I have been a fan of Xobni for a while, there have been rumblings of discontent recently.
With GPUs increasing in power with every generation, PC games are becoming more and more lifelike with each successive iteration. While the recession was not supposed to affect the gaming industry by much, PC game sales this year have been low, not because of the recession, but because there havent been many good games released this year. The only halfway decent ones this year were batman Arkham Asylum and Prototype.