How to Capture Streaming Audio

Written by Ross MacIver

Streaming audio is all overrepparttar web these days. There are live radio broadcasts, video and audio streams, and many music vendors use streaming audio as samples of their products. You can listen torepparttar 137291 song, but unless you buy it, it can’t be stored on your computer. Or can it? The simple answer is “Yes”! We’ll take a look at a few methods for recording streaming audio.

First of all, we should examine what streaming technology is and what it is used for. The traditional method of listening to music or watching videos on your computer was to downloadrepparttar 137292 entire file and play it from your hard drive. Streaming works in real time – you can viewrepparttar 137293 video or listen torepparttar 137294 music as it is being downloaded. The data arrives in a “stream” of bits fromrepparttar 137295 server to your computer.

The obvious advantage of streaming is saving time – you can listen torepparttar 137296 stream a few seconds afterrepparttar 137297 download is started. Streamed audio and video can also be protected from copying by Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology. This is often done by commercial vendors of video and audio to control distribution of their content.

Setting Up a Home Network

Written by Micro 2000 Inc

Withrepparttar cost of PC's dropping andrepparttar 137290 number of home users increasing, it has become more and more reasonable to have a home network. Many families now have more than one PC to suitrepparttar 137291 growing needs ofrepparttar 137292 home user, but many feel setting up a network is too daunting or overwhelming to attempt.

Fret not. You, too, can set up your own network fairly easily and inexpensively. Wired or wireless, it's easier than ever to get connected.

New Life for an Old PC

Let's start by discussing how you can use that old PC you may have lying around. Perhaps you just purchasedrepparttar 137293 most state-of-the art PC withrepparttar 137294 fastest processor, tons of disk space, and enough memory to last you a lifetime. So now what do you do withrepparttar 137295 old one?

Sure, you can donate it, but reusing that old PC can add a lot of functionality to your computing experience. Besides, it feels good to keep hard to recycle items out of our landfills.

Getting Started

There are a few things you need to do in order to prepare that PC for its new use.

Remove Unneeded Programs. If you don't intend to run any applications from your "new server", remove every application you don't intend to use. Simply go torepparttar 137296 Control Panel, select Add/Remove Programs and delete everything you don't need.

Clean Up The Hard Drive. Get rid of temporary files, browser cache, and anything else you don't need that will free up disk space. PC World has a great article on how to Reclaim Hard-Drive Space.

Install a Network Card. Ifrepparttar 137297 machine doesn't have a network adapter, you will need to install one. You can get one at almost any computer accessory retailer for about $15. To installrepparttar 137298 card, you must take precautions. First, turnrepparttar 137299 PC off and unplugrepparttar 137300 machine. You will need to removerepparttar 137301 cover to find an empty PCI slot so avoid static damage by wearing an antistatic wrist strap while working inside your PC. Find a free PCI slot and removerepparttar 137302 cover. Carefully insertrepparttar 137303 network card and use a screw to fasten it down. When you start uprepparttar 137304 machine, Windows should detectrepparttar 137305 card. To installrepparttar 137306 drivers, followrepparttar 137307 directions that come with your network card.

Put It To Use

Now that you have your PC set up for networking, you can use it as a file server, print server or to share an Internet connection. No one likes to fight overrepparttar 137308 only computer with Internet access, or being kicked off so someone else can userepparttar 137309 printer. Not to mentionrepparttar 137310 hassle of running back and forth to transfer files. Userepparttar 137311 steps below to implement your own file server, print server, and shared Internet access.

File Server

To use that old PC as a simple file server, all you really need is hard drive space. If you have 20GB or more, that should be enough to use it for simple file sharing and backup. However, if you want to store a lot of files or share and store digital media, you may want to consider adding a second, larger capacity hard drive.

Enable File Sharing. Depending on your Operating System, right clickrepparttar 137312 icon Network Neighbourhood or My Network Places on your desktop, then choose Properties. Then, for Windows 2000 or XP, right clickrepparttar 137313 Local Area Connection, select Properties, and check File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks. For Windows 98 or ME, clickrepparttar 137314 File and Print Sharing button and select I want to be able to give others access to my files and click OK. Then restart your PC.

Share The Drive(s). Now you just need to enable sharing onrepparttar 137315 drive you want to share, so, double clickrepparttar 137316 My Computer icon on your desktop. Then, right clickrepparttar 137317 icon forrepparttar 137318 drive or folder you wish to share and select Sharing. Then just followrepparttar 137319 instructions on your screen to set up sharing. you can select to share full access, read-only access, or password protected access. Dorepparttar 137320 same thing for any other drive you wish to share.

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