Rob Landley (landley) wrote,
Rob Landley
landley

Ominous hummmm...

I'm back poking at LXC (earlier today I posted some half-finished documentation to the lxc-devel mailing list as part of a post asking how to make their consoles less brittle so I didn't have to document obvious bug workarounds, but the sourceforge mail archive is so utterly horrible linking to it is kind of unpleasant).

But this post isn't about that. This post is about me attempting to use the nice headphones Parallels sent me, which have a microphone attached to them. Ubuntu apparently didn't come with any recording software installed, and a quick google search pulled up Audacity, which is so old I remember Eric included it as a case study in The Art of Unix Programming (which I edited back in 2003), so presumably it's reasonably mature by now.

So I plug the thing in, fire up audacity, fiddle with it for 10 minutes until I find out how to get it to listen to/output to the headphones (it's under edit->preferencs->device) and then try to figure out how to get it to record right.

The first time you record something with audacity, you get audio with a pronounced annoying hum. (Yes, from a digital input. No, I dunno how it managed that.) The second and later times you record, the audio is chopped up into maybe quarter-second chunks with noticeable gaps between them. You can go from the chopped up audio back to the annoying hum by exiting and restarting audacity.

Did I mention this project is at least 7 years old?
Tags: smell the usability
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