From the Tips Box: How Record Skype Calls, Rip YouTube MP3 Audio, and Properly Clean a Lens

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By Jason Fitzpatrick on February 16th, 2012


Once a week we round up some great tips from the HTG Tips Box and share them with everyone. This week we’re looking at recording Skype calls, grabbing MP3s from YouTube videos, and how to properly clean a camera lens.

Record Skype Calls with MP3 Skype Recorder


Sam writes in with the following Skype tip:

I’ve recently started using Skype to conduct interviews. After messing around with all sorts of stop-gap measures and not-quite-right applications, I found the perfect solution to help me record the audio. MP3 Skype Recorder is a super simple app, you just install it, authorize it with Skype (it’ll ask you if the app has permission to record) and then just let it go. Whenever you start Skyping it will start recording (you can turn off the automatic feature if you wish).

We’ve been looking for something like this, Sam, so we promptly downloaded it and started playing with it. Works like a charm! Thanks!

Rip YouTube Audio to MP3 with HearYouTube


Christine writes in with a tip for grabbing MP3 audio from YouTube:

There is a lot of interesting content on YouTube that I’d like to be able to listen on my commute (like TED Talks). I found a great site that makes it really easy to rip the audio and save it. You just got to HearYouTube and plug in the URL. It rips a 20 minute TED Talk in like a minute. It’s great!

Well we know what we’ll be doing for the rest of the afternoon: loading up our iPod for TED Talk commutes. Thanks Christine!

Clean Your Camera Lens like a Professional

Michael writes in with the following camera tip:

My buddy just got a new camera and he’s crazy paranoid about the lens. I sent him this handy video to watch and figured I’d pass it along to you too. You can never have a lens too clean! (That’s not true, you could waste a lot of time cleaning it and not taking pictures, but you get my drift.)

Given how thorough the video is, we imagine your friend will be satisfied. Nice find, Michael!

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Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 02/16/12
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