I am looking to record more sound on various projects so I just want to embed some sound tests to see what the difference is. Basic setup of Mac mini with a Blue Yeti microphone with simple pop screen

Soundcloud embed test

Youtube embed test

Clearly the sound quality on Soundcloud is better, bit too good really as it is picking up the smacks and crackles while Youtube is bit duller. Not surprising as Youtube is compressing video and sound to try and reduce bandwidth.

Please not there maybe affiliate links on the above products, and possibly other links on this site, which means that if you were to buy them from Amazon from those links I would get a few pennies although the price to you would be the same. I am not looking to drive traffic to the site to monetise but I am interested in affiliate links an how they work on websites so sometimes I test in posts.

Project Management
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I often look at project/document management software. In the traditional Microsoft world MS Project is not much more than a Gantt chart, Microsoft would like you to use Sharepoint for document management and collaboration. I am no fan of Microsoft and certainly no fan of Sharepoint, the licensing can be expensive and confusing and I believe there are better solutions available.

There are many project management solutions available including web based and open source software. Many of the project management solutions will include some element of document management (check in/check out, version control etc) but this functionality maybe basic and if it is a serious document management solution that is required I would recommend looking at specific document management software.

Web based solutions

At the low and free end Microsoft offer Office Live and Office Live Workspaces, not really project management but it has a task list and the although Office Live Workspaces doesn’t offer offline collaboration it does offer documents to be “checked out” and “checked in,” for editing locally using Microsoft Office but the service does integrate with MS SharedView for real-time screen sharing. Office Live Workspace keeps track of older versions of  files and you can use the web interface of either to roll back to a previous copy.

Google docs is similar to Workspaces but is all contained on the web with an online wordpressor and spreadsheet. Instead of a checkin and checkout process Google docs allows for multiple collaborators. Again Google Docs is not really project management software.
Looking at the non free web solutions that are pitched at Project Management one of the most highly rated is Basecamp which includes collaboration, resource management and document management although not document locking. Other web based solutions:
Huddle – includes document locking
Zoho – Includes project management functionality, document locking and integration with Google Docs
Open Source Project Management Software
The solutions mentioned above are proprietary hosted solutions and in most cases have a monthly charge for business use but there are also web based open source solutions that you could run on your own server or a third party hosted server. Solutions include:
Feng Office – choice of open source and hosted project management including document linking.
Feng Office Screenshot
Project.net – fully functional open source web based project management software that includes document linking.

More links to project management software:

Darth Vader is watching you
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I am always looking for screencasting software for Mac, Linux and even Windows. I have updated my links on delicious for some screencasting software with a few great lists below: