Volume 37

Dear Squeak and Blat, I'm interested in starting a computer-based discussion forum going among the music teachers in my school. I think I can do this by using individual email addresses, but is there a better way? Someone told me about a list service or something, but I am not…
Dear Squeak and Blat, A few of my students asked me the other day to make them a CD-ROM of their music and some of the software files they have created in my multimedia class. I've heard that this is now possible to do with modest cost. What do I…
Dear Squeak and Blat, DVD? What is this? I was in my favorite super electronic store the other day and saw this player that looked like a CD audio player, but it was playing movies from a CD? My local video store is also renting a few of these with…
Dear Squeak and Blat, I thought I was doing real good trying to understand all the acronyms floating around the Internet. I mean, I think I know TCP and FTP and HTTP and IP and ISP. But, now we've got crazy terms like "Java" and "Cookies." Give me a break!…
Dear Squeak and Blat, I have a friend that owns a Wintel box and I have a Mac. We both are running older versions of the operating system and all our music applications seem to be stable. So what's so great about OS8 for the Mac and Windows95 and 98…
Dear Squeak and Blat, My school computer lab has both Mac and Windows 95 computer workstations. I've created some nice Powerpoint and HyperCard projects for my students in the World Music class I teach and in the Music Listening class. These were done on the Mac. When I started converting…
Dear Squeak and Blat, I am preparing a multimedia presentation for class using Powerpoint and I want to put music notation on one of my slides. I am using my favorite music notation program to create the notation. I try to copy the notation graphics, then paste them into Powerpoint…
Dear Squeak and Blat, I am a relative newcomer to computing and software music-making. A spinal cord injury leaves me unable to perform but still wanting to make music. This kind of injury is very expensive, so I'm using a lot of hand-me-down and up-graded equipment. I want to write…
Dear Squeak and Blat, I am a classical pianist turned multimedia courseware developer. I live in an out-of-the-way place (Australia). The target audience for the products that I am developing would be college-aged music students, music professionals, serious aficionados and libraries. Do you have any suggestions as to how to…
Dear Squeak and Blat, What the heck is this MMX stuff I see in ads about Wintel computers? Is this some kind of Star Wars thing? Is it worth it? Stevie J. MacWintel Blat: Dear Stevie: No, nothing to do with C3PO or R2D2. The secret to understanding MMX is…
Dear Squeak and Blat, I'm really confused. I've been looking at music files on the Internet and most of them have .AU after the files. But then I've found .WAV and .AIF and .MID and most recently .RA. Can you guys help. This is confusing as heck and sometimes my…
Dear Squeak and Blat, In reference to last month's column [October] that contained a letter about LCD panels for teaching, I offer you and your readers the following. At the time that the one school I teach at was ready to lease such a panel, there was only one company…
Dear Squeak and Blat, I am setting up a new music lab that has about 14 stations and need some advice on how to keep it running with personnel. The lab is in a college music department that has about 124 students. I know you two guys do this. Any…
Dear Squeak and Blat, Someone asked me the other day if I was using any "push" clients on my computer. I assured him that no one was pushing me around or messing with items on my computer! I really had no idea what this meant. What is this "push" thing…