About 7-8 years ago when I started using Metatrader, using Linux was just an impossible dream. The Linux operating system, which was developed through the collaboration of many people around the world, is a product of the Internet and is a free operating system. If Metatrader opens in your Linux machine, then you’re in luck. Linux is free after all and that was the inspiration for many other open source software packages that we all love today, Googles Android OS and WordPress among the most remarkable. Many other versions of Linux just failed miserably.
A few months ago after upgrading to Ubuntu 12.04 version I tried Metatrader running with the latest version of Wine, version 1.4. This is the logical choice for the deployment of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS version. Consult an experienced professional for advice in deploying LTSP with Ubuntu Linux. LTSP is integrated into Ubuntu 11.04 and earlier versions. VDI with Ubuntu Linux eliminates the maintenance of office equipment, and reduces the number of hard drives in your computer fingerprint. Besides the minimal support you will find from your broker and developers (they are mostly into Windows) there are other challenges that may arise when using Metatrader 4 with Linux.
The biggest challenge is that there is just no guarantee that MT 4 will work 100% of the time. I’ve used Mt 4 on other flavors of Linux for several years. Puppy Linux and Ubuntu Linux worked great. Many other versions of Linux just failed miserably. I personally just opted to try various Linux versions until I found one that worked.
There are glitches that occur from time to time, it just comes with the benefits of not having to use Windows to run Metatrader. To run the application as native Windows Metatrader 4, the most effective way is to use an open source application called wine. It worked well for me, the degradation does not affect the functionality of Metatrader 4 whatsoever and I was able to run other Windows applications. Mine shows version 1.4 of Wine. In previous versions of wine, I had to work hard to get Metatrader to run properly. Usually, there is a delay before Metatrader opens, so be sure to wait a few moments.
Linux-based computers, particularly the Linux desktop still represent only 2% of all computers out there in the world. Virtual desktop infrastructure with Ubuntu Linux is ideal for all those who are concerned about security of WAN based VDI. It also makes it easy to switch between Windows if you have other software applications that only run on Windows.
Ubuntu/Wine/Metatrader can be a great combination, but watch out for updates from your broker. Be sure to make backups as new updates can break your system. Again, using a virtual machine is always a good idea.
After attending many Linux conferences and trade shows, I’ve met a lot of people and some of them are doing their own podcasts. It’s pretty cool, you can just go over to iTunes and subscribe to a podcast feed and download the feeds to your iPad or iPhone. This is a great way to learn a lot of cool stuff. So I have been thinking about starting my own podcast or at least just starting to record some content, using Audacity, and wow, my voice really sucks with the microphone that I used. So I decided to get a real mic that is designed for podcasting.
Podcasts are mp3 broadcast shows (and less frequently video shows) that are syndicated through feeds.
To get started podcasting you don’t need a lot of equipment but if you want to create a quality show you will need a decent microphone to record your voice.
Up until recently when you wanted to record audio on your pc you needed an audio interface, a microphone preamp and an xlr microphone. This is still a valid approach, and arguable is the way to go to deliver the best sound quality for your podcast, but for beginners then best strategy is to bypass all that gear and get everything you need in device – a usb microphone.
Usb mics come in all shapes and sizes and it can be difficult to make decisions about what you need. Here are some things to think about:
A Condenser or a Dynamic Microphone
Most of the usb mics on the market are of the condenser variety. This means that they are electrically powered and are very sensitive. They will typically capture a lot of detail in the recording. This can sometimes be a bit of a problem for podcasters because they can pick up too much background noise i.e. squeaky chairs and whirring pc fans.
On the other hand dynamic microphones and much less sensitive to background noise but they are less accurate.
If you want crystal clear clarity go for a condenser mic and control your room recording environment or if you want a more punchy am radio sound go for a dynamic microphone.
If you are having more than one guest on your show at the one time an omni microphone can be useful for recording multiple voices in the same room. This is because omni mics capture sound in all directions around the mic so multiple people can work around the mic.
If you only ever need to record one voice then a cardioid pick up pattern will probably be better for you. A cardioid pattern mics up more of the voice and less of the room sound. This can be invaluable especially if you are recording in room with less than flattering reflections.
What Mics Are Best?
For dynamic mics the Rode Podcaster is a stand out, and for condenser microphone the Blue Yeti and and MXL USB 009 are 2 really good mics.
Wait A Second I’ve Already Got Good Analog Mic
I’ve you’ve already got a good analog XLR mic you might want to consider something like the Blue Microphones Icicle to simply connect your microphone to your pic.
You can learn more about usb mics at www.usbmicrophone.info
When I’m not programming in Ruby or PHP, I like to take some time off and play guitar in my home studo. I’ve been playing around with electronic music and I’ve been looking to upgrade my studio at home and I started looking around for a better set of studio monitors. I looked around and read a lot of reviews and decided to get a set of the KRK Rokit’s.
With the introduction of KRK Rokit series, the benchmark for high performance monitors has raised. Rokit has been renowned for a variety of things like the bass port, tweeter and glass aramid over the years. These things continue to attract the attention of people along with the all new series that comes with great looks, reduced diffraction and the best ever accuracy. Rokit monitor series has remained the first choice when it comes to accurate monitoring, be it in small studios or the large ones. The new generation series sets a new benchmark with even better accuracy as well as performance.People have been compromising on the gain structure for achieving the comfortable level of listening. However, KRK Rokit series allows people not to compromise. The manufacturers are renowned musicians as well as recording experts. They desired to offer such a series that comes with the volume control, offering users a gain range that is adjustable, starting +6dB to as low as -30dB. This way, the manufacturers of this leading monitor let users concentrate on the mix rather than concern over compatibility issues. Most of the recessed tweeters look similar in appearance. However, the catch is that not all perform on the same level. The KRK series has been designed to offer a great tweeter-wave guide. It offers the users high-frequency patterFCutn control. It is such manufactured that the sound is focused outward, i.e. away from the cabinet.The conventional designs use to direct the sound by the side of the cabinet’s plane. Here waveform interaction caused problems in the phase, thereby increasing the diffraction. The manufacturers, KRK knows the suitably engineered wave guide (of high frequency), which is the important constituent offering great sound. This is the core of the best performance offered by the KRK Rokit series. KRK has always focussed on the mix. The company does not stop at manufacturing accurate monitors. KRK appreciates the requirement of the monitors, which not only appear great but also work aptly and easily in tandem with the set-up. Hence, KRK offers various input options with the Rokit. This ensures that it fits snugly to any kind of studio environment. It offers RCA, XLR inputs as well as Quarter Inch that the users require.KRK has enhanced the performance of the Rokit Series, considerably. The company has a great team on board that comprises talented engineers and a competent listening panel, which improved the speaker voicing of Generation 2 Rokit to a desired level of accuracy. The KRK monitors allows users to hear clear and not coloration. This is due to the drivers, which are customized by the brilliant studio monitor team that ensures low deformation performance. KRK is well aware of the fact that two rooms never offer the same sound. Hence, they make sure that every Rokit is equipped with the level control of high frequency. This is one of the features, which offers the ability to specifically adjust the output of high frequency. Users can get ready for the best performing monitor that comes from the experts, KRK.
This model series not only performs better, but also looks different and better. Conventional speakers use to be rectangular in shape. The sound produced was quite narrow. However, the all new Rokit series is miles ahead of the issue as it such designed that there are curved surfaces, leaving no chance for diffraction.