Audrey Everson McCool Shelgren, b.24/Feb/1940, d.21/Nov/2022

Audrey Everson McCool Shelgren, 82, of Kennedy, N.Y., passed away on Nov. 21, 2022 of complications of respiratory failure with family by her side. She was born Feb. 24, 1940, to William and Pearl Everson in Buffalo, N.Y.

Audrey graduated from Falconer High School in 1958. She married John Rolland McCool in 1958, and later Milton Shelgren in 1999.

She is survived by her sons: Jeffrey McCool (JoEllen), Michael McCool, and Kevin McCool; as well as seven grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husbands: John McCool and Milton Shelgren; her brothers: Richard Everson, William Everson and Grant Everson: and her, daughter Nancy McCool-LaMantia.

Audrey was employed by AJ’s on Foote for 11 years when she left to work in dietary at WCA. In 1977 she and her family left New York for southern California, settling in Costa Mesa, Calif. At that time she served as a dietary supervisor at Costa Mesa Memorial Hospital and then as a physical education teacher at Page School in Costa Mesa. In 1995 she returned to Jamestown, New York and was a dietary sSupervisor at Lutheran Social Services in Jamestown prior to retiring at age 70.

Audrey served as a Cub Scouts den mother during her children’s younger years. She also worked on many local political campaigns including chairing a neighborhood group to remove a chemical company from residential areas. She attended and contributed to the trial of the company responsible for chemicals flooding local residential areas. She loved the study of history, and spent many years working on genealogy of her family line. Audrey was a frequent contributor of political opinion pieces to the local newspaper, she loved political discourse, God and this country above all else.

Arrangements entrusted to Riccardi’s Hubert Funeral Home.

According to Audrey’s wishes there will not be services for her death. She will be interred at Myrtle Cemetery in Poland, N.Y. Instead of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the local ASP-CA.

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Jennifer Julia, b.4/Jan/1986, d.19/Nov/2022

It’s with a very heavy heart that I have to bring the news that my dearest sister has gone to be with the Lord. My confidant and partner in crime, my home base and person I could always turn to left the world on 11/19. She leaves behind her two amazing teenagers that are now with my brother in law and his wife. We don’t have a lot of information right now and I’m not sure when they’ll let us know all the details, so we ask for everyone’s patience. My sister was a firecracker in a tiny package, brilliant blue eyes, and a mischievous grin with giant dimples. We’ve talked many times over the years on what she’d like if anything were to happen to her, so to honor her wishes we will not be holding a traditional funeral. We will be hosting a celebration of life party likely on Saturday, but tbd. In lew of flowers, please consider donating to get costs. I’ll be flying as soon as things are sorted and my siblings and I are working on all the details. The biggest things we need now are prayers and financial help for all the processing and for the kids. They’ll need lots of love to help with this giant whole that’ll be left. They are the world to her. For this in the US, I have a gofundme me I’ll link to my profile or you can cash app $hulingsj and for those in Korea, you’re welcome to send to kakao or dm for bank details. I’m thankful for all the loving people that are around her and that all our family got to meet her…and, as much as I’ll greatly miss her, I’m grateful that she’s no longer in pain. I may not respond to messages, but I will appreciate any words you would like to send our way.

Facebook/21 Nov 2022 at 9:38am

Listening to Skype Voicemail .dat files

Like thousands of other users I religiously used Skype to communicate with many friends and coworkers back in the early 2010s. It was a great platform, with the ability to send messages fluently from computer to phone and vice-versa, as well as make long and drawn out video calls. You could purchase a telephone number from anywhere in the world to have a presence in that country (as I did), and with it you gained voicemail. It did everything perfectly except save voicemails in a reusable format.

I’m not the only person that has a need/want to listen to these types of audio. There are forums of people who have their own needs, such as fathers voices and passed family members. The common solutions proposed are “download VLC”, “use Microsoft Word and run a repair”, or use a “DAT player”, all are non-functional or stupid solutions. There is a ton of common use cases for these old files and the technical solutions are far and none between.

Skype voicemails, once listened to, were downloaded from the Skype servers and stored in the users Skype profile as a dat file. Unfortunately, “dat” files are a general file format and have no immediate player that can open and listen to those files.

Time to dig in. Challenge Accepted!

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