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Listen to it instead of read it.

Posted 11-17-2010 at 03:34 AM by peonuser
Updated 11-19-2010 at 06:29 PM by peonuser

I could not see spending $150 or more for an ereader, when I already have a laptop. But I did want a more portable way to use the files. This is what I came up with.

Just a thought....

sudo apt-get install xpdf
# or your equivalent.

pdftotext inputfile.pdf outputfile.txt

# Optional: split the text file into smaller portions if you want to.

text2wave < outputfile.txt > file.wav

# test file

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Oh well.....

Posted 11-16-2010 at 11:01 AM by peonuser
Updated 11-16-2010 at 11:05 AM by peonuser

Doing some duplicate instructables for both linux and mswindows xp. Unfortunately, I ran out of space on the minuscule 6 gig hard drive xp box. Have a larger drive to image to, but that project is not critical. It can wait.

Reactos is not too bad of an alternative for older computers for an operating system. It's free and a lot of mswindows open source software will run on it. People can also use what they already know as an intermediate step to linux.

Watching the...
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Code a thon.

Posted 11-12-2010 at 10:10 AM by peonuser
Updated 11-16-2010 at 05:11 PM by peonuser

Started writing the routines (as I have spare time) for the choreography of the computer controlled light strings on the Xmas tree. Everything from Kitt (the tv car) to just random display of lights. I have about twenty ideas so far but have only coded five or six. If I could have about forty would be optimum. Since I am using the parallel port to control the strings, lots of simple binary is involved. Still have to do all the soldering for the set up.

The last set of temp sensors...
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Almost that time of year.

Posted 11-09-2010 at 06:00 PM by peonuser

Ordered more temp sensors. Might as well since they are free. The first set should be here tomorrow.

Reluctantly, set up a mswinxp machine as a home automation controller. Had to recompile some control code. The web side was pretty much plug and play.

An old ladder and some dead motherboards are about to make a maybe geeky xmas tree?

It's turkey chili night!
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Farmer in the Dell.

Posted 11-06-2010 at 07:16 PM by peonuser
Updated 11-06-2010 at 10:39 PM by peonuser

Thinking about setting up a server farm high availability commodity based cluster with old dell gx110's for the experience.

Ordered sample tempurature sensors for my cooking robot project.

Fixing to dunp ubuntu, if what I heard is true.

Cracked open a digital thermometer to see if I can interface it with the computer.
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