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MPD - Announce current song

Posted by Eric Scheibler at December 29, 2018

My server runs an MPD instance for music playback. The following script for Mac announces the currently playing song after every song change. It uses Mac OS build in TTS and tries to guess the song title language.

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Game of thrones - Tactile maps for the blind and visually impaired

Posted by Eric Scheibler at August 13, 2017

I'm a great fan of the TV series Game of Thrones and the books it's based on. In cooperation with Jens Bornschein from the TU Dresden I've created tactile maps of Westeros and Essos and made them available for download . Be aware, you need a braille printer or similar device to produce tactile maps.

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Disable laptop screen on Linux

Posted by Eric Scheibler at July 3, 2016

This article describes how to disable the laptop screen on Lenovo Thinkpads. This saves a lot of power and enhances your privacy. Root privileges required. Tested with a Thinkpad T450 on Debian Stretch.

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Create a valid SSL certificate

Posted by Eric Scheibler at April 25, 2015

This article describes briefly, how to create a valid, self signed SSL certificate, which for example is required by web servers. Tested under Debian Wheezy.

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Script to extract text from images and scanned PDF files

Posted by Eric Scheibler at April 13, 2015

For the friends of the text console I've created a small shell script, which extracts text from images and scanned PDF files. You can specify as many input files as you want. The results are merged into a single text file. You can open it in your favorite text editor or pipe it to stdout. The program Tesseract is used for the text recognition.

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