Posts from ‘April, 2008’

NPR.PY back up and running

The script (see link below) is a great tool if you want to download authentic listening material from NPR and save it in mp3 format. The script wasn’t working for a while due to a change in how NPR was formatting their pages, but the author has obviously made the appropriate updates. Mike Pickering’s […]

This is a must have reference

The following link includes straightforward instructions for converting a variety of audio formats using the command line in Linux. Music File Processing on Linux

pdf combination

The following command works: :: Putting together PDF files To use Ghostscript to combine PDF files, type something like the following: gs -dBATCH -dNOPAUSE -q -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -sOutputFile=finished.pdf file1.pdf file2.pdf Unless you’re very familiar with Ghostscript, that string of commands won’t mean much to you. Here’s a quick breakdown: * gs — starts the Ghostscript […]

Worddict,, and Dreamhost

I had a problem while trying to configure, available from I ran the script from the shell and got an error that it couldn’t find the file. I downloaded that from, uploaded it to my cgi directory, and everything works fine. The new dictionary is at I’d appreciate hearing from […]

Dyslexia may vary by language

The following probably doesn’t have much to offer as material for the ESL teacher, but it is of general interest to language professionals and other educators: Study: Dyslexia differs by language – Yahoo! News WASHINGTON – Dyslexia affects different parts of children’s brains depending on whether they are raised reading English or Chinese. That finding, […]

WordPress export

The script linked below seems to be the best way I can find to export (i.e., backup) WordPress postings on pre 2.5 versions. This function comes bundled in new WordPress versions. WordPress-to-WordPress Import To use it, download the zip (7.6k) or tarball (6.8k) and extract.1. Upload wp-xmlmigrate.php to wp-content/plugins/ 2. Upload wordpress.php to wp-admin/import/ 3. […]

Zend on GoDaddy

Information here on how to get Zend working on GoDaddy hosting: Problem solved – Godaddy hosting – Zend Optimizer – PHP support & tips –