I am preparing some applications and I needed to scan several documents and upload them online in PDF format. The problem is that there is an upload limit of 3MB per PDF document. Since I like to have my files well organized and maintain digital records for everything I always use the maximum resolution (600dpi) when scanning. This, of course, results in 5-6 MB images.
So, I had to resize multiple JPG documents and then combine them in 6-7 pdf files.
The tools I found extremely handy for this purpose were:
FastStone Photo Resizer: For resizing multiple files in a fraction of their original size. Worked like a charm! (http://www.faststone.org/FSResizerDetail.htm)
FM JPG To PDF Free: For combining the images to a single PDF. Pay close attention (as always?) when installing the application and uncheck the installation of unnecessary features like “Babylon search”, unless you really like them. (http://www.fm-pdf.com/FM-JPG-To-PDF-Converter-Free-Setup.exe)
From this point the procedure was easy an it was more drag n’ drop.
Let me know if you are aware of better alternatives!
P.S.: Maybe next time I should try using a loseless image format, like PNG, instead of JPG.
I wrote a simple bash script for monitoring changes in a webpage. I was able to find a couple or more such scripts on the web but non of those worked for https websites with non-valid cerfificates. So here is one that does:
if [[ -f new_page.html ]]; then
mv new_page.html old_page.html
wget --tries=45 --wait=10 $1 -O new_page.html --no-check-certificate > /dev/null 2>&1
diff ./new_page.html ./old_page.html > /dev/null
if [[ $? -ne 0 ]]; then
echo "The webpage has changed!"
# mpg123 -q /home/user/latin_rhythm_guitar.mp3
echo "No change"
# sleep some time
The line mpg123 -q /home/user/latin_rhythm_guitar.mp3 is commented out. If you choose to play a song each time a change in the webpage occurs change the filename and un-comment.
Part of the source code is from the script found here.