Posts from 2011-09

Install the LaTeX Distribution TeX Live on Ubuntu Linux

Install the most important packages using:

sudo apt-get install texlive texlive-latex-extra

optionally also install some German language support packages:

sudo apt-get install texlive-lang-german

If you want the full TeX Live system:

sudo apt-get install texlive-full



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Colourful SVN Diff on Mac OS X

I do not particulary like SVN but sometimes I have to use it. The diff output on the Mac OS X command line usually is not colored which is annoying. The solution is to tell SVN it should use colordiff instead. You can easily install colordiff using homebrew:


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Downloading Picasa Web Albums

Picasa-Downloader – A simple Python script to get the normal size images

pip install BeautifulSoup
cd ~/Downloads

Pycasa – capable of downloading full size images

This open source software includes a GUI. It relies on PyGTK and it is therefore difficult to get it to work with Mac OS...

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FlickrMS - Mounting Flickr as FUSE File System

Requirement: flickcurl

flickcurl is a library to access the Flickr API via C.

On Debian/Ubuntu simply install libflickcurl-dev:

sudo apt-get install libflickcurl-dev

or get the latest dev version:

sudo apt-get install libxml2-dev libcurl4-openssl-dev libcurl4-gnutls-dev libgcrypt11-dev libgnutls-dev libgpg-error-dev libraptor1-dev libtasn1-3-dev libxslt1-dev raptor-utils
cd ~/Downloads
git clone git://
cd flickcurl
sudo make install

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FUSE Filesystems

With FUSE - The Filesystem in Userspace you can mount all different kinds of remote / local filesystems on you Linux/Unix/Mac computer. Here are some implementations of interesting FUSE filesystems:

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StellarNet EPP2000 Spectrometer

The Windows Software for the spectrometer is called "SpectraWiz".

I'm reluctant to continue working on any Python code as this spectrometer is discontinued.



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Newport Power Meter 2935T-C - Serial Connection via Python

First start of a Python module that makes use of PySerial to communicate with the Newport Power Meter 2935T-C via a serial connection:

#!/usr/bin/env python

########## Newport Power Meter 2935T-C #############
# Manual: <>
#  Settings (p.72 of the manual): 
#  Baud rate: 38400...

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