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Simple OCR

After successfully installing my USB 2.0 Canon scanner, I discovered that the included OCR really sucked. So I tried instead TOCR, a nonfree ($40) package that worked extremely well. The included OCR had almost everything (zones, spellchecker, etc), but it just gave lousy results. Now if only there was a linux/open-source version, I’d be happy. (Update: Here’s a link to linux OCR programs ).

PS, I ended up buying the cheaper AOPEN DVD writer. Even though the Pioneer was faster, supported DVD+ and DVD- and was more portable, it came with Roxio (ugh!), cost $100 more and didn’t have easy playback (one thing I needed for doing screen captures from commercial DVD’s.

I spent the morning trying to write a backup script. I like programming when I have the time for it. Shell scripting seems awfully lame though; vowing to do some python stuff.

{ 2 comments… add one }
  • robin 12/14/2003, 12:53 pm

    Have you checked out http://freshmeat.net/ ? It’s got some cool Linux stuff 🙂

  • Biddy 4/10/2008, 11:55 pm

    This is first time in my life when I don’t know what to say. After reading all comments I’m shocked. What has happened with our society, with our young generation? They are commenting terrible information, their lexis sounds terrible. Is that true, that only words they know is “cool”, “cute” and cussing words? What are they thinking of? It’s better not to think about it, it’s too sad

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