Recovering an old Linux computer

computer that comes to life thanks to a lightweight Linux distribution

I continue with the repairs of PC and devices although this cannot be considered in itself a repair. But it is something that they ask me more and more. Install some operating system that makes them work on computers with old hardware.

And although I tell you a little about the decisions I have made in this specific case, it can be extended much more. I will try to update and leave what I have done every time the case is presented.

Follow the series of articles on computer repair. Common things that anyone can fix in our house like when the computer turns on but you don’t see anything on the screen.

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GIMP batch processing

BIMP (Batch Image Manipulation Plugin) for Gimp

I use Gimp as my photography and images editor. I don’t open Photoshop for more than two years. I begin to use it

My main use nowadays is to edit in bulk the blog articles images. I resize it, add the watermark and reduce the image weight in seconds I handle them all at the same time.

But it is useful for photographers, and all people who work with images and repetitive tasks and routines.

There are different ways to batch processing in GIMP. Here I see two of them using Gimp 2.10.12

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How to convert tables from PDF to Excel or CSV with Tabula

convert pdf into csv and extract data from tables

One of the most laborious tasks in Machine Learning consists of data collection and treatment.

There are a meteorological observatory in my city. You can see main meteorological indicators in real time trough its we and it share historical data too, but it share it in PDF

I have talk with them in order to share all data in CSV and allow people to use the data easily, but it seems that is not possible 🙁

Therefore I want this data and I want to convert this PDF files to a workable data collection. And I have been searching a good solution to convert this table PDF to CSV and the solution is called Canvas.

Once you have data in CSV you can use this data in many ways, opening with excel, Libre office, Google Sheets, etc, because is easy import them in spreedsheets or using pythons and its libraries.

As I want an automatized process I will work with a python script and is here where I introduce Tabula.

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