How to Automatically OCR Scanned PDF Doc...

I moved to a paperless office system a few years back. This means that any and all statements, invoices, bills and receipts get scanned, OCR’d, stored on a secure drive and then shredded. The OCR aspect of this is important as it means that the scanned documents are indexed and searchable by Spotlight on my Mac. I now have my system configured so that each document is automatically OCR’d as soon as they are scanned, here’s how. I use the following to achieve this: HP OfficeJet Pro 8600A. This is a very nice all-in-one printer/scanner that allows duplex scanning; it’s...

My 2013 Reading List

My reading list for 2013 wasn’t quite as long as in “the year of the bookworm” of 2012, but I still covered some excellent books and learned so much. There were so many good ones in fact that I must begin to re-read previous year’s books more regularly (a new year’s resolution I think). The full list is below, but here are my favourites: Non-fiction Genghis Khan by Jack Weatherford (amazon link). This is probably one of the best history books I have ever read. Perhaps partly because I was never taught about Genghis Khan and the Mongol empire in school found the whole...

Wifi interference caused by BTWiFi and B...

Ever since doubling down on my broadband connection by using both Virgin Media and BT Infinity my wired connection is amazingly fast.. almost supersonic.  But after a few days, my wifi connection really started to suffer.  And the problem wasn’t just with my wifi – my Sonos system started to drop out intermittently and it doesn’t use a standard wifi signal.  Everything pointed to some form interference.. I live in a city and so there are plenty of other wifi signals around.. here’s what I found: Quite a few access points – but the most...

My 30-day challenge

I started on new 30-day challenge today. I do this every couple of months. This one is to test the theories around intermittent fasting – and so it means I skip breakfast and limit when I eat to an eight hour “feeding window”. Nothing before noon and nothing but water after 8pm. I’m optimistic, albeit a little bit hungry. Over the past year I’ve run a number of these sorts of experiments. Frequently around diet, but not always. Here’s a sample: Atkins. Works, but not sustainable. 4-hour body – basically the “no white...

How to watch Netflix, BBC iPlayer, etc w...

It always surprises me when I can’t access services that I pay for in the UK such as Netflix or UK TV (BBC iPlayer, itv, etc) when I am travelling. The TV and film industries places out of date and draconian copyright restrictions on the video service providers that force them to limit access to viewers located within their country/region. Which means that when you’re travelling overseas, you’re out of luck when it comes to streaming video from home. Or perhaps not. If you could access the services from a UK IP address even though you are overseas, then...