Austin Adams

Georgia Tech student, programmer, GNU/Linux finesser

Recent Blog Posts

  • Scanning a Book into a PDF
    May 8, 2018
    I’ve always wondered how the shady PDF wizards make those shady textbook PDFs you find online, and I was bored yesterday, so I decided to find out. Preparing the Patient At first, I tried to spreading the book and placing each pair of pages on a flatbed scanner, but that led only to frustration because the pages made poor contact with the scanner. Instead of trying to sort out the blurring, I drove to Kinkos and paid $2.
  • Opening .sim files in Roigisim (CircuitSim)
    January 24, 2018
    On GNU/Linux, to make .sim files have a Roigisim icon and open in Roigisim, run the following (except replace 1.6.0 with the version you want): curl -Ls | bash -s 1.6.0 After the script completes, log out and log back in, just in case. This is a copy-paste job of my earlier script for Brandonsim.
  • Install Debian with debootstrap
    December 31, 2017
    A driver on Ubuntu 16.04 was giving me some trouble, so I wanted to quickly install Debian sid on an external hard drive to see if later versions of Debian/Ubuntu fixed the issue. However, I didn’t want to bother with downloading and booting from an installer disc, so took the following chroot approach. This bootstrap-and-chroot process isn’t new and is documented in bits and pieces all over the web (some other distributions even use it as their official install process!