Adding a Simple GUI to Linux shell scripts with kdialog

Shell scripts are incredibly useful things. They allow you to do something as basic as creating an easy command to replace a more difficult one with lots of flags, to batching up many complex commands to run from a cron job. They’re great because you can quickly fire them off in your favorite terminal, but in some cases they require you to remember specific combinations of flags or options. If you find yourself in this situation, you can add some simple GUI dialogs to help you speed your way through the task at hand.


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Netflix Finally Gets Download Option

For years, people asked Netflix to give them the ability to download movies and TV episodes. Though this might not seem like that big of a deal in many regions where internet connectivity is cheap and omnipresent, same is not the case everywhere, especially in developing regions. Netflix is finally addressing this need: the on-demand media streaming service said Wednesday that people can now download shows on their Android and iOS devices . From the company’s blog post: Just click the download button on the details page for a film or TV series and you can watch it later without an internet connection. Many of your favorite streaming series and movies are already available for download, with more on the way, so there is plenty of content available for those times when you are offline.It’s worth pointing out that the offline playback — or the ability to download videos isn’t


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Linux Kernel 3.12.68 LTS Hits the Streets with SPARC and Networking Improvements

softpedia: Linux kernel 3.12.68 LTS brings numerous improvements for the SPARC hardware architectures, but also various fixes to MIPS, ARM, s390, PA-RISC, and x86 support.


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EC2 Instance Type Update – T2, R4, F1, Elastic GPUs, I3, C5

Earlier today, AWS CEO Andy Jassy announced the next wave of updates to the EC2 instance roadmap.  We are making updates to our high I/O, compute-optimized, memory-optimized instances, expanding the range of burstable instances, and expanding into new areas of hardware acceleration including FPGA-based computing. This blog post summarizes today’s announcements and links to a couple of other posts that contain additional information.
As part of our planning process for these new instances, we have spent a lot of time talking to our customers in order to make sure that we have a good understanding of the challenges they face and the workloads that they plan to run on EC2 going forward. While the responses were diverse, in-memory analytics, multimedia processing, machine learning (aided by the newest AVX-512 instructions), and large-scale, storage-intensive ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) applications, were frequently mentioned.
These instances are available today:
New F1 Instances – The


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Amazon Lightsail – The Power of AWS, the Simplicity of a VPS

Some people like to assemble complex systems (houses, computers, or furniture) from parts. They relish the planning process, carefully researching each part and selecting those that give them the desired balance of power and flexibility. With planning out of the way, they enjoy the process of assembling the parts into a finished unit. Other people do not find this do-it-yourself (DIY) approach attractive or worthwhile, and are simply interested in getting to the results as quickly as possible without having to make too many decisions along the way.
Sound familiar?
I believe that this model applies to systems architecture and system building as well. Sometimes you want to take the time to hand-select individual AWS components (servers, storage, IP addresses, and so forth) and put them together on your own. At other times you simply need a system that is preconfigured and preassembled, and is ready to run your web


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Amazon Lex – Build Conversational Voice & Text Interfaces

While computers that talk are great, computers that listen and respond are even better! If you have used an Amazon Echo, you know how simple, useful, and powerful the Alexa-powered interaction model can be.
Today we are making the same deep learning technologies (ASR – Automatic Speech Recognition NLU – Natural Language Understanding) that power Amazon Alexa available to you for use in your own conversational applications. You can use Amazon Lex to build chatbots and other types of web & mobile applications that support engaging, lifelike interactions. Your bots can provide information, power your application, streamline work activities, or provide a control mechanism for robots, drones, and toys.
Amazon Lex is designed to let you get going quickly. You start out by designing your conversation in the Lex Console, providing Lex with some sample phrases that are used to build a natural language model. Then you publish your Amazon


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Amazon Polly – Text to Speech in 47 Voices and 24 Languages

As I was getting ready to write this post, I thought back to my childhood (largely spent watching TV) and some of the popular computer and robot voices of the 1960’s and 1970’s. In just a few minutes, pleasant memories of HAL-9000, B9 (Lost in Space), the original Star Trek Computer, and Rosie (from The Jetsons) all came to mind. At that time, most people expected mechanically generated speech to sound precise, clipped, and devoid of human emotion.
Fast forward many years and we now see that there are many great applications and use cases for computer-generated speech, commonly known as Text-to-Speech or TTS. Entertainment, gaming, public announcement systems, e-learning, telephony, assistive apps & devices and personal assistants are just a few starting points. Many of these applications are great fits for mobile environments where connectivity is very good but local processing power and storage are so-so at best.
Hello,


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