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Some Perl hacking

Tuesday, February 24, 2009 | 1 comment

Today I fixed a bug in a Perl program I had written for a customer: the part that handled cell data in an Excel spreadsheet didn't take into account that some cell data could be encoded as UCS2. And hence conversion to UTF-8 was required.

I also received by email a request for the Dell part number of the ATI Radeon 2400 XT video card I have in my Dell Vostro 200 ST. I was able to find this part number on the quote Dell had sent me over a year ago, and decided to post all part numbers on that very quote, and some additional information.

In the evening I tried to create a single PDF file from several scanned comic book pages stored as JPEG files. After a short time I had a working Perl program, which you can use as a staring point for your own solutions.

Today I also finished "The Lies of Locke Lamora", an excellent fantasy story. If you like the work of Raymond E. Feist (Magician), you might like "The Lies of Locke Lamora" by Scott Lynch a lot. Highly recommended.

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