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The Commandline Bible program is released!

My previous post concerned a little program I wrote one evening to process a bible text file and produce a database from it using Python.   That evening project took on a life of its own, so I have removed the archive download from that blog post as it is now very obsolete.   I now introduce and release to the public my Commandline Bible program.  It is a capable bible search and study program designed for use from the Linux or Windows commandline.  Both are writen in Python and require the installation of the Python 2x (currently 2.7.3) interpreter.   The program should work fine for any Python 2.5 or later 2x installation.  In both versions, extract the archive to folder.   For Linux, run python at the commandline.   For Windows, run the bible.bat batch file which ensures that the needed ANSI character support is loaded and then runs the Python interpreter and the program.   Many thanks to my good friend Larry D. Barr for many suggestions and beta testing support.  This is version 1.0.  Enjoy!


  • high quality KJV Pure Cambridge Edition (PCE) text is used
  • case sensitive single word or words found in series search
  • search can be for whole bible or limitied to Old Testament, New Testmant, or single Book of the Bible
  • verse display by reference
  • display of the Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge (TSK) references for verses
  • a simple ANSI color text interactive command line program not requiring any graphical interface at all
  • SQLite3 database and other associated datafiles made freely available
  • all software distributed via the free MIT lincese and other applicable free licneses
  • very low system resource usage and very fast



Fldigi (Fast Light Digital Modem Application) is a cross-platform modem program that supports most of the digital modes used on the amateur radio bands.

Fldigi is a digital modem program for Linux, Free-BSD, OS X, Windows XP, W2K, and Vista (probably Win7).

Bill – WA5PB

computer sound cards, so many uses!

The PC sound card may just be one of the most useful electronic devices that nearly everyone owns.   Not only can you listen to music with it, but you can do nearly any Ham Radio digital mode.   However, did you know you can also use your PC+sound card combination as a spectrum analyzer or even as an Oscilloscope?   Here are links to software that will allow you do this.  Both are easy to install and free.

Spectrogram 5.17 – for Windows.   I did all the xtal alignment work on my Elecraft K2 radio with this program.

Baudline – for Linux, Mac OS X, and Solaris SPARC systems.   This one has LOTS of features.  Simple to install!  Download, unzip, and run the “baudline” program from the unziped folder.

Bill – WA5PB

GIMP – a deskew plugin

GIMP (the GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a great product.  It provides many advanced image editing options and is available on both the Linux and Windows platforms.  Of course, it is FREE.  One capability that is noticed to be missing from its sizable suite of tools is a “deskew” function.   As the name suggests,  a deskew function straightens up a somewhat crooked picture.  This is often needed to straighten up a scanned image that did not pass through the scanner in a perfectly straight manner.   After quite a lot of searching on the web, I found that there is a plugin (an add-on) that provides this function for GIMP.   For the typical user, getting ones hands on the deskew plugin is not as easy nor is installing it intuitive, so I will provide links to both the Linux and Windows versions of the deskew plugin and instructions how to install each.

First download the plugin for your OS:

GIMP-deskew-plugin for Windows
GIMP-deskew-plugin for Linux

To install in the plugin into GIMP for Windows, unzip the plugin from the file you downloaded and place the deskew.exe file in the c:\program files\gimp\lib\2.0\lib\plug-ins\ folder.

To install the pluging into GIMP for Linux, simply place the pluging you downloaded, the deskew file, into the /usr/lib/gimp/2.0/plug-ins/ folder.

Now, either open GIMP or close and restart the program if you already had it open. You will now find a new entry in the Filters menu called Misc. The plugin is selected via the menu path Filters>Misc>Deskew.

NOTE: I did not write the GIMP deskew plugin, and thus cannot provide any support for it. I just want to make it easily available to other GIMP users since it took me some time to find both versions.

It gets even worse for Microsoft

It gets even worse for Microsoft. As I mentioned in my previous blog entry, Linux is beginning to catch up with Microsoft Windows in the workplace. However it is not only Linux doing this. Windows file servers are now often replaced with NetApp filer appliances. Well, NetApp is not based on Windows and it makes one or more Windows servers go away. While the NetApp OS, Data ONTAP, it is not based on Linux, it is based on other members of the Unix family.

Linux is on the Rise for Business

This is good news for the Linux world.   As Linux becomes more adopted by business, its usage in other areas is also more likely. Linux is on the Rise for Business

FOSS Encryption Software

I have been using EncryptionPlus Hard Disk encryption software at work now for encrypting laptops (per corporate security policies) for over six years now.   The product has work reasonably well.  Aside from personal file and email encryption products such as GPG, I was unaware of any FOSS (Free and Open-Source Software) full disk encryption systems similar to what I had been using at work, until a coworker brought TrueCrypt to my attention.   I have read the documentation and it seems perfectly capable for what I need so I am going to give it a try.  My laptop is unencrypting right now and EncryptionPlus will be uninstalled.   What makes me want to try this out is not just that TrueCrypt is FOSS, but also that I could not previously have a Wubi install of Ubuntu on this laptop while it was encrypted with the EPHD product – the Wubi Ubuntu would not boot.   Once this finishes unencrypting and EPHD is gone, I will once again do a Wubi install of Ubuntu and then try TrueCrypt and see if every thing works.   I will let the blogosphere know how this progresses!

Update — did the operation as described above. Wubi still did not work, but that now makes sense to me and I don’t think that could have worked. However, TrueCrypt itself is working wonderfully! I really like this product. I did a full disk encryption on a 75GB disk and it took much less than two hours. Also, the documentation for the software if very thorough. It is amazing that such a good system is FOSS!

Final Update — I could not be more pleased with TrueCrypt. I will highly recommend it to all my geek friends! :-)