Participating in the Phantom Run

Running 12 Km as part of the Phantom Run in North Vancouver.

After 9 Km

The Phantom Run 2021, took place on November 13th. For me, it was an extremely chalanging run with 1/2Km accends and decends, some of them are stiff stairs. It was shocking, being the first time running in this trail. I finally made it and enjoyed a warm soup.

Project for the blind people

As part of a Secured Globe, Inc. project with Freedom Scientific, Inc., the creators of JAWS, and as part of adding support to Albanian, I developed a small tool for converting PDF files into text so another piece of software we develop can convert thousands of e-books in Albanian and using AI techniques, create an optimal list of sentences in the Albanian language that can be recorded and added to the JAWS platform.

Github Repo

https://github.com/securedglobernd/SG_PDF2Text

Download Link

https://gograb.site/SG_PDF2TXT.exe

Github issue with previous versions

I work a lot with Github and we, at Secured Globe, Inc. manage our own repo as well. When our programmers push changes in the source code, I somestime need to revert back and I do that by going to the previous version, download it, and compare to the recent one, then update it and push.

I contacted Github’s support after finding out that when I go to a previous version of the source code, and downloading it, I get the latest version.
This wasn’t like that before and seems to be a bug in their system.

I created a small POC video:

I received the following response today:

Hi Michael,

Thanks for reporting this!

We have had a few reports of this bug over the last couple of days and our engineers are looking in to it. It’s very useful for us to have more data points, so thank you for submitting this report! I’ve passed it on to the team.

As a temporary workaround, you can manually construct the download URL with the commit SHA you want to download:

https://github.com/{username}/{projectname}/archive/{sha}.zip

I’m afraid our system is going to mark this ticket as “solved” now that the issue has been created with the engineering team, but that doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten about it! In the meantime, please let us know if there is anything else we can do for you and we will be happy to assist!

Thanks,

Tammy
GitHub Support

My script for backing up Alexa recordings

A while ago I developed a Python script for backing up Alexa‘s (Amazon Echo devices) voice recordings. Many of these recordings are just random voice recordings captured for no reason while other are commands given to Alexa. You can get the software in our web site.

I have written the following article in CodeProject.

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Following a touching email I received from someone who was able to get his late mother’s recording after she passed away and thanked me, It went vital in Reddit . It broke the all times record being the highest voted post of all times!

 

Running the “Loop” (New York, Central Park)

After Chicago and a short break in Pittsburgh, PA, we returned back to New York. Next morning went to our daily routine which is doing the “Loop“.

The Loop sums up to 10 Km.

We like to shop at JackRabbit, in Colombus Circle, where there is a huge map of the loop.

The loop