Linux SoundConverter – Program Missing 16 kHz Sample Rate Fix

I recently was working on another project where by a program called Pocket Sphinx required sound files recorded in 16 kHz sample rate. My preferred Linux sound converter application at this time is most apropos called SoundConverter. This free and open source Linux SoundConverter program does not have 16 kHz available as a re-sample rate.

One possible solution was to use dconf editor to add the 16 kHz sample rate to this Linux SoundConverter program. However, I could not find any entries under /org for this program. I looked in all the available configuration files using dconf editor to no avail.

I decided to then search for this Linux SoundConverter program files by typing in the following command:

whereis soundconverter

This was the output from that Linux command:

whereis soundconverter
soundconverter: /usr/bin/soundconverter /usr/share/soundconverter /usr/share/man/man1/soundconverter.1.gz

I browsed to the /usr/share/soundconverter directory using this command:

cd /usr/share/soundconverter

I then listed all the files and folders in this directory by performing this command:

ls -al

Here is the output of the ls -al command:

ls -al
total 316
drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 4096 Mar 12 01:02 .
drwxr-xr-x 332 root root 12288 Mar 12 21:49 ..
drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 4096 Mar 12 00:36 python
-rw-r–r– 1 root root 135178 Mar 12 01:02 soundconverter.glade
-rw-r–r– 1 root root 24707 Sep 30 2018 soundconverter-logo.svg

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You will want to notice the soundconverter.glade file. In Linux, all files including folders are basically files. What this means is that you can easily open them up in a text editor like vi.

VI is and has been my preferred command line editor in Linux for decades now. You do not have to use VI editor to edit this file. However, the command to edit the soundconverter.glade file is below:

vi soundconverter.glade

You will need to become root user as you will notice both user and group permissions for the soundconverter.glade file are owned by root. Glade files are actually eXtensible Markup Language files. Generally XML files are easily accessible with a standard text editor.

You may want to create a backup of this Linux SoundConverter program file just to become safe. I have incorporated the habit of always creating a backup file of any Linux files I edit, in case I make a mistake. It is certainly up to you to incorporate this possible safety measure or not.

You will notice in this soundconverter.glade file an array with these numbers:

  <column type="gchararray"/>
</columns>
<data>
  <row>
    <col id="0">8000</col>
  </row>
  <row>
    <col id="0">11025</col>
  </row>
    <row>
    <col id="0">22050</col>
  </row>
  <row>
    <col id="0">44100</col>
  </row>
  <row>
    <col id="0">48000</col>
  </row>
  <row>
    <col id="0">72000</col>
  </row>
  <row>
    <col id="0">96000</col>
  </row>
  <row>
    <col id="0">128000</col>
  </row>
</data>

You can open up SoundConverter. Then click on “Preferences”. Now look below under “Target bitrate: N/A”.

Place a check in the check box next to “Resample” drop down list. You will notice that 16000 and 32000 for that matter are missing. Now you want to create a new array for 16 kHZ which would be 16000 numerically.

Insert a new line and array using your editor of choice. You will want to enter in the following array:

<row><col id=”0″>16000</col></row>

This will create a new entry in that re-sample drown down list with 16000. Also, you can add any other re-sample rates that you might need, for example 32000. Now you can go into SoundConverter and select 16000 Hz.

Linux SoundConverter – Program Missing 16 kHz Sample Rate Fix Video Transcript

SJS Ronco need a in a computer comm or a
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video about our day always working on a
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project recently whereby I needed to
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convert an audio file there is a free
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Linux software program called
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sound converter hence the term that
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converts sound I’m saying however I
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needed to convert sound into sixteen
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thousand Hertz or sixteen small K large
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H small Z and this program as you can
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see on screen and I will show you I will
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demonstrate does not have when you go
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into preferences and then you’re going
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to convert the file this project
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requires that the file be and sixteen
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thousand Hertz you know what I’m saying
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16 kilohertz whatever now you go down
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here there is sample rate and it’s
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missing so you could you could cheat you
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could convert it to eight thousand
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eleven thousand twenty-five twenty two
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thousand fifty forty four one hundred
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forty eight hundred excuse me forty
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eight thousand seventy two thousand
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ninety six thousand one twenty eight
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thousand so that’s a conundrum well I
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went to the drawing board which is the
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internet if you do not know something if
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you’re ignorant or if you’re running or
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problems internet search internet search
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unless you’re like a you know programmer
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and you’re a coder and you’re like oh
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okay well I’ll just you know go to the
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code alright
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one solution was to use D conf editor
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and let me find it D yep so let me open
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it up and I’ll show you what deep
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competitors really quickly so you’re
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gonna get this warning you can you know
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uncheck it but you know whatever so just
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click I’ll be careful
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now get D Kampf editor it is obviously
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this is Linux and I haven’t titled the
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video yet but well you actually my blog
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post I already yeah Linux is in the blog
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post title which will be the same title
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of this video it just allows you to edit
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certain application files now if you
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notice you see apps see a desktop org it
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was supposed to be under org but there
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is nothing here as you can see there is
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no sound converter there is blue man
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free desktop known gtk on board X I went
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through all these every single one every
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subdirectory could not find a decomp
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edible file so my predicament continued
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then and then I was like well you know
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what
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I am NOT program but I am proficient
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enough that I can use command line you
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should definitely learn how to use
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command line VI Emacs whatever the
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it takes you know I’m saying on Linux
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cuz you’re gonna run into problems Linux
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is not perfect I know you have the
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fanboys just like the wind
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blows fan boys and girls in the Mac and
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crap fan boys and girls Linux tards or
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whatever the you want to call them
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they claim Linux is the best thing since
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you know the wheel and it’s like well
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you know it’s not perfect now I’ve used
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Linux for close to 20 years now maybe I
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think the first time I actually ever use
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Linux was in the mid-90s actually but I
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kind of abandoned it until the early
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2008 ways I digress
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command line so what what I found was
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that there is a Glade file glade GL ad
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now this isn’t a dumbshit capitalistic
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whorish stupid commercial for a
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Glade the that goddamn you know
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do you authorize or wear that
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you spraying in the air
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no Glade is actually an XML file type if
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you know what XML is it’s edible very
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easily edible okay so here is the
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solution click on the link in the
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description box below that will take you
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to my blog post on my website unit
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computers comm where I have the
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instructions written in the abstract I
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have all commands written out spelled
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correctly
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you know I have full instructions on how
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to fix sound converter you’re gonna add
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a entry into the program you’re actually
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going to change the code you’re gonna
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learn how to program a little bit you
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know I’m saying you’re gonna add an
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array is what you’re doing and then
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you’ll be able to choose sixteen
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thousand but I have full detail written
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you know typed out instructions because
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some people learn better that way or you
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can also copy and paste the commands
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alright so what we’re gonna do is we’re
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gonna go to a command line
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let me see if there’s anything I don’t
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necessarily you always should be
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security conscious you know what I’m
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saying especially nowadays all right so
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we’re at a Linux command line now the
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first thing i typed in was where is
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sound converter remember and I haven’t
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do I have instructions on now now I
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don’t think I had any instructions on
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how to install Linux
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Wow sound converter I mean I might’ve
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but anyways so where is sound converter
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there we go where is you might want to
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learn where is that’s an excellent
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command on Linux and UNIX actually it’ll
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tell you it will even tell you where
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configuration files are at it will tell
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you where a program is at because in
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linux everything is a sickly a file
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everything even folders are editable you
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know i’m saying so i want to use or
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share so CD is change directory and then
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I’m gonna go to / user / share / sound
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converter it’s free Linux sound
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converter program it’s excellent it’s
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not about you know it doesn’t have every
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Bell and whistle but you don’t need all
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that notice I don’t now then you do an
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LS – al now here’s a tip you do not have
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to take this tip but it’s highly
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recommended whenever I learned decades
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ago on Linux because I was
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around with config files and what I did
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was I edited the original configuration
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file and then I think it had to do with
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networking and I had to reinstall Linux
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cuz I over wrote it so here’s a bonus
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added possible gold tip when it comes to
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Linux and I would dare say any operating
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system Mac and crap wind blows when
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you’re editing system files any files
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program configuration files create a
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copy if you notice here I created sound
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converter Glade bak you can name it
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whatever you want a lot of times I name
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them back or got save
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back or just something you know I prefer
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dot back because that tells me it’s a
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backup but it whatever you want to you
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know I’m saying and then you would you
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would just do a CP you would do CP and
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then the name of the file and then the
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firt and then the second would be the
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the destination so you’re gonna copy the
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source sound converter dot Glade and
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then space here copy sound converter
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whoops I need to learn how to
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goddamn type dot laid and whoops
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and then sound converter dot blade blade
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blade yeah I’m trying to
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type too fast
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I’m R I’m already getting bored with
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this video I’m very honest I’m very
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blunt if you’re offended by that I don’t
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care you can kick rocks and go
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somewhere else so that’s what you would
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type to copy aren’t quickly now we’re
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gonna edit on Linux there’s a default
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editor command line on speaking command
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line whatever it takes even if you have
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to use you know a graphical user
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interface but you should really probably
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learn how to use command line and Linux
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because when it comes to fixing issues
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most times you’re gonna have to fix it
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in a command line you’re I’m Sam so VI
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has been around for decades actually
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probably ever since Linux was first
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developed and I’ve never used any other
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editor I tried Emacs and I did not like
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that you do not have to use VI my
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blogpost with instructions I use VI that
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certainly if you are more comfortable
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with Emacs or there’s a VI m there which
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is a more graphical VI version I think
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just whatever it takes you know I’m
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saying so you’re gonna do you’re gonna
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open the file with the editor in Linux
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you can just highlight and then middle
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mouse click and then paste windows you
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cannot do that mac and crap I don’t
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think you can do that but I could be
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wrong what Linux you just highlight
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and then middle-click and bam it pastes
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you don’t have to you know control-c
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control-v or you don’t have to
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right-click and select copy that you
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know what I’m saying all right so we’re
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gonna go into this file I already
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created a backup and then we’re gonna
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add an additional array so I have to I
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think if I search slash in VI the four
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slash is what you use to search and then
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you type in after the slash what you’re
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searching for so I think I’m gonna type
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in eleven zero two five and it should
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find that array here it is so and and
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you want to make sure that you’re you
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know got the correct code if you’re if
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you this is how I learn to fix problems
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and Linux I learn VI and then I learn to
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look for configuration or files or study
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errors PHP errors you can use an
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internet search and then you know I’m
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saying then if you are proficient enough
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with the command line and an editor then
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you can actually fix problems on your
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own so you just have to be aware if you
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if you’ve never been familiar with an
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array of any type you know you can study
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on your own look it up on the internet
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you what you could do is probably in
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type into a internet search gch array or
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just an array it’s pretty
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self-explanatory you know I’m saying so
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what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna add an
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array so I’m gonna place it right here
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and so in VI you want to hit oh the
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letter O to create another line and then
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and it’s already going to insert but you
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could escape and then type I to insert
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so we’re gonna insert another row whoops
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okay so I have to escape and then insert
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all right so now okay so right here and
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then you don’t have to but I’ve learned
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that it’s probably a it’s productive to
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keep your code clean however you want it
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just because in case you have to go back
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I think that most programmers probably
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that’s why it’s coated in a certain way
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you know I’m saying it’s up to you but
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Linux spaces are ignored however once in
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a while they can cause a problem that I
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don’t want to digress about that so
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we’re gonna create a row so Row is just
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in the two brackets tells the operating
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system to create a row a new row and
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then we’re gonna add another column so
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I’ll open tick and then column ID equals
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and then you know zero and then in
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parenthesis and then closing tick
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16-thousand and then / the / tells it to
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close that column and then we have to
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add another entry here we have to close
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the role you have to close these
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variables I guess or I’m not a
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programmer so that’s probably wrong
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Burbage but it’s similar to HTML you got
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a you got the opening and you got the
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closing and you have to close with the
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slash before you know what I’m saying
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otherwise it’s not gonna look right now
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I added it accidentally added an
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additional row in VI you just type DD
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twice or yeah two DS for delete and
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they’re gone all right so then I’m gonna
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escape again and then in VI editor to
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save you type the parenthesis
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excuse me the colon the colon you see
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the colon now where the green cursor is
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at and then WQ small a lot of times in
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Linux it’s case sensitive so become
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aware of that and VI it is there’s
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there’s when you when you use VI and you
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tell you type in a capital W you’re
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telling it something different than a
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lowercase W so W Q for write and then
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quit or you wait another thing you could
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do is you could just write
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exclamation point exclamation point
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tells it to write right now Lord Emma at
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our own I knew this guard down program
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fixed by tonight Aaron pronto movie
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Laurent you could hit then hit enter and
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bam it tells you right here sound career
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Glade 26 50 lines blah blah blah blah 13
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135 178 characters written as long as it
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says written if it’s a if you get some
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some permissions if its permissions
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it’ll type it’ll respond in red telling
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you that it wasn’t written or if you
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didn’t type those characters correctly
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you’ll get an error well I’m gonna write
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quit so : BB small W small Q exclamation
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point right now bitch
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alright BAM it’s out now you what you
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can do is when you learn is you can
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double check you can double check your
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work sometimes I still have to do that
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and then forward slash and then 16000
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BAM it’s there and that’s the only place
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I had to place it you’re only adding one
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array and a column and then it’s gonna
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show up in that drop-down menu now I’m
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gonna go to the program I probably have
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to close it I could try but I doubt it
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now go to the resample under the and I
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have full instructions telling you you
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know place a checkmark where every
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sample is so that you can see the
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drop-down full instructions you know I’m
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saying and then click the drop down
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arrow it’s not available because this
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isn’t real time programs aren’t that
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smart yet they probably never will be
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but I well I could be wrong about that
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so I’m gonna have to close sound
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converter and I can show you my blog
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post this is the blog post and let’s see
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I gotta run I gotta run oh my god I’m at
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16 minutes I gotta run I usually have a
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15 minute you know quota 15 minute time
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limit alright so a full blog post you
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know blah blah where’s command and then
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the output how do
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where what folder to go the command LS –
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a LCD to change directory LS the list
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and then what the output should be I did
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not include the copy instructions and
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then VI to open the XML file Glade is
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actually an extensible markup language
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file it’s just a different type of XML
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file but it is technically XML and then
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the array that I noticed and then we
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added a new row in the array we add in
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an additional you know column or item or
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whatever you want to call it in the
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array and then now I’m gonna show you
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let me transition real quick now let me
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open sound converter free program open
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source if I could find it that’s
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what a search box is for think
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dog computers are smarter than me
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alright so now I have the program open
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and there it is now we’re gonna go up to
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preferences and then go down to the
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resample and then hit the drop down and
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there it is sixteen thousand see we
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learn how to program we learn how to add
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an array and which is a row and then a
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column in the drop down array now you
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would click close and then boom now with
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my project I am ready to roll so that is
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how you fix sixteen thousand you know
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whatever 16 kilohertz missing from the
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resample rate I’m not sure why sound
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convertor didn’t include it 16,000 and I
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would say 32 are probably standard but
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eleven thousand 25 that’s it that’s a
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common one actually I anyways I don’t
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want to digress because I’m over my time
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limit and then certainly if you need
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32,000 you could you could add it in
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there rate so you learn something and
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that’s how with that’s kind of one
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reason why I like Linux but but you know
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caveat emptor linux is not like mac and
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well mac and cry
18:48
does actually have bsd unix in it wind
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blows I think wind blows might now have
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some Linux in it or some I don’t
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whatever Windows 10 it that could be
19:01
wrong about that whatever that is how I
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learn back in the day so get comfortable
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with VI you can fix your own issues if
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you know if it’s otherwise you what you
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would have had to have done is what find
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another converter tool that has the
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16,000 or 16 kilohertz available so in
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closing my project which I probably
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won’t get in well I’m still working on
19:32
it here I’ll just tell you what
19:34
the it is I’m trying to create
19:39
automated transcriptions of my videos
19:43
now not for the my YouTube channel did
19:48
you know that YouTube has an automatic
19:50
transcription every time you as a
19:52
YouTube content creator every time you
19:55
upload a video it automatically creates
19:57
it unless can you disable it yeah no no
19:59
anyways but I think by default it
20:01
creates a closed caption or a
20:04
transcription of your video if not
20:08
perfect I think it uses AI or unaware of
20:11
the or some kind of dictionary it’s
20:13
not perfect it’s not bad but it’s
20:16
certainly not perfect you know and
20:19
transcribing is much better obviously
20:21
however you have to pay money for that
20:23
now I’m not gonna tell you what website
20:26
but oh that’s right I was censored off
20:30
of YouTube because I had a different
20:32
YouTube channel where i spoke about
20:33
activism you know capitalism is stupid
20:37
it’s a control mechanism the
20:39
government’s out of control especially
20:41
recently with this fear-mongering with
20:43
this bullcrap
20:43
you know virus that anyways I don’t want
20:45
oh oh oh I better not talk about that I
20:48
better not criticize the system for that
20:50
because oh I’ll get my YouTube account
20:52
terminated tomorrow at midnight by Susan
20:54
Wojcicki and the rest of the crew here
20:56
I’m saying so I have a activism website
21:00
and I and I record videos however that
21:03
platform well I have to they do not
21:06
include a transcription of the video and
21:09
some of my videos are very likely even
21:11
this video that’s way too long now 21
21:13
minutes and Counting you know trying to
21:16
sit there transcribe it I don’t
21:18
have that time or you’d have to pay
21:20
somebody and some of the prices are like
21:23
you know pert they charge you per
21:24
letter or per word or
21:29
prefer sentence it’s like Jesus
21:33
Christ I’m already living in poverty as
21:36
a computer technician and you’re just
21:38
gonna bend me over further and sodomized
21:41
you me because I would just want a
21:43
goddamn transcription now I think maybe
21:47
decades down the road it’ll be much
21:50
better there’s some open there’s paid
21:52
services you can get paid software
21:55
that’s actually maybe maybe I don’t know
21:58
about the best but one of the decent
22:00
ones might be what it let me know any
22:05
good let me search it real quick I
22:07
support this once in a while but not as
22:09
much anymore Dre what is it
22:11
dragon naturallyspeaking is that what
22:14
it’s called yeah that one I heard yeah
22:19
Dragon NaturallySpeaking I still support
22:21
that one is by nuance yeah it’s a new
22:24
nuisance I mean it’s a nuance all right
22:25
and but that I think it I think it
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requires Windows and it cost money so
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I’m trying to find an open source I had
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I was trying to install what is a CMU
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Sphynx or pocket Sphinx which is
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actually an automated transcription
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recorder automated transcription
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recorder what that would do is it would
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open the video fault well it would
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probably would have to be audio say get
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it I had to take a video file convert it
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to audio and then run it through the
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transcriber however I ran into the
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roadblock which was the the resample
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rate when I converted the audio it had
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being 16 kilohertz then I was like oh
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and then as soon as I you know fixed it
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in the program I reconverted that file
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BAM
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it no longer error but yeah I wanted
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address about that I abandoned see Pacus
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Sphynx because i couldn’t get it to work
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yeah you have to have a dictionary you
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got to have libraries and it’s just like
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I just want a transcription of
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my big mouth
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adios

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