Download mp3 files containing the english pronunciation of a word

One place where you can find those files is You can easily play and download the pronunciation of a english word with the following bash script (just copy and save it to

To execute just run something like:



Fix Anki should be run with python2.x.

When you start anki you might encounter something like:


If you are running a up-to-date linux distribution python2 should be installed but it is possible that the default version is set to python(1). However there is a very simple fix. Just open the anki (Anki Root Folder) file in a texteditor and replace the first line:


now it should be no problem to run Anki


Fix Guestbook in cmsmadesimple

The guestbook module of cmsmadesimple has the bad habit of showing the following error message after updates: Call to undefined function nl2pnbr(). The fix is quite easy. Just open the filemodules/Guestbook/action.get-entrylist.php in a texteditor and replace the line

with the line

After that it works just fine.

Enhanced XSPF Player breaks when upgrading cmsmadesimple to 1.9.0

The player fails because of the update of the Uploads module and some missing includes. A fix is quite easy:

  1. Open modules/EnhancedXSPF/action.admin_edit_playlist.php in a texteditor. You need to change the line 101 from


    Now you should be able to edit the playlists again.
  2. There is still another problem left. The playlist is not generated. To fix this issue open up modules/EnhancedXSPF/playlist.xml.php in a texteditor. You need to insert another include. You can insert the following line:

    just after line 20 (where adodb is included)

The player should work the same as before after applying these fixes

Qnap TS-209 with Debian: Control Fan

  1. Start the Fan Control Application
  2. Now you can set one of the following speeds: stop, silence, low, medium, high, full

I'm running my TS-209 in the silence mode. I have no harddisks installed (just use if for VPN and as file server for usb-attached disks) and therefore it is not necessary to cool it down

Automatic WLAN Connection on Startup – Linux without GUI

  1. First you need to make sure that you have installed the required packages for secure Wireless connections:
  2. Now you need to open the /etc/network/interfaces file in a text editor:
  3. Just add the following lines:


Gigaset USB Stick 54 – Linux

To run a Gigaset USB Stick 54 under Linux you need to execute the following steps:

  1. The Chipset is zd1211rw. You need to get the appropriate firmware. Furthermore you need the wireless tools to manage the stick

    If you cannot find the zd1211-firmware you need to use other sources. For Debian you would need to include non-free.
  2. Now connect the device to your system. It should automatically load the kernel module. To verify check if you can see wlan0 when executing the following command:
  3. Now you just need to start the interface:

  To connect to a Wireless network you still need to configure it. The easiest way to do it is with the NetworkManager under Gnome.