Thursday, January 22, 2009

HPLC 2009 in Dresden, Germany

The 34th International Symposium on High-Performance Liquid Phase Separations and Related Techniques, HPLC2009, will be held from June 28 to July 2 in Dresden, Germany. A limited number of travel grants will be available for students with an accepted oral or poster presentation.
See more information about the conference itself and the grants on

Stardict 3.0.1 does not pronounce in Debian

Some knows that Stardict can pronounce English words contained as wav files in the WyabdcRealPeopleTTS.tar.bz2 package, if untar the last to /usr/share. On my Debian system, the dictionary program stops pronounce when I upgraded stardict to 3.0.1 version. And when upgrading I noticed the appearance of some new packages such as festival, espeak, which suppose to do the same thing. Saying faithfully, I'm still not familir with these programs, so I was looking for other solution. In Stardict's sound configuration command for playing wav files by default is play. It could not be found by whereis. Insteed, aplay was found. So I changed play to aplay, and suprisedly it works!
Give it a try if you have the same problem.