hawkeye (hawkeye7) wrote,

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One problem with the Australian Archives is that it charges like a wounded bull for photocopying - 50c per page. So when I found a 350 page document that I was interested in, I knew that getting them to photocopy it for me was not the answer.

However, the archives will make a digital copy of five documents per person per year for free. So I asked for a digital copy to be made.

This was on 17 October. Yesterday, they put it up so it could be accessed online from RecordSearch. Three hundred and fifty colour JPGs -- one per page!

So I wrote a Perl script to suck them all down onto my hard disk. Then coded up a C# program to turn them into a single PDF document.

What on Earth the people who can't program do I wouldn't know. Maybe they just make everybody do CompSci 101 these days.

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