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Sysadmins: Use these scripts to fully check out of your conference calls

'Sorry, can you repeat that?'

Rejoice, system admins; Splunk developer Josh Newlan has created a series of scripts that will with the right tools get you out of time-wasting teleconference meetings.

The scripts, built on Splunk and IBM Speech to Text Watson but which can be ported to use open source tools, allow over-worked crushed souls to have relevant chatter automatically transcribed to notes for later perusal.

In the event that the admin's name is mentioned, Newlan's majestic masterpiece will play pre-recorded audio of the admin apologising and asking for the question to be repeated.

"This script listens to meetings I'm supposed to be paying attention to and pings me on hipchat when my name is mentioned," Newlan wrote on Github.

"It sends me a transcript of what was said in the minute before my name was mentioned and some time after.

"It also plays an audio file out loud 15 seconds after my name was mentioned which is a recording of me saying 'sorry, I didn't realise my mic was on mute there'."

It is not Newlan's first foray into automated communication. He has also published a Python Reddit bot that responds to various comments using Markov chain sentences. ®

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