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Firefox encodes some characters as squares filled with numbers

Since a couple of days I'm experiencing this problem: Firefox (and Light too) displays a lot of strange characters in different websites. Something like: 🎂   And so on. I realized that those ...
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What are these strange characters? [duplicate]

I couldn't put them in the title because they actually seem to have many bytes: I took some screenshots:
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How to change character set of text in Excel 2013

I have the following issue with Excel 2013, which is still surprisingly lacking proper multilanguage support despite it being, you know, XXI century. I have a text in Excel 2013 which is displayed as ...
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What encoding is Banned Suffix List?

Mozilla maintains a effective TLD or banned suffix list at Public Suffix List and its wiki Public Suffix List. Most entries are straight forward, but some are confusing to me since I don't work with ...
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Ffmpeg Sync when extracting parts of video

This question can be seen as an extension of this question. I am using the ffmpeg 2.0.1 . The following commands is useful when you want to extract parts of one big video file given time makers. ...
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GNU screen lost encoding settings after detached and reattached

I set the defencoding and encoding in the .screenrc, defencoding GBK encoding GBK GBK After I detached and reattached the session, the encoding settings don't work. screen -r -d -S session How ...
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Batch convert to UTF-8 a directory having both UTF-8 and CP-1251 files

I have a directory containing files, some of them are UTF-8, some are CP-1251. I want to convert the ones that are CP-1251 to be UTF-8, but without corrupting the UTF-8 files. I tried using iconv -f ...
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Add watermark to ffmpeg MP4 encoding process in Windows?

Want to apologize off the bat as I am by no means familiar with working with ffmpeg and after trying countless times unsuccessfully to accomplish adding a PNG image watermark to my videos I'm hoping ...
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Can't extract file with non-ascii name from zip archive

I am using Linux Slackware 14, downloaded a zip archive with a file, containing Russian characters in it's name. Now when I try to unzip it in console, it prints an error and doesn't unzip: bash-4.2$ ...
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Displaying Korean characters properly on a computer with English Windows XP

I have Windows XP Professional Version 2002 SP 3 English version I have installed the required input methods in Regional and Language Settings and as far as I know all the other options provided there ...
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ffmpeg stripping out third stream not working

I have files with a third stream which could be some metadata from FCP. This is the output of ffprobe: ffprobe 00700.mov ffprobe version 2.0.1 Copyright (c) 2007-2013 the FFmpeg developers ...
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ffmpeg minimal requirements configuration for encoding and decoding h264 files

I'm trying to compile ffmpeg with minimal requirements in order to encode/decode with h264. So far my command line configuration is : ./configure --disable-yasm --disable-everything ...
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What encoding to get Å Ä Ö to work

I'm writing a small application in VB.net that will enable me to easy create a user "Windows 7 account" with a password, instead of going though the control panel. The problem I'm having is that when ...
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Files saved in utf-8 shown broken in browsers

Now every time I save a file with utf-8 (default, like I did it the last 8 years) my browsers (Chrome, Firefox) can't read it properly any longer. If I use encoding utf-16 it works fine, but I don't ...
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encoding that is compatible with both latin1 and uft-8?

I use vim to edit files and I can make it display Korean only if I set the "Current language for non-Unicode program" to "Korean". I can accept that thtat is the way it supposed to be. But then if I ...
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unicode double latin letters (ligatures)

What unicode characters are there where two latin letters are joined together in a ligature to form a single unicode character? similar to this type of character: ㎐ or æ I looked in the unicode ...
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Convert .txt. file from windows-1251 to utf-8

I'm trying to read the cyrillic text that is stored in .txt format. Once I open it with OpenOffice, it is OK. Once I open it with Notepad++, it shows unreadable symbols. Setting Windows-1251 prior ...
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Can I see/change text encoding in Word 2003?

I received a Word document with Bulgarian text. When I copy-paste it to our web based CMS some letters change (possibly to Russian??). If I copy and paste special (from Word 2003 to Word 2003 as ...
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Can't install gems with Ruby: “invalid byte sequence in UTF-8”

I'm using Mountain Lion. I've installed Ruby first with RVM, then with rbenv. I can assure it's running the latest one with which ruby, it correctly points to the one installed with rbenv. gem won't ...
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subtitle encoding issue with mkvtoolnix

so I've attached a few subtitles to a MKV with mkvtoolnix, but it appears that after muxing the character encoding is messed up. The input subtitles were UTF-8 encoded. I don't know what's the ...
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How to multiplex two videos with ffmpeg

I'm converting videos using the -s option for multiple resulutions and I want to include a short intro at the begining of the video. but for some reason it skips the second -i so i'm only getting the ...
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Can Intel Xeon Phi improve ffmpeg performance?

I'm building a server for video encoding and I'm planning to use the latest Xenon e5-2697 v2. Can Xeon Phi help me improve ffmpeg encoding performance? a bit confused by this new "processor" ...
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How to add watermark when converting to more than one video with -s option?

I have a problem adding watermark to my video. I'm converting a video into 5 different resolutions using the -s option. what I've tried: waterMark="\"movie=/watermark.png [watermark]; ...
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Notepad++ doesn't show Russian letters

I'm trying to setup the translation file (.php) but can't get Notepad++ to display the Russian text. The file was created on a PC with Russian Windows 7 (Windows Notepad) and everything looks fine ...
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Special characters in Emacs dired and attachment paths on Windows 7: “\374” instead of “ü” displayed

I want to use dired+ in Emacs for browsing directory paths on Windows 7. I'm having problems with special characters like äöü in dired mode and in attachment paths: dired When I'm trying to ...
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Converting iTunes m3u file to be readable by mpd (special characters and encoding issue)

I have generated a iTunes m3u file because it is easier to create specific playlist (with intelligent playlists). It needed a little conversion to replace ^M characters to newline, but now I have ...
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Hex to base64 on *nix [duplicate]

Note: I have marked this question as a duplicate of another question. But I am keeping it nonetheless as it has an example and a clearly explained answer, so hopefully it should help others. ...
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How was this value of ObjectGUID encoded?

An application stores the objectGUID of a user's MSAD entry internally as: msad://OBJECTGUID=\5c\78\33\6d\77\d8\df\44\80\07\d2\77\da\d5\c5\69?USER Below are the Uids I see when I pull the user's ...
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How those undocumented ANSI codes work

I found gnu head ANSI art (that show up in alsmot grayscale on Cygwin terminal) and it have undocumented ANSI CSI SGR numbers like: [38;5;243m Wikipedia say that the numbers are up to 109. What ...
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Vim scripting with Tcl: encoding mismatch

I am trying to write a plugin for Vim using Tcl as the backend language. I have written and tested most of the code and it seems to work fine except for one hurdle I can't seem to get over: encoding. ...
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How do these characters (%25u, %25U) in a URL, pose a security risk?

I was reviewing some SiteMinder APACHE 2.2 WebAgent configuration files when I came across '%25u,%25U' in the list of ASCII/URL-encoded characters in the attribute badurlchars as below: [Wed Jun 19 ...
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What character encoding does ODT use?

Whenever I open an ODT file saved by LibreOffice with default settings, and open it in a plain text editor, I get a bunch of nonsense. Not a single trace of the text I typed. In what character ...
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Tight Encoding on android vnc [closed]

I'm customize my own VNC client and server with TightVNC open source. I remove all of its interactions of RFB protocol. So there is noway to negotiation encoding types or any other options. I choose ...
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Under Windows 7 cmd.exe, why do both utf8(65001) and gbk(936) display Chinese filename correctly?

Under Win7 cmd.exe, running the following commands will reproduce the situation I faced today: (to clarify, my D: partition is formatted as NTFS.) D:\...\_play\notes> chcp Active code page: 65001 ...
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Linux VLC subtitles - qestionmarks instead of several characters

While watching movie using VLC with czech subtitles, qestionmarks appears instead of some (ěščřž etc.) characters. Steps that I have tried so far: Converting subtitles from windows-1250 to utf-8 ...
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How do I convert many text files from <some_encoding> to utf8-no-bom?

I'm looking to convert lots of text files (40+) from ISO-Latin-1 to UTF8-no-bom. How can I accomplish this?
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Why does this PDF appear to encode parentheses correctly but doesn't when using pdftotext or copying and pasting?

I have several journal articles here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/3610797/malformed-pdfs/A897.full.pdf https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/3610797/malformed-pdfs/B1264.full.pdf ...
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CSV files cant store special characters?

I have read several other questions on this subject but none have an answer which fixes my problem. I have an execel file which is in russian and I need to convert it to CSV without it losing any of ...
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Extract files with umlaut in 7zip file created under windows to Linux

I want to extract a large backup of my hard drive compressed with 7zip under Windows to my Debian Wheezy installation. I'm using the following command line: 7z x -pmypasswordhere file.7z If there's ...
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Compiling x264 with mp4 support

I need x264 for my project. I have one at /opt/local/bin/x264, but when I execute the following command: x264 --qpfile cuepoints.qp --output output.mp4 input.mp4 it says: x264 [error]: not ...
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How can I use a password with special characters in desktop programs?

At the moment I am concerned about the security of my Facebook account. I have taken advantage of Facebook's ability to accept very long passwords with special characters, and created a password that ...
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Preserve text readability while encoding game screencasts

I have a bunch of (almost lossless) 3d game screencasts which now occupy considerable amount of my hdd space. I would like to reduce their size. Overall image quality isn't of great concern, except ...
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Specify MPEG-4 as encoding parameter in FFmpeg

I want to ask about mpeg4 codec parameters. I use it to encode video in Evalvid environment as follows: ./ffmpeg -s cif -r 30 -b 64000 -bt 3200 -g 30 -i raw.yuv -vcodec mpeg4 vid.m4v The video will ...
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Why do I get files downloaded with %20 instead of spaces?

I need to download the notes from the school website, it is a easy task. But the file I downloaded always get a ugly filename on OS X, such as D1.5%20-%20Software%20testing%20strategies, it should be ...
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How to force convert with convmv

I have had a lot of files with filenames in windows-1251 encoding. I wanted to convert it to utf8.But I have accidentally converted it wrongly by convmv: convmv -r --notest -f windows-1255 -t ...
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7zip filename encoding problems

I have problems extracting files from 7zip archive with non-ascii symbols in filenames. I have identical versions of 7z on two computers, which differ only by the system locale. If I compress on one ...
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́╗┐' is not recognized as an internal or external command

When executing certain files (mainly batch) using PsExec I get these weird ́╗┐' symbols before my command. My initial thought was, that I were using wrong encoding, but after checking, I realized that ...
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ffmpeg video with watermark and subtitle at same time

Hi I want to add watermark png image to video with hardcode substitle .srt file at same time what changes i should do the to following line ffmpeg -i input.mkv -threads 0 -c:v libx264 -crf 28 -preset ...
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Different Alt codes with the same codepage

Alt+0120 on my computer prints "H" on my computer but on my friend's computer prints "x". The chcp command on both computers returns 720 as default code page. Do you have any idea what is different ...
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.Bat xcopy - special characters

this is the code of my .bat file: @echo off xcopy "C:\Users\Administrator\věc" "C:\věc" /e /i /h echo Done pause However it says:File not found - výc. See ě char changed into ý Why is it so? ...