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Encoding Problems with dropbox on fat32 used on Windows and Debian

I am using an encrypted (Truecrypt) data-Partition (fat32), on which my Dropbox folder is located. This Partition is mounted on Windows 8 as well as Crunchbang (Debian wheezy) and Ubuntu 12.10. When ...
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How to encode audio with Opus codec?

The Opus audio codec looks like the best thing ever for compressing audio. It has recently become supported in the latest ffmpeg and VLC players. However, there is no documentation I can find on how ...
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HTML encoding settings in Firefox

Whenever I open the Jargon File site the encoding is wrong. See @-Party entry. Every page sets it to "ISO-8859-1" but that doesn't seem to work. Setting the view to "Western" (which is "ISO-8859-1" ...
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file-name encoding problems

I googled over this topic but couldn't find what I was looking for... the following "happend" to me: I had my files stored on a NTFS-USB Harddisk, because of space problems I moved them to an ext3 ...
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JM H264 Reference Software quality drop

I've just started messing around with the latest JM 18.4 tool for a bit but after I encode a sample yuv file the video comes out poor.(Everything is on default, I did a clean compile just to make sure ...
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Is it possible to rename files in a zip archive before extracting?

I pulled a zip file from the web which was packed on a system where filenames were encoded in a format my unzip program fails to read. Perhaps the file-system does not support those weird characters, ...
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General guidelines / workflow to convert or transfer video “professionally”?

I'm an IT "professional" who sometimes has to deal with small video conversion / video cutting projects, and I'd like to learn "the right way" to do this. Every time I search Google, there's always a ...
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how do i view unicode characters on command prompt

I read this post on superuser on how to view UTF-8 characters on command prompt in windows.I tried the steps in the answer which were : 1. Start->Run->regedit 2. Go to ...
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Unadvisable to use UTF-8 for mails?

Thunderbird (in German) uses the charset ISO-8859-15 (or -1, can't check right now) by default for outgoing and incoming mails. (If you want to change the default, see Change Thunderbird default ...
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Encoding over SSH Issues

I have a Linux machine and a Windows machine, both using Vim with the Powerline plugin. They both work great with patched fonts. Next, I want to SSH onto an OSX 10.6 machine and also use the Powerline ...
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WinMerge & Encoding

I have a problem with WinMerge (or more specific: WinMergeU). I have several php files that have the same content up to the chosen encoding. How can I tell WinMerge to ignore the encoding? If this is ...
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Shell wrong encoding

Somehow I managed to screw up my shell-encoding. An example: root§server:ç£ cat --help Usage: cat ¡OPTION¿... ¡FILE¿... Concatenate FILE(s), or standard input, to standard output. -A, --show-all ...
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Change text encoding into Filelocator Pro?

I'm having problems viewing Cyrillic characters in FileLocator Pro. There isn't a language menu option in the program's settings. Is there a solution?
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FFMPEG: Convert .rgb images to video

I want to create a video from .rgb files. These just contain the pixels, no header. I'm able to cerate a video from pngs: ffmpeg -f image2 -r 30 -i %%06d.png -vcodec huffyuv video.avi But ...
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Automated script to change page encoding after page has been downloaded in Google Chrome

guys! My Chrome doesn't properly recognize page encoding of our local TWIKI site. So, every time i enter the site i have to set suitable encoding manually (Settings -> Tools -> Encoding -> Cyrillic ...
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What determines the quality of a video

I have a video file (which includes a audio stream too). I want to determine its quality based on bit rate, bit depth, height, width, encoding etc. Among this what determines the quality of a video? ...
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How to export Windows Address Book with Hebrew contact names

I have several contact names in my windows address book with hebrew characters in the names. When I export the book to a csv, those names become ??????????. How can I fix this?
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notepad++ not working as expected

i'm using notepad++ for editing my php scripts. however i found a strange problem: when changing encoding from ANSI to UTF8 (without bom), saving, closing, re-loading - then checking encoding: is ...
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Firefox shows Chinese/strange encoding characters on pages

This happens on Google Accounts like Gmail, Twitter.. a few other SSL pages and some non SSL pages. I have tried those pages on Chrome and they work fine. I have tried following the View > ...
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A less cumbersome way to specify encoding when opening encoded text files

In order to open an encoded text file with the correct encoding in OO Writer, the user goes through File>Open, then selects 'Text Encoded' from a long list of file types, which causes a dialog to pop ...
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Fixing Corrupted Text

I Have text which looks like this: supposed to undergo yearly cardiac exam in order to stay on transplant list. But, there are > patients who are missing important cardiac information. It is yo ...
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What is this '°͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌' strange character?

I saw this °͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌ strange character online. I also noted that: It needs 26 backspaces to delete but behaves like one character when selecting. It is drawn vertically covering ...
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Copy + Paste Chinese From Website

I am re-branding a website that has both English & Chinese Traditional text. When I am copying + pasting the Chinese text into notepad++, the characters gets displayed as question marks. I tried ...
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cp1250 encoded source code on Eclipse/Linux

How to setup your environment to work with cp1250 source code in Eclipse on Linux? (I know, if you can use UTF-8, unfortunately, it's not always possible)
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What's wrong with `(add-to-list 'process-coding-system-alist '(“zsh” . utf-8))`?

In Emacs, I routinely use an inferior shell, invoked with M-x shell. I often need to specifically set its coding system, which I do with C-x RET p followed by utf-8 (twice). I want to do this once ...
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CTRL-[keys] and arrows not functionning in terminal / ipython

I'm using ipython Inside the python shell, when I press up instead of showing the last command, it prints ^[[A also CTRL-[keys] are fubar. CTRL-p prints ^P Everything is normal under ...
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Why google code download page have a QR code? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: QR Codes for Files on Google Code When I open a google code download page, there is a QR code at the bottom. What kind of devices will read this human unreadable QR ...
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How does AACplus v2 perform in comparison to AAC? [closed]

Which of these audio codecs provides better quality? I want to encode my audio files to lower lower bitrate and maximum quality.
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Extracting a tar file containing files with Chinese names will make the filenames illegible

On my Mac OS 10.6.8 I had a directory full of files that had Chinese filenames. I proceeded to run tar czf mydir.tar.gz mydir Now when I untar it with tar xzf mydir.tar.gz, the extracted filenames ...
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How to determine ftp server filenames encoding?

I am trying to mount a ftp server with curlftpfc. But the server has unknown encoding, and all the filenames look like ???????.avi, ??????.inf. I know that I need to specify the encoding for ...
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Computer Hardware Theory: Why binary bits?

Since this isn't a research-level question (seeing as I am not in a graduate program) I decided to plop on over here from the other CS Q&A site. Why do we use binary to encode information in ...
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CLI, encoding-aware FTP uploader

I've got a crappy webhoster where I need the filenames in iso-8859-1, my FS uses utf-8. Filezilla can handle encodings, but I need something that I can use in a script. Is there a program out there ...
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Is the order inside a byte like “big-endian”?

In wiki, "big-endian" refers to the storage order of multiple bytes. And a byte consists of 8 bits, it's also important to note the order of these bits. I did dd if=/dev/sda count=1 | xxd -b, and ...
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How can I get a mysqldump file encoded in utf-8 for psql?

I am migrating some data from a MySql database (v5.1.44/MyISAM/collation=latin1_swedish_ci) to a PostgreSQL (v9.0.4/the one included in OSX Lion). I'm using $ mysqldump --compatible=postgresql > ...
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Emacs c-mode can't recognize utf-8?

I need to read one C++ head file which has some Chinese and was encoded using utf-8. Emacs should recognize this encoding, but it turns out: Then, I changed it to text-mode, it works: I also ...
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Can I encrypt a username password combo before using it with cURL?

I'm making a shell script that reached out to a web service with basic auth. I don't want to have to put in my username and password every time the script runs, but I also don't want to have the combo ...
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How do I find out which language some Unicode characters belong to?

On Facebook, there are currently messages floating around with these strange chars: ก็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็ กิิิิิิิิิิิิิิิิิิิิ ก้้้้้้้้้้้้้้้้้้้ They are used to confuse the reader, because ...
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Filename becomes gibberish

Using JDownloader to download some files makes the filename looks like ".æ­·å²è¬åï¼çç æ¸¯ä¸é" on my file system. The original filename is in Chinese. Is this a encoding issue? (original encoding not ...
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How to decode email header content

When open up the header or read the raw source of an email, I see header-vales in, for example, X-Cm-Senderinfo or Thread-index to be strings of encoded text. I though they are base64 but I tried ...
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I'm trying to copy text from a PDF, but I get garbage

I'm trying to copy text from a PDF file, but I get garbage. I'm using Document Reader on Ubuntu to read the document. It's not like its not allowing me to copy, but just that the copied text looks ...
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What does this decode to?

I found this, and want to know what it decodes to and what type of encoding it is: ZGMzMGRjODlAc25hcGpveS5jb20=
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MS Office 2010 Word change character encoding

I have a document that is not written in English but in other European language and when I open it in MS Word 2010 there are several characters displayed not properly. How can I change the encoding of ...
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Which resize algorithm to choose for videos?

I'm using VirtualDub for encoding with those settings. However I record my stuff in 1920x1080 and resize it down to 1280x720. Now the question: which algorithm should I choose when making a balanced ...
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URL-encoded UTF-8 to non-English converter

I have some string like this %B8%96%E4%B0.... It's usually seen when using some file transferring tool to download and save non-Engilish filename on hard drive. The tool will convert the original ...
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Why some unicode characters are missing in charmap?

In Windows, Character Map doesn't seem to display all of the unicode characters, even if the selected font supports them, and "Character set" selector is "Unicode". For example, the small envelope ...
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Vim: Can't open a file's directory if it contains special letters

In Vim I can open the directory of an active file using this command: :silent ! start %:p:h However, if the directory contains special characters (like Scandinavian letters), I'm getting an error. ...
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Email text encoded with ASCII+1 scheme?

Something extremely strange is happening to me. I receive an email newsletter (about film news) and recently most of its text has suddenly begun to look like gibberish. The corresponding article, ...
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Non-unicode characters language in OS X

In Windows, whenever I am facing an incorrect display of non-unicode characters (for me usually Russian (Cyrillic) characters may get displayed as ancient runes =), I go to regional settings, set ...
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View Big5 File in Text Editor

I have a file encoded in Chinese Big5. Is there a text editor that I can use to view the file in Chinese? I'm on Windows. If I view the file in Notepad++ I see it decoded with my 8bit locale.
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Change excel encoding

Some ill-written program has exported an Excel file with the wrong Hebrew encoding, with cryptic strings like: ãåç ì÷åçåú äåãòåú åéîé äåìãú Using an encoding-solver site, I found out that the ...