The fine art of converting letters into numbers. ASCII, ISO Latin-1, Unicode, EBCDIC… There are dozens of currently used encodings and converting between them is now a witch craft.

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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 ...
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Windows 7 and UTF-8 saving and display in programs

I just got a new system, Windows 7 Home Premium, installed Notepad++ and used it for a few days. I wrote some html/php files in Chinese, saved as UTF-8 without BOM. Uploaded to server and tested, all ...
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Arabic subtitle files (srt) encoding is corrupted on windows 7

i copied some arabic subtitle files from a friend and when trying to view them on windows 7 home premium with notepad the texts appears as follows: ÃíåÇ ÇáÓÇÏÉ ÃäÇ ÇáÂä Úáì æÔß ÅÑÓÇá ÅÔÇÑÉ ãä åÐÇ ...
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Extracting and re-combining audio from a video

I'm fed up with Vegas, Premiere, Pinnacle, SoundForge and all of the other editors I've tried. I'm trying to modify the audio of an AVI file, but all of the editors I've tried insist on re-encoding ...
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Media Encoder w\ Merge Files & SandyBridge Hardware Encoding Support

So i have a Z68 chipset that allows Quick Sync encoding on my i7 processor. I want a media encoder that supports both Hardware encoding and allows me to "merge files". My problem is Fraps breaks my ...
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Why do some PDF documents appear garbled and unreadable in OS X Preview?

I occasionally come across some PDF documents which are unreadable on a Mac when using the standard OS X Preview. They work OK in Adobe Reader, but not in Preview. Does anyone know what the cause of ...
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Decent profile for transcoding to webm and mp4 files with ffmpeg [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What bunch of ffmpeg scripts do I need to run “Video for everybody”? I am in the process of converting large, high quality, mxf container files (using mpeg-1 ...
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Default outgoing email encoding for Thunderbird 7.x and later [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Change Thunderbird default encoding? How can I force Thunderbird 7.x to use UTF-8 as the default encoding for outgoing emails? Superuser has an answered question Change ...
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Best Handbrake settings for encoding TV shows

Been using Handbrake since it's the fastest and easiest program for me to understand as I'm not a real A/V guy and I'm getting some under par results from it when it comes to TV shows. I see episodes ...
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Compressing a bunch of HTMLs into one PDF

I have a lot of HTML files (webpages, saved with FireFox as one <filename>.html file and a <filename>_files directory with statics). How can i compress them into one large PDF file with ...
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What are the standard encodings in today's operating systems?

What are the standard encodings in Mac, Unix and others? I know that if my friend who uses Windows sends me a file, it'll most probably be encoded in cp1251. So in emacs, I can do: ...
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“poor” video encoding performance of the i5 2500k under Linux

I'm running Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty), with an i5 2500k (not overclocked) and a z68 board. I'm trying to encode DVD quality VOB files to the iPhone preset in Handbrake, but in mkv format. I'm currently ...
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Naming confusion : Why it is not called Decoding but Encoding in every browser?

In browsers such as Firefox, Chrome and IE, there is an option called Encoding. It is used to decode the HTML documents into different languages. As far as I know, say, if I choose, "Encoding ...
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View properly file names inside a ZIP file in windows 1251(cyrillic) encoding

I have a zip file where directory and file names ( thousands of files ) are encoded in Windows 1251, according to its creator. I.e. the filenames contain Russian or Cyrillic letters. My Windows XP SP3 ...
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Transcoding digital camera generated MOVs to AVI to reduce file size without compromising the quality further

My older digital camera used to make low quality 100MB+ (for 5 - 6 mins of video) MOV files for videos I took I have around 70GB of these videos and I would like to bring them into a managable size ...
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Why does encoding a video using the MJPEG codec take longer than MPEG-4?

I am testing the encoding performance (MPEG-4 and MJPEG) of a smart camera. I have written an application in OpenCV/FFMPEG for performing encoding, where the application captures images from the ...
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DVDfab encoding error

I'm trying to use the DVD ripper that comes with DVDfab 8.1 to encode .mp4 video with single pass. I selected the first chapter, which is about 2 minutes long. When the conversion starts and gets ...
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How bitrate changes with screen size

I'm trying to DVDrip a 320x240 screen .m4v video. Is there some way to mathematically know the bitrate for the required screen size so that there will be no distortions and you can know the closest ...
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Video encoding for mobile: How do I choose FPS and bit rate?

I'm going to encode a video from DVD to mobile supported format (mp4, flv, H.263). For a 320x240 screen if I choose around 600 kb/s, how would I know FPS that I want? How is the bitrate is related to ...
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White Question Mark in Black Diamond

We are all familiar with the white question mark inside of a black diamond (�) when there is an encoding issue. Does this 'character' have an offical name? Or is it only referred to as the 'white ...
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Batch encode multiple webfont files into a CSS file?

I want to batch encode several .otf font files into a single CSS file. To my understanding, base64 embedded .otf fonts can be read by most browsers. Since Font-Squirrel's @font-face generator doesn't ...
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Terminal in OS X Lion: can't write åäö on remote machine

Can't type åäö on the command line when ssh'ing to a Debian machine. It works locally though. Changing 'Declare terminal as' to 'xterm-color' doesn't seem to help, either.
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change mp4 `ftyp` from `isom` to `mp42`

Will I be able to change the ftyp of an mp4 file? I have two mp4 files and placed it unto media info to see what is the difference. The other mp4 plays on my sansa fuze device while the other does ...
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Open source tool to merge videos (VCD CD, DVD chapters) without losing too much data prior to encoding

Is there an opensource tool to merge videos alongside with encoding. Merge in a sense to merge vcd cd1 and vcd cd2. or to merge different chapters of dvd. can handbrake do this?
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How to auto detect text file encoding?

There are many plain text files which were encoded in variant charsets. I want to convert them all to UTF-8, but before running iconv, I need to know its original encoding. Most browsers have an ...