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How much larger does UUENCODE make binary files?

I remember reading somewhere that any binary files sent attached to an email must be first UUENCODEd, which makes the file sizes considerably larger, hence why it's better to send files via some other ...
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How to export html from emacs org-mode that can be opened in Microsoft Word

I created an HTML file using Emacs (org-mode export), which I want to open in Microsoft Word. However, Word says it cannot open the file. In the details of the error message, it says: Reference ...
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What is wrong with these filenames?

I can't seem to get my filenames in a format that is recognizable. I originally had them in ANSI format and tried to convert them to UTF-8, but they are still not recognizable. The filenames are in ...
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PHP exec iconv doesn't work

I have an .sh script and an iconv command inside. I can't use the PHP iconv function. I don't knwo why but with my script the iconv command doesn't do anything. It's creating an empty file without ...
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Convert ANSI text file(s) to UTF8 on Windows command line

I would like to convert (an) ANSI-encoded text file(s) (Win 1252) to UTF8 without BOM, ideally via a command-line call. My use-case: I export .tex files from Stata which I want to compile with ...
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Change encoding of txt file

When I write : file file1.txt I have this output : Little-endian UTF-16 Unicode text, with CR line terminators Then if I write : file file2.txt I have : ASCII text file2.txt is created by ...
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How to switch back text encoding to UTF-8 with emacs?

Suddenly some of my text files, I'm editing with Emacs had changed and special characters were shown in a strange way, e. g. \344 instead of ä \374 instead of ü ... and so on. In another file I now ...
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Where do I find the character encoding of a Word document?

I'm working with the Smooks framework for Java and having an issue when loading in a Word document. The document is from a non-english source and I need to figure out what the character encoding is. ...
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Firefox displays weird encoding icons on websites like GitHub

On Mozilla Firefox (on GNU/Linux) with default font and UTF-8 encoding, I am seeing some websites, such as GitHub, display weird characters across the page. Under a different browser, such as ...
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Excel csv encoding default

Ok here's the deal I exported a csv in UTF-16 format via PHP and open it in excel...All the encoding works perfectly. My question is, suppose I edit this csv and then just hit save in excel and ...
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How to bulk-rename files with invalid encoding or bulk-replace invalid encoded characters?

I have a debian server and I'm hosting music for an internet radio station. I have trouble with file names and paths because a lot of files got an invalid encoding, for example: ./music/Bändname - ...
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Save UTF-8 without BOM Visual Studio 2012

It seems that Visual Studio 2012 hates UTF-8 without BOM and always adds it, resulting in an empty line in PHP pages. How can I change the encoding to UTF-8 without BOM (or at least to Unicode...)
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Fix encoding of German umlauts in directories and filenames (ü = u╠ê and so on)

I have many zip-files where there are encoding errors for the German umlauts (äüöÄÜÖß). They show up in both the filename.zip as well as in the included directories and files like this: Fünf = ...
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Can Outlook 2007 tell me which encoding an email is in?

I'm having an issue (in a different application) with an email supposedly in UTF-7 encoding. If I have received that email in my Outlook 2007 inbox, can Outlook confirm the encoding of the email? ...
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What video codec puts the CPU/GPU under the least possible load while decoding?

I'm interested in transcoding a video I own for use as a screensaver; size isn't an issue, but I want to stress the processor and video card as little as possible as far as video decoding goes. What ...
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Keep formatting while pasting to Visual Studio 2012

I'm having trouble keeping special formatting while copying from Notepad++ to Visual Studio 2012. I can't paste it here either, so I've made some images. Notepad++ Notepad The characters in ...
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How to convert .it file to .mp3? [closed]

I tried numerous googlings, but found only software that isn't free. I did this once, but I forgot how! What is the free app to do this?
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How does the Java VM determine its default file.encoding?

I'm running a Java program on Mac OS X 10.8 (from the Terminal), and the Java VM's file.encoding is defaulting to "SJIS". I even tried a tiny Java program that does nothing but print out the system ...
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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 : Start -> Run -> regedit 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 the encoding from ANSI to UTF-8 (without BOM), saving, closing, re-loading – then checking encoding: ...
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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 ...