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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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UTF8 and T61 strings, how do I see what my SSL cert uses?

How do I use the openssl x509 tool to see whether or not my strings are T61 or UTF8 encoded in the cert? Is there a better way?
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Opening a “Unicode little endian without BOM” file from the command line with WinMerge?

I have a pair of "Unicode little endian without BOM" text files that I would like to diff each another via the command line. Unfortunately when I open them using the commandline in Winmerge they come ...
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How to setup WDE-4220B ip video encoder?

I have WDE-4220B MPEG-2 Encoder with IP Output. Can anyone explain how should the setup/installation of this encoder be done? Obviously there is a software to use but I even don't know how to setup ...
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Create new file in WinSCP with UTF-8 without BOM encoding

I'm using WinSCP in order to work via SFTP with a remote server running a Linux distro. I'm also using Notepad++ (latest version) as my text editor (when editing a remote file). When I use WinSCP to ...
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the kernel module .ko files are sent as base64 encoded in thunderbird

I am participating in the Eudyptula Challenge . where they need the attachments to be sent as text/plain . I tried it through various means and had a number of problems -> gmail web ui - no facility ...
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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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WLMail displays messages correctly on screen, but prints  where there is =C2=A0 for some messages

There are many questions online related to this. And I understand that =C2=A0 stands for non-breaking space when it appears within a mime part with type: Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8 My ...
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Streaming / Transcoding failed

I installed VLC, and works well apparently, on Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 SP3, but when I streamed some video (.flv format) I get this error.- Streaming / Transcoding failed VLC could not open ...
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How to create video file from DVD

I want to take the DVD video slideshow that I got from my wedding photographer, and put the video on youtube (I have permission, I made sure to get the non-exclusive rights to use anything she created ...
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How can I find out the encoding of this corrupted Chinese text, which an online tool fixes correctly?

I have a text in Simplified Chinese, which, when read as UTF-8 begins with ´ÓºÜ¾ÃÒÔÇ°¿ªÊ¼, which the online tool from MandarinTools (first search result for Repair Corrupted Chinese Email) fixes to ...
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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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OS X: Base64 encode via command line

Is there a terminal command in Mac OS X which will base64 encode a file or stdin?
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How can I configure ffmpeg to encode h.264 video with a specific log2_max_frame_num_minus4 value?

I am working on a project where we are splicing HLS video segments. The HLS standard conveniently includes an #EXT-X-DISCONTINUITY directive to signal that the player should be ready for video that ...
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Most universal method of storing raw text? [closed]

What’s the most universal method of storing raw text? What I mean is, if I have some text, lets say “ABC,” and I stick that text into Microsoft Notepad it will encode the text using ANSI by default. ...
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Markdown files corrupted after syncing in Dropbox

I like to take notes in Markdown format and save them to Dropbox. Today I tried to open one of my note files and discovered that the file extension had been changed to ".MD.blfwiqj". When I attempted ...
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remove <200b> character from text file

I have a huge text file containing this string/character <200b> that I want to delete. I tried with sed but it didn't work. sed 's/<200b>//g' file The character never shows when I open the ...
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Can't convert encoding from us-ascii to utf-8. What am screwing up?

I'm trying to debug garbage characters that my webpages are rendering in foreign languages. I want my createpage.php in utf-8. me@host:/www/webroot$ file -bi createpage.php text/x-php; ...
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Avoid ffmpeg re encode using complex filter

I have a list of ts files that will be concatenated to being trim later and encode it in mp4. All of it is working ok... however the problem I have right now is the file is re-encoded... and that is ...
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mlmmj: convert all e-mails to UTF-8

How to convert all e-mails coming to the mailing list into UTF-8 using mlmmj? The major reason for me to do that is that I need to use the predefined UTF-8 footer, which may not be compatible to the ...
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Skipping a frame without re-encoding H.264 video

I have an mp4/h.264 video which only contains I-Frames. I want to skip one of those I-frame without re-encoding the entire video. I tried this: ffmpeg -i "file.mp4" -vf select='not(eq(n\,10))' ...
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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 ...
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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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Lowest possible CPU/GPU use for screensaver encode for mac (with handbreak or other free / cheap video encoders)

Similar to What video codec puts the CPU/GPU under the least possible load while decoding? I want to know what is the best option for a 2014 15 retina mac pro. I tried MPEG 2 and it won't go as a S/S ...
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Set CSV import default to UTF-8 in Calc

Every time I open a CSV (comma separated values) document in OpenOffice.org Calc I get a dialog with CSV preferences. The current default character set is "Eastern Europe (ISO-8859-2)". I would ...
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Ffmpeg chain references to other parts of the command for dynamic watermark size

I have been reading the ffmpeg documents for a while now. But I can't seem to wrap my mind around how the filters, naming and backreferences work. Or whether what I want is even possible. I am ...
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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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Understanding terminal locales

I am looking into terminal customisation, and in particular text encodings. I understand the differences between the UTF-* encodings, and the differences between different encoding types, generally ...
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Accented character issue

I have a bunch of websites encoded in UTF-8. They contain accents and those weird n's with the squiggles over them and all kinds of fun stuff. When I try and open them in any text editor, even ...
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decompress ZIP with given encoding

I got ZIP file(s), which contains files, which filenames are in some encoding. Let's say I know encoding of those filenames, but I still dont know how to properly decompress them. Here is example ...
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Improper Encoding in Chrome

I started to get this weird issue with chrome (latest) where specific characters would be displayed as other characters. Here is one example so instead of < and > it displays W (with the ...
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Determine The Encoding of a specific character in Word 2010

I'm having a problem with a generated document (coming from crystal reports engine). Initially hyphens are visible but if the text is copied and pasted with "keep text only" option or "remove ...
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Change default code page of Windows console to UTF-8

Currently I'm running Windows 7 x64 and usually I want all console tools to work with UTF-8 rather than with default code page 850. Running chcp 65001 in the command prompt prior to use of any tools ...
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Is it possible to change the default encoding in notepad? [duplicate]

On windows 7 (x64), the default option, for saving text files in notepad is ANSI. One can select other encoding from the combo box, however, I'd like this option to be the default.
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How can I tell what the character encoding of a string of text is?

Troubleshooting an irritating password issue. There's an application we are using that requires a login; I type in the password, it tells me it's wrong. If I open a password manager and copy and ...
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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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Video encoding: How much does the video file size increase with fps?

Given that the next blockbusters of e.g. Peter Jackson (The Hobbit) and James Cameron (Avatar 2) are going to be shot with a frame rate of 48 fps (or even more) - i.e. more than the usual 24 fps - I ...
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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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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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filename encoding for windows and linux

My laptop has dual boot systems, one is win7, another is Arch linux, they share a disk. And I downloaded some files into the shared disk in Arch Linux, whose filenames contain Chinese, Korean and ...
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File names garbled in rar archive, possibly double utf8 encoded? Can't figure out how to reverse

I'm trying to restore the uploads folder of a wordpress installation. The folder went through some combination of ftp or sftp transfer and got compressed by rar. (I don't know the exact process, it ...
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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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.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? ...
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ffmpeg error when encoding h264 mp4 video

I'm trying to do a simple encoding of an mp4 in h264 to mp4 but I keep getting the error: Error while opening encoder for output stream #0:0 - maybe incorrect parameters such as bit_rate, rate, width ...
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Error: Unknown Error Encoding File

After recording my screen with Expression Screen Recorder, I have tried to encode it with Expression Encoder so that I can use the videos with Adobe Premiere Pro. I try to encode them, but when each ...
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What is the best way to reencode a video with Xvid?

What is the best way to reencode a video with Xvid? I used FFmpeg in the past (I havent tried using FFmpeg with Xvid however - does FFmpeg keep up with Xvid releases?). With FFmpeg I either need to ...
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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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Excel 2010 PowerPivot: How do I avoid apostrophes being displayed as ’?

When I import a text file to PowerPivot containing apostrophes, they are automatically converted to ’. I've been manually correcting the few that I find in the PowerPivot window, however when I do ...
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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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ffmpeg - h264 - multiple resolutions without scaling

I have an MP4 which contains an H264/AVC stream, which contains multiple resolutions. Below is the output of mediainfo on this file: General Complete name : known.mp4 ...