Nov 24

We were recently setting up an automated data transfer for a client. Standard sort of thing with a file being periodically copied from one server to another, then processed on that server. When we tested it we found the processing was failing.

Closer investigation revealed the issue was that the file transferred from client server was using UTF-16 encoding and the processing was UTF-8. There was no need for the files to be in UTF-16 so the solution was to convert them to UTF-8. To achieve that we used the iconv utility using the following syntax

iconv --from-code UTF-16 --to-code UTF-8 input_utf16.xml > output_utf8.xml

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Feb 03

You can find the Fedora core release number in /etc/redhat-release

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Sep 24

If you are having problems getting sound working on with Ubuntu on your Sony Vaio laptop then it may be caused by the External Amplifier being switched on. This was the case for me when I recently installed Jaunty on my VGN-T37GP.

To turn the External Amplifier off do the following.

Open the Volume Control
Goto Edit>Preferences and check External Amplifier
Goto new Switches tab in Volume Control and switch External Amplifier off

With some luck you should now have sound working on your laptop.

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