How to convert Zarnegar files to RTF or HTML formats

By Eric Bright

Solution

1- Download Zar2RTF from here:

http://dl.noorsoft.org/download/free/Zar2RTFConv.zip

Several other mirrors (disable your pop-up blocker so you will get the file properly. Please let me know if any of the following links are dead):

http://tinyurl.com/ofanst9
http://tinyurl.com/kqu65g3
http://tinyurl.com/ngbtad4
http://tinyurl.com/kq23pyt

2- Use the software inside the zip archive to convert your Zarnegar files to RTF or HTML

3- The converter keeps the line-breaks of the original Zarnegar file by using soft return in Word. It can be edited out with finding and replacing all instances of ^l with blank (^l is a regular expression. So, make sure that the option for “Regular expressions” is checked in your find-and-replace dialogue box. Use \n in LibreOffice and OpenOffice instead).

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Please cite this article as: Bright, Eric. (2014) How to convert Zarnegar files to RTF or HTML formats. BlogSophy. http://sophy.ca/blog/2014/08/how-to-convert-zarnegar-files-to-rtf-or-html-formats/

Pay a higher fee or suffer

Fast Lane means pay a higher fee or suffer:

Without net neutrality ISPs will have enormous incentives to keep regular customers hostage until they pay up higher fees to access the Internet; that is to say: pay a higher fee or suffer.

If a pay-to-play Internet becomes reality, most of us will left behind while the money-cow moves to the more expensive plans and packages offered by ISPs. ISPs will start to favour them and neglect the rest of us who might not be able to afford the new fees. So, inadvertently it shifts the ISPs away from net neutrality into a discriminating Internet.

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Please cite this article as: Bright, Eric. (2014) Pay a higher fee or suffer. BlogSophy. http://sophy.ca/blog/2014/05/pay-a-higher-fee-or-suffer/

How to digitally sign an e-mail – Updated

I made a post in 2009 explaining how to digitally sign an e-mail with FireGPG. Unfortunately, “FireGPG is discontinued” and no longer supports Gmail. So, we need to do it differently now.

Objective: To sign your out-going emails through an on-line email provider such as Gmail or Yahoo mail.

Operation Systems: Any.

Browsers: Firefox or Chrome.

Add-on or extension for the browser: Mailvelop (get it from http://www.mailvelope.com/)

It works with: Gmail, Yahoo mail, Hotmail, and most other on-line, email providers.

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Please cite this article as: Bright, Eric. (2014) How to digitally sign an e-mail – Updated. BlogSophy. http://sophy.ca/blog/2014/03/how-to-digitally-sign-an-e-mail-updated/

Installing and Updating Portable Firefox Nightly

This is easy. You can do it in only a few steps.

Portable Applications (or PA for short) already has portable Firefox and portable Firefox Beta. A few other websites also create their own packages, including Nightly builds, to be installed in your portable app folder. But, PA does not support Firefox Nightly build. So you have to do it yourself.

There is a page on the PA forums that tells you what to do in order to install your own portable Firefox Nightly build. and here is what it says:

  1. Go to http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/nightly/latest-trunk/ and download the latest trunk in zip version
  2. Use 7-Zip Portable to extract the contents of the zip file
  3. Copy the contents from the folder firefox to [Firefox Portable Install Folder]\App\firefox

Just remember that PortableApps.com doesn’t support nightly builds, and there’s no guarantee that it won’t let any traces behind after you close it.

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Please cite this article as: Eric (2012) Installing and Updating Portable Firefox Nightly. BlogSophy. http://sophy.ca/blog/2012/06/installing-and-updating-portable-firefox-nightly/

StupidFile! – Cannot Delete File On Desktop

Written by Eric Bright

Updated on November 11, 2014

Objective: removing an apparently irremovable file or folder.

Affected OS: Windows 98, 2000, XP, Vista, and Windows 7 (Win 8 is not confirmed yet)

Symptoms:

You have a FOLDER on your desktop with a FILE in it, which you cannot delete.

You’re given this message:

"Cannot read from the source file or disk."

Possible “solutions” that might not work:

  • You downloaded Process Explorer and examined every single process running in memory to find a sign of a program that may be using _something_ in that folder. You closed all programs, every resident applications, and all running processes that can be closed. You also closed even some of Windows process and stopped as many services as possible; no sign of any file handle to anything related to that folder… result: negative.
  • You have uninstalled many programs that you suspect they may cause the problem;… negative.
  • You tried to do “Open with…” then created a file with the same name, saved over the existing one… with no luck.
  • You have no Spyware, no virus and nothing suspicious at all.
  • You did chkdsk c: /f, RegSeeker, NortonDiskDoctor, Regedit (see also this), and lots of command line instructions that you read in forums;… negative (in regedit, you cannot even see any entry with the same name as that stupid file in your Windows registry.) (more about chkdsk.)
  • In the end, before installing a fresh damn Windows, why don’t you try this one:

Last resort:

At a cmd prompt type the following:

RD /S /Q [drive:] path

Example:

[on Windows XP]

C:\Documents and Settings[your log-in name]\Desktop\>RD /S /Q foldername

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Please cite this article as: Bright, Eric. (2012) StupidFile! – Cannot Delete File On Desktop. BlogSophy. http://sophy.ca/blog/2012/06/stupidfile-cannot-delete-file-on-desktop/

Ubuntu and the Unity Paradigm

Copyright © 2011 by Eric Bright. All rights reserved.

The first few days with Ubuntu 11.10 and its Unity

My system crashed completely. Everything in my Win7 installation is useless now. After saving my documents and whatnot from my dead Win7 installation using Ubuntu, now I’m thinking of giving up on Windows. I’m sick of it now. I’m sure Linux is going to give me a lot of headache and nightmares too, but in a long run, I think it’s the right decision to move away from Windows. I’m going to need a lot of help with stuffs in Ubuntu in near future and I’m counting on you. Wish me luck.

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Please cite this article as: Eric (2011) Ubuntu and the Unity Paradigm. BlogSophy. http://sophy.ca/blog/2011/10/ubuntu-and-the-unity-paradigm/

The big brother…

It’s time to download and use the tor browser again, and some e-mail encryption apps. Welcome to the police-state of the federations of Canada a.k.a. 1984.

Please cite this article as: Bright, Eric. (2011) The big brother…. BlogSophy. http://sophy.ca/blog/2011/09/the-big-brother/

How to digitally sign an e-mail

Written by Eric Bright

How to sign an e-mail message

Last update on August 29, 2013

2nd updated on August 25, 2011

First published on Feb 3, 2009

[UPDATE: This solution would not work with Gmail any longer, because the Firefox add-on that I was using at the time is not supported any more. Read the instructions for the updated method of signing your email here]

Requirements:

  • Operating systems: Win XP, Vista, or 7
  • Softwares: GnuPG, Firefox, FireGPG (it’s a Firefox add-on), GPGshell
  • A gmail account
  • Enough time

Go to Tools > Add-ons > Get add-ons

Search this: FireGPG [UPDATE: this extension is discontinued. It will not work with Gmail any more because the Gmail support is removed from the extension. Here is the blog-post explaining the discontinuation.]

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Please cite this article as: Bright, Eric. (2009) How to digitally sign an e-mail. BlogSophy. http://sophy.ca/blog/2009/02/how-to-digitally-sign-an-e-mail/