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Convert .t1 Font to Truetype Font, Convert Macintosh Fonts to Windows Font on Windows for Free

You can convert fonts from .t1 to .TTF for free Its easy to convert a font from Mac to Windows and if you are like me where this will only happen once in a blue moon then you  can download a trial version of CrossFont to get the job done. One warning is that the font will not always look the same. You can convert the font to a couple different formats including PFB+PFM(PC PS Type 1 Font), AFM (ASCII Font Metric), or OTF (OpenType CFF Font). I tried both PFB+PFM and OTF and found that for the font I was converting that PFB+PFM looked much better when used with Adobe Photoshop.

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How to Get Information About A Stuck Process with strace

Sometimes a process will get stuck in a loop on a server either because it has run out of memory, buggy code has been pushed live, or any other number of reasons. One of the first steps in this situation before killing (kill -9) the process should be to try to figure out why the process is looping. This can be done with strace. Use the below command to gain more information about the PID (Process ID).

To output the information to your shell.


  1. [root@server ~]#strace -p <pid>

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How to Customize Taragana Translator Plugin Pro, English Flag Has Incorrect Link

The Taragana Translator Plugin is the best translation software I have found for WordPress . Not only is it easily customizable but for only $30 you can have your entire blog translated into 13 languages in less than 15 minutes. It is however beneficial to customize some of the settings and especially to add a bit to the design. I prefer having the flags appe ar at the top of the center column of a three column WordPress layout. Below I have listed some tips on how to easily customize the display of the flags.

The first thing to do is have display the actual flags. The major holdup I had was the home flag, in my case the English or US flag, was not displaying the correct link. No matter what I did it would display the URL of the translation I was currently using. So if I was viewing a German translation page then the US flag would display / de . I finally figured out that you have to wrap your flag display with text to not translate a section of co de . The text to use for not translating is shown below in an example.