A re-occuring problem I have had with computers is encodings. As an English speaker I have not need anything except ASCII, but all the same it is annoying when I can't read some Korean spam.
So on my system I have changed some things:
sudo dpkg-reconfigure locales
My bash locale is now"
hendry@bilbo:/tmp$ printenv | grep -i utf LC_ALL=en_GB.UTF-8 LANG=en_GB.UTF-8 LC_CTYPE=en_GB.UTF-8
I've added a couple of lines to my editor config .vimrc
set encoding=utf-8 set fileencoding=utf-8
And my mailer mutt (mutt-utf8 package in Debian!) config .muttrc
In Gnome's preferred applications(under desktop preferences -> advanced) for Terminal I've put uxterm. Update: Don't use Gnome. Use something like Ion instead, and setup the terminal emulator system wide, like so:
sudo update-alternatives --config x-terminal-emulator