filterThe strings utility is used to extract printable strings from binary files.  This can often provide insight into a particular file, as well as yielding a fair amount of gobbledygook.

I find it useful to pipe the strings output into grep.  For example:

strings filename | egrep -i "[a-z]{2,}"

I prefer the extended regular expression syntax, so i used egrep which is the same as grep -E.  The -i option tells grep to ignore case (upper/lower).  In the search pattern, [a-z] specifies any letter, and {2,} specifies at least two occurrences.   The resulting output will include only lines that have at least two regular letters.  This will save you from having to scan through chunks of output like this:

^ H

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