When does 0 + 4 = 1?

I received a good question today from a developer who asked: Why should one not use pointer arithmetic for string length calculation, access to string elements, or string manipulation ? The main reason pointer arithmetic is not a good idea is that not all characters are represented by the same number of bytes.  For example…

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Transliteration Utility Released

In the world today, several languages (like Serbian and Bosnian) use two or more different scripts (like Latin and Cyrillic) to represent their written languages. There are times when people would like to either type in one script but produce the other or be able to convert from one script to the other without retyping…

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Take me home (I really mean home where I live).

Got an interesting questions from someone who bought there computer with Windows XP loaded on it in the United Kingdom.  They ask, “My desktop PC was purchased in UK but now I live in US. However microsoft.com and google.com still treat me as having a GB locale. How do I force US locale?” What is…

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English web-pages on a Japanese version of Windows

Got an intersting question the other day on viewing English Pages on a Japanese version of Windows.  It said, “I’m English speaking in Japan. My laptop has Windows XP Professional (Japanese). I’ve a major problem with Microsoft websites – most of the pages come in Japanese. For example – when I access Windows Live Ideas…

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Global Development and Deployment Conference 2006?

In 2004, Microsoft held its first ever Global Development and Deployment Conference (GDDC 2004).  It was dedicated to the development and deployment of international solutions using Microsoft technologies. It featured sessions on creating solutions that are localizable and easily adapted for sale and deployment all over the world.  Besides the classes, the other feature we…

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Name that Unattended Installed TimeZone

I got a question today if it was possible to set the TimeZone of a computer via the Unattended installation process. Well the answer is yes, but it is sometimes hard to find out how.  So, I thought I would drop this here to help make it easier to find.  Below you will see an…

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www.microsoft.com/globaldev INPUT

Most of you know that besides this blog, I have a website www.microsoft.com/globaldev dedicated to the dispersing of international information for developers, IT pros and end users.   I would like to ask you the readers what you find positive about the site, what at the site really has no value for you and what could we…

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"Help, I’m locked out of login by Thai keyboard"

A while back I got the following plea for help: My default keyboard language has been English for login. Some how it was switch to Thai and I do not have a Thai user login.  I don’t know how to switch back to an English language keyboard so I can log back in my desktop. I have tried…

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Dr. International’s Friend at PDC ’05

Have questions about how globalization, localization and Multilingual User Interface (MUI) will look like in Windows Vista? Look up my friend Edward Ye who is in the Fundamentals area in the Track Lounges thoughout this week. Ed is a program manager for MUI features in Windows since Windows 2000 and can answer your questions about Windows…

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Orlando Day 4 (Thursday)

Two more days to go in Orlando. Soon Dr. International will be back in the Pacific Northwest, just in time to miss Tropical Storm Arlene. Even though Arlene is not forecasted to hit Orlando, Dr. International still decided to play it safe, especially now that Dr. International became famous. The Pod Casting Crew came by and did…

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