Locale Builder v2.0 for Windows 8.1/Server 2012 R2 Released!

There’s a new Locale Builder for creating your own custom locales live on the Download Center at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=41158.  The direct link to the setup exe is http://download.microsoft.com/download/C/6/8/C68BDDC5-50CB-47E1-9EF7-B5651D68BDDF/LocaleBuilderSetup.exe  Locale Builder 2.0 is designed primarily for Windows 8.1/Server 2012 R2, including a few new data fields for those locales.  The constructed locales might work OK on previous versions, or…


Lego L3-G0

Not work related, but my latest Lego project is L3-G0, a Lego brick R2-D2…. http://L3-G0.blogspot.com


LCIDs vs Locale Names and the deprecation of LCIDs.

As Windows XP nears the end of its extended support (see lifecycle fact sheet), I thought I’d mention Locale Names again.  I’ve been asking for years for people to use locale names, but now we’re reaching a step closer to deprecating LCIDs. In the modern and managed worlds we’ve been using Locale Names/Culture Names/Language Names for some…


How does IE handle the IDN2008 RFCs?

I’ve had a couple questions about the IE/Windows behavior for IDNA2008 so I thought I’d address that a bit.  The simple answer for IE is that it just calls the windows IDN apis: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd318142(v=vs.85).aspx When we moved from IDNA2003 to IDNA2008, we had to consider some compatibility issues, most of which are described in Unicode’s UTS#46. IDNA2008 removed…


Testing for NLS sorting/collation behavior changes when calling JetAttachDatabase

The JetAttachDatabase function’s JET_bitDbDeleteCorruptIndexes and JET_bitDbDeleteUnicodeIndexes options help assist applications in upgrading indexes due to underlying OS collation/sorting behavior changes. When the operating system’s Unicode sorting version changes, that changes the behavior of collation of the system.  In those cases, database indexes need to be reindexed in order to ensure that they are accurate.  Fortunately…


pIqaD Font for Bing’s Klingon Translator

[Halloween, 2013, updated link, Bing fixed the script code for pIqaD] People have asked me where to get a pIqaD font to use with Bing’s Klingon Translator http://www.bing.com/translator/?from=en&to=tlh-Qaak&text=Hello%20Earth,%20I%20made%20the%20font That’s actually a font I made.  (I’m not a font designer, so it has some rough spots, but it seems to work for most purposes). The pIqaD…


Bing Translator, Klingon High Council, and Klingon Language Institute announce support for Klingon as a Bing Translator Option!

The Bing Translator folks have announced support for Klingon as a translator option.   This was also proclaimed by the Klingon High Council. I’ve blogged about making a Windows Klingon Custom Locale and Klingon font fallback for the Windows 8 lock screen, and now you can translate all those Klingon web pages too! You’ll never guess who gave them the font 😉 -Shawn  


Windows 8 Media Center and my Clock

Something strange happened on my Windows 8 Media Center computer.  I didn’t really realize it because the computer’s clock is “always right”, right?  But I slowly started missing more and more of the beginning of my recorded TV shows.  Then, after several months, I realized that the clock on my computer was drifting. That seemed weird. After all, it’s…


Slowing down searchfilterhost.exe on my Media Center box when Xbox 360 Extender is attached

I noticed an oddity with Media Center Extenders that didn’t work very well with my system, and was causing my computer’s SearchFilterHost.exe to unnecessarily re-index a bunch of stuff in my media libraries.  I’m not on the Media Center team, but I poked around and found out some stuff. Whenever you connect an extender, there’s…