Santhosh Pillai

Globalization challenges... one at a time.

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    Extracting Text from PSD Files

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    Localizers often need to extract text from PSD (Photoshop) files, translate them, and put the text back in the PSD files in the appropriate places (layers). I haven’t personally seen anyone using a tool to do this. Is there any tool that can extract and...
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    Kinsoku, anyone?

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    I should admit that I am a little rusty as my last post was a while ago. I am interested to find out what content providers do to avoid Japanese Kinsoku issues. This page has a lot of details, but apart from specifying line-break="strict", are there...
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    Media Center SDK Vista Beta 2

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    Media Center SDK for Windows Vista Beta 2 is now available here for download. The good news is that you do NOT have to be a beta participant to get the SDK now. Install it, try it, and report any problems that you may have. You can leave a comment...
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    Indeo Codec & XP SP2

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    Do you have an AVI file encoded with Indeo codec that stopped displaying video when accessed from a share when your client is XP SP2? That's because XP SP2 blocked the content because of a security problem with the codec. If you should access the content...
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    Account Protection, Baby!

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    So, here I am calling up my credit card company to have my address changed (well, I tried online, and failed to login for some reason). After changing the address, she goes: “do you want to add account protection to your card?” Me: “Yes...
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    Calling C++ Unmanaged Class from C#

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    This may be a no-brainer, but I thought I'd post it anyway. If you have a C++ class in an unmanaged dll what is the best way to call it from C#? 1. You need to wrap the C++ class in a COM object or expose the class through dll exports. Managed code...
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    P/Invoke: Should it be this hard?

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    Obviously, no! We are trying everything we can to make it less painful for the developers. Most of the time, the hard question is whether or not the P/Invoke signature is accurate. Now that we have a sample that shows P/Invoke signature for methods...
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    Hard to Find a Technical Resource? Think About Microsoft Developer Support!

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    I often see questions like this in various forums: We are about start the coding phase of our project. We would like to validate our architecture against someone with expertise in DCOM/Remoting/--Add your technology here--. We probably need a week...
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    DCOM: Is there a way to get the IP of the DCOM client from the DCOM server?

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    Another FAQ. Short answer: may be. Shorter answer: no. To be honest: no supported way. CoQueryClientBlanket() will give "some information", such as the user name and domain name, but unfortunately, there is no way of obtaining the client machine name...
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    Post your Remoting questions in microsoft.public.dotnet.framework.remoting

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    As I look through the feedback for my post, I thought it may be a good idea that I propose this: feel free to post your Remoting related questions in microsoft.public.dotnet.framework.remoting newsgroup. The newsgroup is pretty active with some MS guys...
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    Error: The type is not supported because it implements IDictionary.

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    Ferris Beuller asked me in response to my previous post: Why can the serializer not serialize types that implement IDictionary? SortedList in types cannot be serialized, you get an InvalidOperationException with the innerexception of {"The type System...
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    So, What's the Deal with SerializationException in Remoting & TypeFilterLevel?

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    Applications that used to work well in Framework 1.0 give System.Runtime.Serialization.SerializationException when run under Framework 1.1. The exception has this format: System.Runtime.Serialization.SerializationException: Because of security restrictions...
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    About Me: Santhosh Pillai

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    My Name is Santhosh Pillai. I am a Technical Lead in the Microsoft Developer Support Organization. Till recently I used to support OLE, COM, DCOM, .NET Remoting, and COM Interop technologies. I am moving to Multimedia support soon, but most of the posts...
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