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Having fun with Google translate

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

By now it probably has become common knowledge that you can use google translate to entertain yourself with some beatbox sounds. The google translate blog points to a few other very creative uses of the tool, such as ordering food in Hindi, singing a Taiwanese song, understand what your pet has been trying to tell you.



I’ve been reminded of my old linklist of open-source tools for translators

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

The website, run by a German publishing house, is one of the most important sources of information for all things IT in Germany. They are also the makers behind the magazine “C’T” – a near must-read for German IT professionals. I am mentioning this here, because I have recently noticed that they have published a good article on open-source software for translators:

One of the links on the second page of the article points to my old link collection of open-source software, tools, and utilities for translators (also in German: DE). There is a reason why the site with the link collection isn’t active anymore and has been replaced by this blog: I haven’t had the time to properly maintain the list for the past few years. A lot has happened since it was last updated. However, quite a few of the links are still valid and the reader might discover something valuable. So, have a look around.

(And whenever I find the time, I will convert the stuff to a Wiki so that the maintenance work doesn’t rest on my shoulders alone :)   )


iPhone and IMAP – a little trick

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

Minor annoyances, when consciously observed and acted on, can lead to great positive change.

Checking various email addresses in a number of environments (iPhone, private Macbook, work Macbook, webmail), I found myself annoyed by the following: emails that I had read on one device would still be marked as unread on other devices. I had heard of the IMAP standard (as opposed to POP/SMTP), whereby the clients are kept in synch with the server instead of downloading emails. Re-configuring the email providers and email clients was quick enough.

However, I ran into a problem with the iPhone: For some reason, when entering the account details, the iPhone will auto-select the account to be a POP account. Now here is the trick: This auto-selection only works, if you enter the _correct_ account details. So, in order to self-select IMAP over POP, I misspelled the password and – tada – the iPhone presented me with the full config details of the account and I was able to select IMAP.
Just in case, anyone else runs into the same problem…