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From my Bookmarks: More Terminology

Yes, I am still using bookmarks. Over the years, my bookmarking system has grown into a highly functional system of folders and sub-folders. I back up my bookmarks regularly to an area on my hard drive that itself is automatically backed up to the cloud and onto my external hard drive. In recent months, I have been working on print material and website translations for manufacturers of...

Virtually Private

With the disclosure of widespread spying on telephone calls and Internet connections in the U.S. and Europe (and I am sure that the rest of world isn’t far behind, although nobody talks about that), reality has far surpassed my long-held paranoia about e-mail and file security. So much has the issue of data protection moved into the public consciousness, that even the German...

A Rising Tide

Thank heavens for the Internet. For translators, it has made researching subjects in their target language easier than ever. It was not so long ago that I had to buy countless dictionaries, reference books, and magazine subscriptions, just to keep my head above water. Today, the Internet is my major go-to resource. However, clouds have appeared on the horizon. More and more I find that...

High-Speed Internet in Kansas

Despite claims such as “x times faster,” Internet service providers usually never quite say faster than what, and the actual speed of data transmission is subject to a whole bunch of factors out of the customer’s control. With the enormous growth of subscribers to its video streaming system, Netflix has some understandable interest in the real-life delivery speed of...

Filter Bubble

Ever had the feeling the Internet is showing you what it thinks you want to see, but not necessarily what you need to see? The algorithmic editing of the web, as practiced by Google and many other feedback-centered services, tends to serve up what we like, the information dessert, so to speak, whereas we should be eating our information vegetables as well. Eli Pariser, board president...

New Twist

Oh comment spam! My spam blocker detected and quarantined roughly 80,000 pieces of comment spam over the past 12 months. Before deleting the messages, I usually take a quick look to make sure that no legitimate piece was blocked by mistake. Usually there aren’t any. What I noticed was that there have been content trends. For a while, almost all spam was written in the Cyrillic...

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