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What Are The Odds?

For websites built on the WordPress platform, you can either design your own pages or you can use one of a large number of “themes.” I have always felt that it is unnecessary to re-invent the wheel, so to speak: Themes can be used as they are, or they can be modified to fit a specific purpose or comply with particular esthetic expectations. If you want your website not to...

Asking For It

First I thought it was some phishing expedition. But now it seems more like a painfully direct, uncushioned, and misdirected (I am not an agency) approach to get translation work. With an in-tweet e-mail address for all to see?! That’s asking for it. @TranslateThis My email is jorge.vicens@gmail.com — Jorge Vicens (@PjvJorge) October 9, 2013 A cautionary example 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...

Changes To Payment Model

I received an e-mail from a British translation agency which shall remain unnamed. It looks like I’m in their translator database although I cannot find any record of ever having invoiced them. But things change quickly in the language services field, and they may have bought a company I actually did work for in the past – who knows. There are so many things wrong with this...

It Bears Repeating

It seems impossible that anyone working with computers and hard drives has not heard about the necessity of employing some sort of system for securing their files. Yet it is always shocking to find out how many translators give no thought to and spend no effort on securing their data, even though these data are the lifeblood of their business. It therefore makes sense to repeat the...

Getting Ready For New York

Barely unpacked from my Toyko trip, I am getting ready to travel to New York City on Monday at daybreak. The big event will be the 50th Annual Conference of the American Translators Association. I attended my first ATA conference 1993 in Philadelphia. It was a long way to go from eastern Washington State, where I lived at that time. In those days, companies and agencies were still...

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