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“Quality” Doesn’t Do The Trick

Translators faced with the question of translation quality often find themselves in the same place as the late Supreme Court justice Potter Stewart when he was trying to come to grips with hard-core pornography: unable to formulate a definition but convinced that “I know it when I see it.” Even if you believe that translation quality, however it may manifest itself, is important,...

E&O Insurance Revisited

Errors and Omissions Insurance for Translators is a subject that’s not new. It fell off my radar for a while, but recent questions and requests by clients made me pay attention again. I blogged about E&O Insurance back in April of 2004, prompted by an article on professional liability insurance written by Christopher Juillet and published in the April 2004 issue of Intercom, the...

Secrets On A Postcard

I am paranoid by nature. I lock my desk; I have a safe deposit box; my wireless router is password-protected; my passwords are, whenever possible, at least 12 characters long and randomly generated. I would never even dream of sending any important information on a postcard. So why, I wonder, are my clients sending me their documents via unencrypted e-mail and why do they expect them...

Hold Harmless

Few translators would dispute, I think, that confidentiality is an important prerequisite for our business. Clients hand us documents with all sorts of information, and they have a reasonable expectation that those details will not go beyond our desk. When working for agencies, those agencies have a reasonable expectation that we will not go behind their backs and offer our services...

Translators & Their Clients

There are translators who work in-house and those who work on their own (there are also those who actually have a completely different job but translate on the side, but I am not talking about them here). I have done both for long stretches of time. Whenever there is a slump in my freelance work flow, I think back on how wonderful my monthly paychecks were back then. Whenever I realize...

Networking & Job Hunting With Twitt...

Article in JmakTech on the advantages of Twitter over other tools when it comes to job search and networking. Quote: I personally have found Twitter to be more effective than LinkedIn in growing my professional network. This is mainly because on LinkedIn, I generally only add colleagues and friends I have already worked with in the past or know personally. You are free to follow anyone...

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