If you’re wondering whether anybody’s home – I just noticed that it has been more than three months since I last posted.
I have plenty to say, believe me. It is just that a 40 hours a week in-house contract job together with the almost two hours commuting is not inducive to writing blog posts. So it will have to be later.
Without naming names: I’m contracted as a software localization engineer. My task: Conduct qualitative upgrades on UIs, help files, and training material. I am more than knee-deep in geometries, isoparametric elements, solids, and other mathematical shenanigans – we are talking about CAD software here. But I am also, and that’s perhaps even worse, more than knee-deep in engineering speak. If there is one thing engineers don’t seem to have much respect for, it is language.
The volume of work is staggering and goes into the millions of words. Looking at the sheer number of files, I’m slowly beginning to understand why there is such a desire to get machine translation up to speed and to be able to push all that work through a translation algorithm, like pronto.
But for now, I am one of the humans working on those projects, a true learning experience for me. Signing off from my cubicle in the heart of O.C.