CAT-Tools “for Dummies”

I hate to disappoint the animal lovers among my readers, but the term CAT-tool has nothing to do with our furry friends. CAT is the acronym for “computer-assisted translation,” which, in turn, has only marginally to do with machine translation. Computer-assisted translation simply refers to software or apps that help translators with the technical aspects…

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MOOC Reviews: Online Linguistics Courses (Coursera and VLC Marburg)

In this post I will write some overdue reviews of several online MOOCs on linguistics, the course “Miracles of Human Language: An Introduction to Linguistics” by Prof. Marc van Oostendorp of Leiden University on Coursera and the courses “Linguistics 101: Fundamentals” and “Linguistics 102: Speech Science” by Prof. Jürgen Handke on the Virtual Linguistics Campus…

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PSA for other bloggers: Internal server error due to potential Jetpack 3.8.0 incompatibility with theme

After attending ATA56, the annual conference of the American Translators Association, I came back all energized and wanted to update my WordPress-based website and publish a few blog posts. Except when I tried to log into my dashboard, I got the dreaded “Internal Server Error” with no way to access the dashboard. It turns out…

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Slides for Presentation on Bitcoin at ATA56

The slides for my presentation on “Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies: Illegal Money or a New Global Payment Option?” are now online. Download them here. Further information: Bitcoin Part 1 – Byzantine generals and pseudonyms,or: What is Bitcoin? Bitcoin Part 2 – Bitcoin mining Bitcoin Part 3 – Hashes, public key cryptography “for dummies,” and the…

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Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies: Illegal Money or a New Global Payment Option?

Most translators and interpreters, as well as everybody doing international business, know them well: high bank charges, sometimes coupled with exorbitant exchange fees, endless, complicated forms, long clearance times etc. Then there is the archaic way of paying via check. Given that this is the 21st century, one might think that there should be better,…

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News from ATA’s Science and Technology Division

Starting in November, Lebzy Gonzalez will be the new Administrator of ATA’s Science and Technology Division, and I will assist her in the role of Assistant Administrator, taking over from the current outstanding duo Karen Tkaczyk and Alicja Yarborough. As an introduction to those who haven’t met me or interacted with me yet, SciTech blog…

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Bitcoin and Altcoin Faucets

Faucets are websites, where generous (or not so generous) people give out BTC, most of the time in exchange for advertisements. Usually, you also have to solve Captchas in order to prove that you are not an automated bot. More often than not, these sites load pop-up windows with occasionally questionable content, but that’s how…

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