Fraudulent website update – happy ending

A bit over a month ago, I discovered thanks to Google Alerts, that a fraudulent website was using my business name and excerpts of my copyrighted website content without my permission to advertise their dishonest services. The site has been taken offline a few weeks ago and has been offline ever since. Here is the…

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Alert: My business name is being used without permission by a fraudulent website

Alert The website vancouverctv dot com is using my business name without my permission (and until yesterday morning, knowlegdge), along with some random and thankfully incoherent excerpts taken from my website. Thanks to Google Alerts I was alerted immediately about this webpage. My business name, which is used on the aforementioned site without my permission,…

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Patent terminology search with Google Patents

In the following I will explain how to use Google Patents to search for patents that have been filed in two different languages for terminology research. To some extent, the same goal can of course be achieved with an Espacenet search (Espacenet is the database of the European Patent Office, EPO) or a search of…

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Google Alerts

Google is one of the most-used search engines of the world. Aside from its search engine, Google offers a variety of other well-known services. However, there’s a very useful service that is relatively unknown: Google Alerts. What are Google Alerts? Google Alerts allow you to set up automatic email notifications whenever new entries are added…

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Scam alert!!!!!

An outfit called “Alliance of Applied Translators and Interpreters International”, AATII, has illegally acquired the publicly available information and names of thousands of translators and interpreters from various reputable directories, such as the ATA directory, and is using this information list the translators and interpreters without their consent on their site. My name and information…

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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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