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The Gift of Technology

According to Greek mythology, it was the Titan Prometheus himself who gave mankind the gift of fire, primordial symbol of progress and technology. From his holy spark, humanity evolved into the dominant species that has ruled the Earth to this very day. Annaud’s epic “Quest for Fire” shows us how the first primitive cavemen fought […]

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TV’s Most Blatant Grammatical Error and The Future of Translation Technology

“To boldly go where no man has gone before.” Ouch! That split infinitive makes me cringe every time I hear it. And as a fanatic of the Star Trek franchise, I must have heard it over a thousand times. Couldn’t they have proofread the script before sending it in for recording? Did nobody notice? Anyway… […]

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Technological Overdependence: A Cautionary Tale

Recent news about the massive computer outage that caused the world’s largest airline to cancel over 4,000 flights should make everyone reconsider the role of information systems and computer tools in their daily work, lest they receive this cruel kind of reminder. We often take for granted the systems we use on a daily basis, […]

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How is a .properties File Translated?

Due to the current technological advances, the variety of files needed to be processed to translate increase as well. In the translation business, professionals must be able to work with and manipulate different types of files to avoid limitations at work. One of the most common files is the Properties files known, as .properties. But […]

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Inconsistencies between Office 1997 and 2007

We are already well aware that nothing about technology should surprise us anymore, whether it’s software, products, devices, phones, laptops, etc. All these products we buy today may be obsolete in a couple of months. We know how fast they move on and how quickly all the products we use on a regular basis are […]

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In Defense of Machine Translations

In a previous post (Industrial Translations and MT), I spoke of the industries that have to adapt to the new concept of the “age of discontinuity.” Academics are now wondering: do all sectors have to face this new conception of the economy and the business world? The analysis suggests that some sectors more prone than […]

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