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End of PowerPoint Karaoke: The First Localization and Internationalization UnConference

Yes, the first Localization and Internationalization UnConference is being held next month in Silicon Valley. Very Web 2.0. Building on the Mashup Camp experience, Ultan O’Broin of Oracle and Shawna Wolverton of Salesforce are bringing a localization and internationalization UnConference to Silicon Valley on March 14, 2008. It’s free, with lunch and facilities kindly provided...

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Global By Design's Web Globalization Predictions for 2008+

I thought I would share these interesting predictions with you. http://www.globalbydesign.com Well worth keeping an eye on, though I think a some of these will really come to fruition post 2008 (though not that long after). I was especially interested by the political and organizational dynamics presented by: Google will allow companies to upload their...

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And This One Time, At Mashup Camp Dublin …

I was very impressed with the UnConference section of Mashup Camp, held at the Guinness Brewery Storehouse in Dublin. The format offers great potential for sharing of knowledge, and a challenge to the more traditional conference formats. Mashup Camp consisted of an initial 1.5 days of Mashup University, which, to be honest, was similar to...

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Localization UnConference Please

Heard about UnConferencing? Or Mashup Camp? Who is going to be the first to try this in the Localization space? Strikes me that the sum of intelligence of the people in the audience is always greater than that of those speaking. You can hear an Irish radio broadcast about UnConferencing at: http://www.rte.ie/news/2007/1105/drivetime.html (“The Chatter”) Will...

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IMUG: How Acquisitions Affect I18N and L10N Teams: A View from the Client Side

I thought I would give a plug to my newly er, acquired Oracle colleague, Carrie Fischer, who will be speaking at the August 16th International Macintosh Users Group meeting in Cupertino about “How Acquisitions Affect I18N and L10N Teams: A View from the Client Side”. Given the amount of consolidation we’re seeing on the client...

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YouTube and Localization

Plans have emerged for YouTube localization, with plans for sites for Ireland, Brazil, France, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Poland, Spain and the UK. According to the press release on ENN, this “localization” means the sites will be: …translated fully, with local homepages and search functions. Over time, an entirely ‘local’ experience will be added that will...

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pi or omeros

Boing Boing reports (via the BBC) that a Japanese man managed to “remember” pi to 83,431 decimal places, doubling the world record. He took ‘several hours’ to deliver this mindless sequence of syllables (presumably in Japanese). I would have preferred to have been around 11 years or so ago when Stephen Powelson used to beat...

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SDL acquires Trados

A big event in the (smallish) localization business, but one long expected by insiders who tracked SDL’s rise and rise. Users at every level of the translator layer cake will want to know whether their (relatively pricey) Trados translation memory rigs will continue to be supported. Competitors will be looking out for opportunities to hit...

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L without H

Blast from the past: Jo Lernout, half the notorious Belgian double act from the 1990s, has published a “my story” autobiography. He is interviewed in this sepia-tinted International Herald Tribune article about a life that came unstuck after the dot.com years. “We absolutely had only one goal and that was being the leader in the...

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