Category: Technology

22 Jul 2011
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Switching from a PC to a Mac: practical tips

This post follows up a post in April (gosh, really?) on switching my main PC to a Mac. A few people got in touch to say they were considering doing the same thing, so I hope I can offer some tips to help the transition be pain-free as possible. Before switching, of course, all of […]

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20 Apr 2011
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Switching my main computer from PC to Mac

Image courtesy of All Systems Go Computer Consulting Last month I realised that my 3-year old desktop computer needed a serious upgrade; although it had 4 GB of RAM multitasking was becoming gradually slower and the processor was not quite up to scratch. Not only that, my PC was enormous, taking up about one third […]

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04 Mar 2011
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3-minute review of Swordfish II CAT tool

Over the past 6 months or so I’ve experimented with the Swordfish II Computer Assisted Translation (CAT) program; this post is a brief walkthrough of its main features. Flexibility: The main attraction of Swordfish for me was that it’s cross-platform, so I can use it on a Windows PC and on a Mac (or on […]

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23 Sep 2009
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Guest post: an introduction to SEO

Today I’m publishing this guest post by Rob Hammond, Account Director for SEO at OMD, who gives some basic pointers on Search Engine Optimisation for translators. Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) deals with optimising websites for people who use search engines such as Google, Yahoo or Bing. If you’re wondering what this has to do with […]

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21 Aug 2009
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Contingency planning for your freelance business

Céline over at Naked Translations wrote a post yesterday about back-up systems for freelancers, and invited others to share how they guard their businesses against data loss. Céline, if you’re reading, this post is my answer! I actually have what some might call a fairly paranoid approach to how I back-up my work, and have […]

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14 Jan 2009
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New Twitter tool: Twitrans

TechCrunch announced today (kudos to @matthewbennett for the link via Twitter) a new free service on Twitter called Twitrans. Twitter users are able to send their tweets to this service and a few minutes later a translation is received which the user can post to followers who speak another language. Unlike many similar tools, this […]

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