Subtitling: “You want to tell me that that wants to chase a plastic fist Put is a homosexuality into my fart eye?”

“You want to tell me that that
wants to chase a plastic fist
Put is a homosexuality into
my fart eye?”

–Borat

Seriously?

Is it machine translation? Crowdsourcing? Back-translation? Maybe all of the above, but these subtitles are as funny (and intelligible) as they can get. Not even a professional translator could decipher that.

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Increased productivity and shortcuts for multiple and single-monitor set-ups

Most people with more than one monitor will agree that a multiple-monitor set-up can improve productivity. In fact, a study commissioned by Fujitsu showed that having two monitors increases productivity by 8.4% and having three monitors increases productivity by 35.5%; a study by Jon Peddie Research showed a productivity increase of 42%!

Another study by NEC concluded about text editing tasks: “… both the 24-inch widescreen and 20-inch dual screens were significantly more productive than the 20-inch single monitor configuration in completing these text tasks.” And: “With the costs of larger LCD displays falling, the smaller, (less than 19-inch) monitor is no longer justified in terms of productivity returns and worker well-being… Based on performance and preference from this study, large widescreen or multiple monitor configurations are recommended for use in any situation where multiple documents of information are an ordinary part of the work.” The same report showed a Return of Investment of 600% in certain work environments.

It is also important to note that many studies show that the increase in productivity decreases with monitors that are 26 inches or larger.

Having multiple monitors also has its disadvantages; mainly, space problems. But if you have the space, I say go for it. The only thing needed is a video card that allows the use of multiple monitors or one display adapter (like the ones made by EVGA) per monitor.

Once the multiple monitors are installed, navigating throughout the extended display can be tricky. A simple way to manage all the monitors and windows (even for a single monitor set-up) is through a simple but very useful utility called  reSizer. It enables keyboard shortcuts to switch, focus, move, resize and change other window properties in a fast and intuitive way without even touching the mouse. Some of my favorite reSizer shortcuts are: […]

28% discount for all AIT products (including Translation Office 3000 and Projetex)

AIT has announced a new-year campaign with a 28% discount on all products, including Translation Office 3000 and Projetex. I’ve been using Translation Office 3000 for several years and it’s one of the best investments I made. It not only creates invoices and handles payments, but it’s a great and easy-to-use project management tool for[…]

SDL Trados Studio: Importing Multiterm 2007 termbases into Multiterm 2009 (Video Tutorial)

Multiterm Termbase

Multiterm Termbase

Unlike previous versions, the new Multiterm 2009 allows the user to select where to store the termbases. In my opinion’, working directly with Multiterm 2009 termbases is much better and allows more flexibility over the termbases.

Converting a Multiterm 2007 termbase (mdb file) into a Multiterm 2009 termbase (sdltb file) is very easy to do. But since the new termbases create additional files (just like Trados TM’s), the best approach is to place each termbase into a single folder. Here’s how to do it:

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Free 1-year subscription to Multilingual (Localization Magazine)

MultiLingual offered a one-year subscription at the ProZ Virtual conference last month. I just received an email from them offering the same one-year subscription for the magazine. It’s not too late to sign up for a free one-year digital subscription. With focuses on such topics as quality assurance, project management, and e-learning, plus such regional[…]

First chapter of José Saramago’s new novel: Cain

Cain (Caín in Spanish, Caim in Portuguese), the highly anticipated new book by Nobel-laureate José Saramago will hit the shelves on October 15th. With this book, Saramago takes up the topic of “god”, 18 years after The Gospel According to Jesus Christ. The book starts with: “”Cuando el señor, también conocido como dios, se dio[…]