Attorney General going wrong with Google Translate

The Dutch Attorney Geneneral made a huge mistake in a case involving a Russian Suspect. During a case involving a pub-brawl the Russian didn’t turn up, but the Judge decided he wasn’t to blame for this. The translator, who did turn up, couldn’t make sense of the summons that seemed to point out that the court would be closed on the 3rd of August. The documents making up the case were translated in a way that it could easily mean pieces of cheese instead. It turned out that the non-Russian speaking Attorney General didn’t bother to get all the documents translated, but used Google Translate instead. (link in Dutch)

As the suspect can now not be prosecuted for this case, it seems like this would be the perfect example of a case that points out that you need to choose the proper tools in order to perform a task. Or maybe just that ones expectations about technological advancement are not always met.

CC-Photo: User:Avjoska

Multiscope ceases its site-reach measurement service

Market research bureau Multiscope will end Visiscan, its service that measures the reach of Dutch websites. Visiscan has been running for ten years and offered Multiscope’s clients a benchmark in reach, branding and evaluation of the top 1000 websites in the Netherlands. The service was most well known for it’s yearly ranking of the top sites. “Multiscope ceases its site-reach measurement service” verder lezen

Het boek en het weblog zijn van voorbijgaande aard

De iPad is nog niet eens zo heel lang op de markt en wordt in Nederland zelfs vandaag pas officieel gelanceerd, of er is al een applicatie die het van leuk of handig hebbedingetje naar een serieuze nieuwe vorm van publiceren kan tillen. Uitgevers van boeken en tijdschriften kunnen de borst nat maken, maar ook de traditionele website kan nu wel eens echt zijn tijd gehad hebben. Ik ga hier niet de daadwerkelijke dood van het boek, de krant of de weblog aankondigen, deze zullen waarschijnlijk blijven bestaan, de vraag is alleen: in welke ‘oplage’?

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Collecting colourful stickers, online

At school you learned to write of course just making words but, at least here in Holland, also how to write neatly. Just writing sentences in the neatest, most beautiful way you could in a notebook. If you would do that really well, the teacher would give you a colourful sticker in your notebook to award your good work. The real fanatics would of course want a sticker like that every time! A nice way to make learning something, writing in this case, something fun. You can find similar gaming element online, which combines the urge to save things and the urge to compete into one serive: Foursquare! Visiting your favourite bar is nice, but if you are a really frequent visitor you would of course like to hold on to that ‘mayor’ status. “Collecting colourful stickers, online” verder lezen

Again: Google and site perfomance

Nothing new, walk along! Because you should have noticed already that Google announced as early as April this year that they will start ranking your websites based on the site speed as well. If you think you’ve heard this one before: I’ve written about this before on my blog. This means you’re probably already aware of the fact that Google is trying to adjust it’s search more and more to the ideal of relevance and speed. Google’s mantra will be ‘Make the web faster’ this year and to ensure you’re helping as well they’ve published a blog post in May about some helpful tools you can use.

One of the tools to determine your site speed, and thus if this will help your ranking, is Google Page Speed, which you can find here.

Een veilige gebruikerservaring op public WiFi

Misschien omdat het toch wel zo lekker werkt zie je het steeds vaker: public WiFi, zelfs ook gratis. En inderdaad, dat werkt dus ook heel lekker snel, geen kabels en geen dongles of andere mobile oplossingen zijn er nodig om lekker onderweg even ergens op internet te kunnen werken. Het werkt zelfs zo mooi dat we maar al te vaak vergeten dat een Wireless LAN talloze beveiligingsproblemen voor de gebruiker er van met zich mee brengt. Tijd voor een gestructureerde aanpak? “Een veilige gebruikerservaring op public WiFi” verder lezen

Email design and links

I can definitely see the advantages of plain text emails. In fact I like these way better than, for example, getting an email written in comic sans. But just as with simply choosing a nice font for your email, or designing a full fledged HTML mailing there might be some things that you want to think about. Just this morning I found an email in my inbox, coming from the good people of ESOMAR. Now, this is nothing about ESOMAR in particular, but it’s a good example of what I’m trying to tell here.

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