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Official Google Webmaster Academy Announced

Google has announced its Webmaster Academy, which I’d recommend to anyone that wants to improve the ‘Google-friendliness’ of their website(s). The Academy “provides practical and easy-to-understand lessons for beginner webmasters to help you improve your site with topics like getting your site in our index, providing search engines with helpful information about your video and image … Continue reading

Creating a custom 404 Page on, using PHP and HTML

I’ve been spending way too much time recently on the ‘work-in-progress’ website. So when I came across a custom 404 theme ‘Lost in Space – Error 404’ (by adraft) on ThemeForest, I couldn’t resist downloading and customising it to work with my website.  It’s the best $4 I’ve ever spent. is based on a WordPress theme called … Continue reading

Russian language version of Selling Translations Technology Assisted Translation Pricing Spectrum March 2012

Thanks to Ego Translating Company for supplying the translation into Russian of the these documents previously posted in English only. Click the links below to download the PDFs. Russian-US-Letter-Selling-Translations-Technology-Assisted-Translation-Pricing-Spectrum-March-2012 Russian-A4-Selling-Translations-Technology-Assisted-Translation-Pricing-Spectrum-March-2012

Selling Translations® Technology Assisted Translation Pricing Spectrum

If you’re a language serviced provider this spectrum provides a model for you to think about the advantages and disadvantages of how transparent (about technology savings) you are when quoting. For example giving your client all the savings you make when applying translation technology is simple and, some would argue, honest. However this approach can make it difficult for … Continue reading

Bing Machine Translation added to Facebook … in case you didn’t already know

OK I’m probably not the first to spot Facebook offering Bing Machine Translation, indeed a few of my friends said they’d noticed this a week or so again. And when I “Googled” this (other search engines are available) there were plenty of pages dedicated to predicting how useful or successful this feature will be. The “horse’s mouth” … Continue reading

“Is Translation Software Heading to the Cloud?” – Tekom Panel Moderation

I’ve been invited to moderate this panel at tekom on Tuesday October 18, 14:45-15:30, in Room 2c at TECH-POD 3. The panelists are: Terry Lawlor, Senior VP Operations, SDL Stephan Böhmig, CTO, Wordbee Elliot Nedas, Business Development Manager, XTM David Canek, CEO, MemSource I am looking forward to panel which builds on my keynote TM-Europe … Continue reading

How to Answer “Can’t I just use Google to translate my website?”

This Google Webmaster Central Blog entry “Working with multilingual websites” by Xavier deMorales, Google Search Quality, is a little dated (March 19, 2010) but can help you to answer the, some think, ill-informed question “Can’t I just use Google to translate my website?” The killer line is “We recommend that you do not allow automated … Continue reading

Alloy wheels: Part Deux – The Refurbishment!

Suspense over! As promised in Part 1 here are the ‘after’ pictures following alloy wheel refurbishment and they look ‘mighty fine’ (if you can say that about wheels). A few technical points (I’m learning as I go here): Apparently the wheels have hollow sections which makes them even lighter – and might explain why the original purchaser paid … Continue reading

Alloy wheels: Part 1

Occasionally I’m forced to try and understand cars – I’m no expert, and usually feel intimidated at car repair shops. Recently two of our cars have had slow punctures. Both caused by alloy wheels problems, one because of a crack in the alloy wheel, the other due to corrosion which meant the tyre didn’t fit properly. So both sets … Continue reading

Google Translate adds Indic Languages

The Google Official Blog has announced Google Translate support from today for “five new experimental alpha languages: Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu“. This brings the current number of languages supported by Google Translate to 63. Readers of my blog will remember my story about the Tamil Shower Caretaker at Dubai Airport who taught me … Continue reading

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