Month: March 2010

Russian comments (3)

So, having used Google translate a bit much to work on Russian these days, I pulled out an old bilingual edition of Irina Ratushinskaya’s “Tale of Three Heads” — Russian on the right-hand pages, English on the left. My favorite story in there is “On the Meaning of Life”, and I laboriously typed the Russian […]

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Russian comments (2)

Thanks to all of the commenters explaining the odd Russian comment that I’d gotten on my blog. The bike maps entry also attracted two more: one saying “Что-то такое слышал, но не так подробно, а откуда материал брали?” and the other “Просто спасибо, за красивые мысли вслух” — from the same IP address, with links […]

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Checkin' out the goods

Just a touch of compliance today. If I wanted to do real compliance engineering, I would turn to gpl-violations.org (in Europe, and please note they are still looking for a new webmaster) or to Brad Kuhn/SFLC (in North America) to do the actual engineering and checking of product. But here’s a mostly happy story. I […]

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Bike Maps

The Register is reporting that some company in Mountain View includes cycling directions in some areas of the world. Old hat, I’d say, as the Dutch national cyclists union has had a really good bike trip mapper for quite some time already which makes use of the cycling infrastructure we have here. Too bad the […]

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Russian Comments

Kind of strange, I’ve picked up two Russian-language comments that do not immediately seem to be spam on my previous post. I find my Russian reading skill hasn’t deteriorated completely, but I’m left wondering what разместить means. Which reminds me of the advances made in machine translation, so of course I can look it up. […]

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Things to do March 31st

March 31st brings us Free Software cyclists a dilemma: Document Freedom Day, supporting Open Standards in document storage (the Dutch organization will be in Baarn) or the nationwide record-breaking attempt for simultaneous cycling (in Dutch). Of course, I could ride my bicycle to DFD, that would do the trick (it’s about 70km from here). Dilemma, […]

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Girl Geeks

The Amsterdam Girl Geek Dinners held their sixth dinner two weeks ago; one of the rare days that I wasn’t knocked out by illness, so I went to Amsterdam with my ex-colleage Donna (she is one of the organizers) to see how things were. Besides the talk by Karin Spaink — well known in the […]

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Brief catch-up and congratulations

It’s spring; I can tell because the power converter connected to the solar panels on the roof is starting to hum again. That, and yardwork has to start happening, so this afternoon after my laptop crashed I headed up a tree with a swede saw. Congratulations are in order on two fronts: Julia A. Klein […]

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