All Your Base Are Belong To Us: The barriers of language on the Asian Web

“Cases of badly translated English text in Asia remain quite common. Movies, signs, menus, ads, clothing – and now Web sites as well – harbor myriad examples of funny, cute, or just bizarre translations into English. Native English speakers tend to make light of such sightings, but this seems unfair…” Asia Internet Report —All Your Base Are Belong To Us: The barriers of language on the Asian Web

Library Card Catalog, R.I.P.

Browsing through the shelves is one of the great joys of visiting the library. But when the shelves get too tall and threaten to take away precious study space, books are relegated to warehouses, sold, given away, or worse — retired to the circular file… Katie Dean —Library Card Catalog, R.I.P.

A Message in A Web Site: How Students And Their Parents Receive (or Don't) What Is Sent

A study of just four users of the Bowling Green State University website finds “that parents received the message better than students, regardless of professed ability to use the computer, both students and parents have trouble finding the sections intended to carry their messages, even when directed to the areas intended to carry their messages, both students and parents feel the message is incomplete.” Mark A. Nordstrom —A Message in…

Search Engines Grapple with Constant Web Growth

Despite the ever-ballooning size of the World Wide Web, which some experts claim is on the order of 550 billion Web pages, much of the most interesting and valuable content remains hard to find. The best search engines, such as Google or AltaVista catalog about 1.4 billion Web pages, or less than 1 percent, barely skimming the surface of the entire Web. CNN.com —Search Engines Grapple with Constant Web Growth

Please don't call me Theo

It isn’t as if we have yet lost all awareness of the social significance of modes of address, though that day might yet come. For the moment, people are still aware of the differences between calling someone “Bill” or “Jones” or “Mr Jones”. Theodore Dalyrmple. —Please don’t call me Theo Note: I once worked at a nursing center, where one patient’s first name was “Doctor.”  He was a lawyer.

Remembrance of Things Past

“There are three gigabytes of e-mail stretching back to 1983, another gigabyte of articles, letters and papers that I’ve written, and one more gigabyte of programs that I’ve coded, photographs I’ve taken, financial records and electronic keepsakes. Every time I get a new computer, I painstakingly copy this data from one machine to the next.”  Simson Garfinkel —Remembrance of Things Past