I am Microsoftie 4 ever (19+ years) working in Windows Services and Content team in the UK, my blog is mainly focused on the Windows family of products and trying to provide help pointers and resources for customers on our products.
On Saturday morning I came across this article in the Saturday Independent discussing how the Cornish language had been declared extinct by the UN, and a couple of quotes caught my attention
‘Unesco’s director general, Koichiro Matsuura, said: “The death of a language leads to the disappearance of many forms of intangible cultural heritage, especially the invaluable heritage of traditions and oral expressions of the community that spoke it – from poems and legends to proverbs and jokes.”
There are thought to be just 300 fluent speakers of Cornish left and Jenefer Lowe, development manager of the Cornish Language Partnership, says reports of its extinction are premature. “Saying Cornish is extinct implies that there are no speakers and the language is dead, which it isn’t,”’
UNESCO say this about Cornish language:
Name of the language: Traditional Cornish (en); cornique traditionnel (fr); корнский традиционный (ru)
Number of speakers: 0 (the death of the last speaker of traditional Cornish probably took place in 1777)
Location(s): Cornwall, England; the entry deals with traditional Cornish; Cornish is currently being revived and exists in three different versions; revived Cornish cannot be regarded as endangered as the number of users seems to be constantly growing
So it look like there may have been a little confusion here, but it is good to read about how small languages can survive and even grow even in today's generic society.
The article goes on to mention other British languages such as Welsh, Scottish Gaelic and Manx and it reminded me of Microsoft's Unlimited Potential web site which is well worth checking out for its Local Language Program that ‘…represents the Microsoft commitment to helping more people worldwide benefit from technology, while striving to preserve local languages and cultural identities. This means making software available in as many languages as possible.’
Microsoft actually provides a Welsh LIP (Language Interface Pack) which can assist the over 500,000 Welsh speakers use Windows in there their chosen language, you can download the pack here (Pecyn Rhyngwyneb Iaith Windows Vista)
You can read more about UNESCO’s Atlas of the worlds Languages in Danger and view the world map in pdf and use an interactive map using Google maps to search for languages and there vitality, and read about details of each language. Which are all pretty good resources if you are interested in this topic.
Currently I am having my kitchen refitted and today I was chatting with the electrician and he handed me his business card, which i thought was a wonderful piece of design.
I always love smart bits of marketing and I like how the idea of a business card over a standard plug works so well for his line of work.
Following on from the translation in Wales that went bad is this story being reported on the bbc
The mystery of Ireland's worst driver
It would appear that police officers where getting confused with the Polish wording for Driving License (Prawo Jazdy), and had written tickets over 50 times to a Mr Prawo Jazdy , rather than to the real person
‘It was discovered that the man every member of the Irish police's rank and file had been looking for - a Mr Prawo Jazdy - wasn't exactly the sort of prized villain whose apprehension leads to an officer winning an award.
In fact he wasn't even human.
"Prawo Jazdy is actually the Polish for driving licence and not the first and surname on the licence," read a letter from 2007 from an officer working within the Garda's traffic division.
"Having noticed this, I decided to check and see how many times officers have made this mistake.
"It is quite embarrassing to see that the system has created Prawo Jazdy as a person with over 50 identities." ‘
I have recently been playing around with the new Windows Live Group feature and have found it very easy to use.
But first you may be asking what a Windows Live Group is…
Well it enables your selected group of contacts in Windows Live Messenger to have a group conversation with and also you get your own mini website for just your contacts to share photo’s and files, a calendar and even have your own mini discussion forum…
Setting up your group couldn’t be simpler, start by logging into Windows Live Messenger
Hopefully i will write up another entry on doing things such as adding photo galleries etc
Following up on Juju’s adventures in France it would appear that he has a cousin in India
Thanks to Eileen Brown for the tip
Last week we brought you Kylie – who at 4 1/2 was using Windows Photo Gallery, well now in the latest series of Windows Rookies, there is Alexa who is 7 and is creating panoramic pictures
I have done a few panoramic picture sin the pictures in the past Norfolk ones here and Microsoft TVP here
and remember you can see how to create a panoramic picture on the windows help and how to site here
If you like your Windows Vista in Filipino, then you can download the latest Windows Vista Language Interface Pack (LIP) now:
Click here to download the Filipino Vista LIP.
Following on from Wednesdays post, it must be incredibly hard for non fluent English speakers to get some of the double meanings of the same words. In fact its hard enough for those who are native speakers. So just be mindful when writing for your international audiences.
Can you read these right the first time?
1) The bandage was wound around the wound. 2) The farm was used to produce produce. 3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse. 4) We must polish the Polish furniture. 5) He could lead if he would get the lead out. 6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert. 7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present. 8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum. 9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes. 10) I did not object to the object. 11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid. 12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row. 13) They were too close to the door to close it. 14) The buck does funny things when the does are present. 15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line. 16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow. 17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail. 18) Upon seeing the tear in the painting, I shed a tear. 19) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests. 20) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?
Thought you mind find the following article that Techradar UK are calling ‘…the mother lode of Windows 7 tweaks and tricks!’ 50 seriously useful Windows 7 tips | News | TechRadar UK
There are 50 Windows 7 tips spread across 4 categories
1. New applets and features
2. Interface Tweaks
3. Useful Enhancements
4. Performance & Productivity tweaks and tips
very useful and a good read :)
I didn’t quite get to an internal training session earlier this week due to various reasons on my part, but the organisers did send me some links to some of the things I missed:
This one about how language counts is one of my favourites and it makes you remember when working in a mutli language environment how small mis-hears or mis-speaks can have a different outcome depending on your language