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Reflections from a Swede in Norway.

Here you will find my small graffiti board where I write about things I come to think about.

In my blog, I write about the general unfairness of life, about spam mail, vintage computers, board games, Norwegians, current and not-so-current affairs, technology and whatever else occurs to me — in other words, a glorious mess. All opinion expressed here are of course my own, and all similarities with any living people is of course intentional.

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Now with automatic translation

Published: Thursday 2008-05-22.

Now that Google has added support for Swedish and Norwegian in their automatic on-line translation service, I have updated the blog software to provide links to the automatic translations if there is no proper translation of the particular blog entry. For now it is only between the three languages that I do publish this blog, but I might consider adding support for more languages later. I have on purpose only published this entry in English; if you are reading the blog in another language, just click the “automatic translation” link at the top of the entry (it should pick up your language properly as long as you have configured your browser properly).

The machine translation is not as good as a proper manual translation, but it is often better than nothing. Next to figure out how to convince Google that “svensk” (Swedish) does not translate to “American”, and that “Kongsvinger” (a city in Norway) does not translate to “Colorado” (a state in the United States of America)…

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  • Date: 2008-05-22 21.32.41 CEST
  • Name: Storebror
  • Posted from: **********.35-1-64736c10.cust.bredbandsbolaget.se

Varför inte skriva på svenska?

  • Datum: 2008-05-23 06.38.51 CEST
  • Namn: Peter Karlsson
  • Sänt från: *****.215.142.63.getinternet.no

Det är ju det jag gör. Det är bara det att jag inte alltid översätter till norska och engelska. Men jag tror det, så långt, bara är tre eller fyra inlägg som inte finns på svenska.

  • Datum: 2008-05-23 16.35.18 CEST
  • Namn: Anders Carlsson
  • Sänt från: ******************.business.telia.com

Jag såg att Expressen tagit in juridisk expertis innan de vågar automatöversätta webbutgåvan till fler språk än de själva rimligen förstår, speciellt exotiska språk långt borta. Även om översättningarna verkar vara av överraskande bra kvalitet förstår jag i deras fall om de inte vill erbjuda kraftigt felöversatta texter. För din del som privatperson spelar det väl mindre roll om någon borta i Japan eller Brasilien läser din blogg och någon ordvändning får annan innebörd än du tänkt dig, så länge det inte automatöversätts till rena obsceniteter!

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