October 12, 2009

Top 100 Language Blogs Worldwide

What do Grammar Girl’s Mignon Fogarty and a bloke who calls himself Hairy Swede have in common? Their blogs were included in the annual list of the Top 100 Language Blogs for 2009.
The Lexiophiles blog and the bab.la language portal run the annual competition aimed at finding the best language blogs across all languages throughout the world. The press relase said “this year’s top 100 blogs were chosen out of a total pool of 473 nominations from 26 countries.”
The lion’s share of blogs cover an array of topics about learning languages. However, there are two subcategories for language buffs with their own top ten rankings: Language Technology and Language Professionals.
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October 7, 2009

12 outdated tech words to avoid

Keeping up with the latest terminology has always been a challenge but it has probably never been quite so fast changing as today. In fact, the language we use to talk about technology is evolving even more quickly than the technology itself.
In an article published in BusinessWeek, “12 Words You Can Never Say in the Office,” staff writer Carolyn Duffy Marsan points out that in some cases it isn’t the technology that has evolved but the word used to describe it. Terms like “cloud computing” have simply replaced other terms like “ASP” or “Saas”, even though they all say more or less the same thing.
So what are the twelve “techie” words that will say more about your age than anything else—not to mention leaving the twenty-something-year olds raising their eyebrows in confusion?
1. Intranet, 2. Extranet, 3. Web Surfing, 4. Push Technology, 5. Application Service Provider (ASP), 6. Personal Digital Assistant (PDA), 7. Internet Telephony, 8. Weblog, 9. Thin Client, 10. Rboc, 11. Long-Distance Call, 12. World Wide Web
Read the full article see why these 12 words made the black list: http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/aug2009/tc20090824_902851.htm