Google Translator Toolkit

A Google blog post yesterday announces their new Google Translator Toolkit. The blog post does a great job of explaining how it works – with a very nice diagram and video thrown in. But if you want a little more info to decide if it is worth the jump or not, here is a little cut and paste from the post.

At Google, we consider translation a key part of making information universally accessible to everyone around the world. While we think Google Translate, our automatic translation system, is pretty neat, sometimes machine translation could use a human touch. Yesterday, we launched Google Translator Toolkit, a powerful but easy-to-use editor that enables translators to bring that human touch to machine translation.

For example, if an Arabic-speaking reader wants to translate a Wikipedia™ article into Arabic, she loads the article into Translator Toolkit, corrects the automatic translation, and clicks publish. By using Translator Toolkit’s bag of tools — translation search, bilingual dictionaries, and ratings, she translates and publishes the article faster and better into Arabic. The Translator Toolkit is integrated with Wikipedia, making it easy to publish translated articles. Best of all, our automatic translation system “learns” from her corrections, creating a virtuous cycle that can help translate content into 47 languages, or over 98% of the world’s Internet population.

Nod to TechCrunch

Scripting On Android

Google has announced availability of the Android Scripting Environment(ASE). The ASE brings scripting languages to Android by allowing you to edit and execute scripts and interactive interpreters directly on the Android device. Scripts can be run interactively in a terminal, started as a long running service, or started via Locale. Python, Lua and BeanShell are currently supported, with plans to add Ruby and JavaScript support, as well.

Gmail Themes

Gmail now has themes. It isn’t that big a deal but I think that they do make the product more pleasant to use. It’s also handy for me as I use multiple accounts. I’ve set each to a different theme, and it just makes it that much easier to remember which one I’m using.

Some change throughout the day and ask for location so that the changes match up with local time. There look to be 31 themes available at this point. I’ll throw some screen shots below the jump – click for larger. Continue reading “Gmail Themes”

WordPress – soon with Gears

I was just scoping out this piece on new WordPress 2.6 features and while it may only be exciting to the folks using WordPress, there was one part that jumped out at me as very cool. It was this, “WordPress 2.6 makes use of Google Gears when available to speedup and cache static files that are loaded every time you visit your WordPress admin panel.”

I was pretty excited when I found out about Gears. I downloaded all the example code and documentation immediately. There are some cool possibilities there I think, and it is just too awesome that I’m not the only one who sees that. And here we have an example where it is not only seen as a possibility but will be made a reality.

So anyway – just thought I’d share my late night excitement over blogging with gears! Coming soon to a WordPress install near you.

Google Docs Offline

I was doing some work using Google Docs today and noticed a new feature – off line access to my documents. I don’t know when this became available, but it is completely awesome. It works by using Google Gears to save files locally and sync them when an internet connection is detected. I need to read more about it. The Google Gears version is not 1.0 yet – so I assume they have a lot of features, etc. yet to write. I’m not sure how it handles concurrency on shared documents. I’ll have to set up an experiment with that at work or something.

Google Gears itself has been around for a while and slashdot has had posts about the launch as well as a piece about Brad Neuberg and Gears.

If you are interested, installing gears is easy – it is available as a plugin for firefox – I think you can install it on IE as well. I was going to put a bunch of Gears links here – but I think the best thing to do is just google, google gears. The top hits are all very good and will get you everything you need if you are interested.

I’d like to do some reading on the gears api – as it is open and creates a means for persistent storage with any web app. Oh – and if you are like me, once I had installed it and synced my docs- my first thought was “Where are they?” That is answered here. Not hard to find – but just thought I’d throw it in there.

Nasa Pics

Nasa has moved the picture of the day stuff and that broke the google gadget that I had displaying the photos. So I’ve yanked that out. It’s too bad, because I kind of liked that, but I’m guessing it was pulling a lot of bandwidth or something. (Not just my site obviously- I don’t get that many visits, but if thousands of people had it installed, it would add up.)

I’ll keep my eyes open for something else interesting to put up over there.