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(Almost) Wordless Wednesday December 7, 2016

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(Almost) Wordless Wednesday November 30, 2016

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Giving Tuesday November 28, 2016

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Since its inception in 2012, Giving Tuesday has been celebrated across the globe as a day to give back: whether it be through donations, fundraising, volunteering your time and expertise, or simply by calling others to support a particular cause or initiative. This year ProZ has partnered with charity:water for Giving Tuesday. All donations will be matched by ProZ, so if you donate $10, charity:water will get $20. Water is life! For more information: click here.

Good deal on ABBYY FineReader12 November 28, 2016

Posted by Jill (@bonnjill) in Tech tips, Tools, Uncategorized.
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ABBYY is offering its latest version of FineReader 12 for $99/65 EUR instead of $169.99/130 EUR. The offer is valid until December 4, 2016.

You can order it here:

https://www.abbyy.com/en-us/finereader/professional/

To buy in euros:
<https://store.abbyyeu.com/c/shop/ml=DE/curr=EUR/?cntr=DE&ID=FR12PEE&PROMO=CYBERWEEK2016MAIL&APX=BFCWMAIL16DE&clps=1&utm_source=NL_CYBERWEEK_NOV16_DE&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=BLACKFRIDAY2016> (this is the link for German, but you can find it in your language by going to the ABBYY site, “Selecting your Region” in the upper-right corner and clicking on Individuals and then FineReader 12).

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday November 23, 2016

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I’ve been translating a lot of handwritten doctor notes lately.

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(Almost) Wordless Wednesday November 16, 2016

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Change your Skype password November 10, 2016

Posted by Jill (@bonnjill) in Business practices, Tech tips.
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I flew home from the ATA Conference on Monday and landed at 11:20 PM. Once I arrived at home I unpacked, put my suitcases away, showered and face-planted into bed. I woke up the next morning to 16 messages on Skype and a missed call in Skype and on my cell phone. I had been hacked, and all of my contacts were sent a link to a “baidu.com.” Luckily most of my contacts are savvy enough not to click on a link from me without any introductory text (hence the 16 messages asking if it was legit from me), but I had to go to https://web.skype.com to manually delete the message for every contact. Needless to say it was a pain.

My friend and colleague Roland Grefer was the one who had been trying to call me. In addition to being a great translator he is also a very competent IT support guy. He did a little research and discovered the following:

From what I’ve found, about a month ago, Microsoft started to merge their Live/Hotmail/Outlook/MSN/Xbox account systems into a new “Universality” account management system.

However, in the process, even if your Skype account was already linked to one of the above email accounts, they left Skype also accessible via the old Skype user name and password combination.

If the password for either account was one that was compromised in any of the recent hacks, the Bad Guys (TM) were then able to use the respective account to gain access to Skype and send spam etc. from the affected user’s Skype account.

But since M$ hadn’t made users aware of the parallel existence of the “new” and “old” Skype user name and password combos, they weren’t even aware of this “feature” as the culprit.

Once they logged into their account, and checked their “Activity” at

https://account.live.com/Activity

virtually all of them found successful logins from Asia or South America around the time the incident happened.

A sad state of affairs,
Roland

So change your Skype password or you too will be spamming your Skype contacts. And thanks to Roland for researching this!

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday November 9, 2016

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(Almost) Wordless Wednesday mea culpa November 4, 2016

Posted by Jill (@bonnjill) in Random musings.
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Next time someone please tell me when the queue stops posting! Not one of you said anything. LOL. I can’t believe I went almost a month without noticing. I thought for sure I had scheduled out past the conference. I’m blaming preconference and real life stress. New posts now scheduled. Sorry!

Two rights make a wrong October 29, 2016

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A linguistics professor was lecturing his class.
“In English,” he explained, “a double negative forms a positive. In some languages, such as Russian, a double negative is still a negative.”
“However,” the professor continued, “there is no language wherein a double positive can form a negative.”
A voice from the back of the room piped up. “Yeah, right.”