Friday Oct 09, 2009

BigAdmin Wins Nobel Prize!




At a party the other night in Stockholm, Thorbjorn Jagland, chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, raised a glass of champagne and shouted something that sounded a lot like this.....

BigAdmin er ond-good fun!

Since we don't speak Norwegian, we figured he was announcing that BigAdmin had won the Nobel Prize! Is that cool or what? We are pumped! (And suitably humbled.)







Our biggest fans, the Sikhs on the bus, are beside themselves and claim to have known all along.




Now, we're not sure exactly which Nobel Prize we won, but we're pretty sure it's the one awarded for the best translated docs. Thanks to the tireless efforts of Hiroko Matano and Yutaka Suzuki in Shinobu Matsuzuka's group from Sun's Tokyo office, BigAdmin has built up quite a collection of translated articles. They just finished publishing....

We are very, very sorry that we had no new Italian translations to post. Siamo molto dispiaciuti.

Hiroko and Yutaka have been experimenting with a combination of human-machine translation. We were surprised at how good the results were. Far better than machine translation alone, but quicker and cheaper than human translation alone. (You'll notice the disclaimer at the top of each article that has been partially translated by machine.)

By the way, we got a peek at the machine that did the translations, and it looks a lot like this all-aluminum 427 cu-in (7.0L) ZL1 V8 engine that debuted in the Corvettes and Chevys of 1969. It's rated at 430 hp and 450 lb.-ft. (610 Nm) of torque. For the full story about the revival of this monster machine, go to WardsAuto.com.

- Rick

Tuesday Jul 28, 2009

Not Getting Any

You may be familiar with the sedate but classic example used to demonstrate the critical importance of punctuation....

A woman has been nursing her husband from a lingering disease, but leaves to visit her mother. He gets worse and sends her a telegram. Unfortunately, the telegraph operator misplaces the period (indicated with the term STOP), and she receives this telegram:




NOT GETTING ANY
STOP
BETTER COME HOME QUICK
STOP










At BigAdmin we've been keeping a wary eye on the increased popularity of machine translation. We would be mortified if one of our articles gave a Portuguese sysadmin these instructions:

Um beijo whiskery
Pela um adorar maio
Você não fazê-la louca
Mas o rosto dela será ferida
Birmânia Barbear


A whiskery kiss
For the one
You adore
May not make her mad
But her face will be sore
Burma Shave

To make sure these cultural faux pas don't creep into our multilingual content, we've come up with a way to let you compare the translated document to the original. Here's how:

  1. Go to the multilingual hub.
  2. Select a language.
  3. If necessary, select the Content sub-tab.
  4. Click on your favorite article.
  5. At the top right of the article, beneath the symbols for the different languages, click on the text that says "Compare Translations" in the native language.

A window will pop up displaying the original and the translation, side by side.

Try this example.

If you'd like to correct something in the translated version, use the Submit Content or Link to BigAdmin link.

Let us know what you think.

-Rick

Tuesday Feb 10, 2009

Updated Sun Device Detection Tool for Solaris 10 & OpenSolaris

With this tool, you can check to see whether the Solaris 10 or OpenSolaris OS can be installed on your x86/x64 systems. (If your devices are already shown on the Solaris OS Hardware Compatibility List or HCL, then you do not need to use this tool.)

The current version of Sun Device Detection Tool is designed to detect and run in the default language on your system. The GUI of the tool and the reports are generated in the corresponding language. The supported languages are English, simplified Chinese, German, French, Japanese, Korean, Italian, traditional Chinese, Russian, Portuguese, and Spanish.

The informational web pages on the tool have been translated into Spanish, French, Japanese, Korean, and simplified Chinese (see language icons).
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