Version 1.7 of Count Anything released

I've just released version 1.7 of my word-counting program, Count Anything. Download the latest version here. Sadly, this version isn't any smaller despite complaints about the installed size (in fact, the installer is about 500 KB larger), but it does include a couple of new features/improvements: You can now get word counts for Web pages […]

Translation agency warns translators not to use Google Translator Toolkit

A couple of days ago, I got an email from one of the translation agencies I work for, addressed to all their freelancers. The email warned translators not to use Google Translator Toolkit (GTT) for any work done for that agency. The reason they gave was confidentiality: they said that even if you don't save […]

Working while sick: A downside of freelancing

Last Friday morning, I woke up with a bad cold. All I wanted to do was lie in bed and be miserable, but I had a deadline; so I had to drag myself out of bed, translate a few paragraphs, go lie down again, and go back and translate a little more. By this process, […]

Unreliable email

On Monday morning, I got a call from a client. "How's the translation coming?" she asked. "Fine," I replied. "I'll be sending you the translation a few hours early." "Really?" she asked. "Even that second set of files I sent you?" At this point I began to feel the symptoms of panic setting in. "What […]