Is Klingon the new Esperanto?


Bantu1 alerted me via e-mail about an interesting twist by a software development company to localize their application. Bantu1 states:

The following was brought to my attention yesterday by someone-keen-to-keep-his-job-and-therefore-not-to-be-named:

A Klingon translation of a well-known anti-virus program!

We all know you can study Klingon nowadays at university, but is it really becoming so mainstream that geeks in technology companies can while away the time between biscuits translating their product into a language for the masses?

Hardly, methinks. As far as I can make out (and am assured by he-who-must-not-be-named), it has all the virus-busting capabilities of the standard, english version – so why do it? A sugar-fuelled mind-expanding exercise? To communicate messages to other business-Klingons?

Being only a conversational Klingon speaker myself, I was surprised to find I could download it without difficulty  – it came with an English user manual (I guess Mr. Translator got bored). It didn’t appear to Vulcan-mind-grip my hard drive, and it even handily cleaned up a particularly nasty bit of loitering spyware.
But surely whoever did this is just inviting trouble. Not least from criticisms of his translation from other would-be Klingon software developers, but for being the forefather of a deluge of mainstream programs aimed at the wrinkly-headed ones.

Is Klingon destined for great things? Not wanting to sport a Mars bar on my head just to blend in, I hope not.

Is this e-mail simply hype generated by the company to raise the visibility of their AV software? Probably, but who cares as long as this is legit. :-)

Here’s a video demo of the Klingon version:

Just geeky

New Sherlock Holmes Trailer

I’ve always loved the Sherlock Holmes stories whether in book, radio theater or cinema form. I can hardly wait for the next chapter in the great detective’s life later this year. And according to IMDB, this is the first Sherlock Holmes movie to reach US cinema in 20 years! It’s about time! :-) Here’s the details on this one:

Release Date: December 25, 2009
Director: Guy Ritchie
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Rachel McAdams, Jude Law, Mark Strong, Kelly Reilly
Plot: Detective Sherlock Holmes (Downey Jr.) and his stalwart partner Watson (Law) engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England.

Entertainment, Superheroes

‘Firefox Mobile’ alpha hits Windows Mobile 6


For several months Mozilla has had their mobile version of Firefox browser in alpha or beta form. Last week they released it to testers on Windows Mobile 6, I’m going to install this baby!

Fennec is the code name for the project, to learn more you can read all about it at the Fennec home page or you can read these 3 blog articles from Mozilla on why they think this is an important project.

Download the WM6 CAB here.

Gadgets / Devices

Computer Program to Take On ‘Jeopardy!’

Computer Intelligence

If the program designed by IBM can beat human "Jeopardy!" contestants, the field of artificial intelligence will have made a leap forward.


How Bluetooth Got as Fast as Wi-Fi


This is a good description about the new Bluetooth 3.0 High Speed protocol. Low power, low strength, low throughput radio will no longer be a weakness.

Gadgets / Devices