False Friends

Eric | November 16, 2007

As I learned today, Beamer is not an English word. It must be one of those “germified” pseudo-English expressions like Handy. Believe it or not, we Germans say “Handy” if we mean a mobile phone! Now that I think about it: Why the hell? Ok, you can hold it in your hand but you can do that with a lot of things… Weird.

A Beamer (in German) is nothing else but a projector. I was actually had already convinced of the fact that Beamer is an English word because Beamer-latex is a latex package for slide presentations, to be shown on a projector. Well, turns out that it was written by another German ;-) There you go.

False friends are really hard to get rid of. I think it took me more than a year to get rid of the false correspondence between actually and “aktuell” (German for currently).

What’s your funniest or most annoying false friend?

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Using Windows Live Writer with WordPress

Eric | November 16, 2007

Screenshot of Live Writer while editing this post This blog is powered by WordPress, probably one of the finest pieces of blog software I ever saw. And the best: Since recently there’s a new Microsoft Software called Windows Live Writer which allows you to edit posts offline, in a neat little Windows client. And I am not talking about some of those cheap clients that might be around and only support half of the necessary features. No, it fully integrates with WordPress, so perfectly that I am really astonished and positively surprised about Microsoft. The software automagically…

  • downloads my style sheet so that I can edit my posts 100% WYSIWYG
  • downloads all my tags and categories
  • lets me download, edit and republish existing blog entries and pages
  • lets me draft new posts and pages online and publish them whenever I like
  • lets me insert and automagically upload pictures to my blog
  • allows for extensions to gazillions of plugins which I have not even tried!

So all in all great Job Microsoft! Sometimes I really appreciate the offline nature of MS applications (e.g. in contrast to Google Apps).

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