User talk:Walter

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First to type on your user:talk page, what an honor. When it all seems like too much, as I'm sure it must, I've left something here that I hope you might find amusing. Cjl 20:56, 15 May 2008 (UTC)

Thought on translations

Before you spend a lot of time on translations via the translations template, consider the potential of the GoogleTrans-xx templates I'm starting to develop/deploy on OLPC wiki. Note, it will require the same plugin/extension magic-dust currently installed on the OLPC wiki to be sprinkled here before they will work.

  • GoogleTrans-en for starting from English page (example). Click on Spanish and continue browsing rest of wiki in espanol inside Google frame.
  • GoogleTrans-es for starting from Spanish page (example). Click English and see that page and any linked lang-es page in English.
  • 20-odd other variations possible

The idea is that you want to lower language barrier, but you don't want your most valuable trilingual (1 lang-en, 2 lang-xx, 3 wiki/Python/C/Linux/Sugar/etc.) assets spending a lot of time on keeping up with rapidly evolving edits. By the time a page becomes stable, it's probably too late to get meaningful input from a mono or bi-lingual non-lang-en audience (like teachers, local coders, etc.).

For wiki pages, I think that any translation now is better than a great translation later. Allows you to lower language barrier immediately (in a usually good enough manner) and reserve human translation effort for Pootle and tech-phrasing sensitive pages. Try the provided links to OLPC wiki and let me know what you think. Cjl 19:39, 20 May 2008 (UTC)

I was playing with it on the OLPC site earlier today. I agree, it is a decent compromise that is resource-efficient. --Walter 21:23, 20 May 2008 (UTC)

Current events date convention

Walter, I'm not sure I get the link-naming convention you are using on Archive/Current Events. The text there that says "2008-06-16" links to SugarLabs:Current_events/Archive/2006-06-24. Is one start of week and the other end of week? You and I have reverted each other on this (maybe even twice), and that just seems like a silly misunderstanding to have. In the spirit of WP:BRD, I may just be missing the convention you are using and I'd like to I understand it. Cjl 18:14, 24 June 2008 (UTC)

I need to move all the pages to the correct date. I accidentally started naming them based on the date I moved them into the archive instead of the date I created them. --Walter 21:31, 24 June 2008 (UTC)
I was assuming the date of publication on IAEP was the operative date and I had crossed-checked against the archives there to do the last rename/relinking I did yesterday, which you reverted today. No point in operating at cross-purposes, so much to do to move forward without tripping over each other. Cjl 21:36, 24 June 2008 (UTC)
I must be tired (I was up all night flying over the Atlantic and in meetings all day today--hence the late posting). I thought I was exposing the publication dates in IAEP even though the pages in the wiki. I defer to you. --Walter 21:41, 24 June 2008 (UTC)
I'll take another pass at it, carefully checking against the IAEP archive pages again. I do much of my wiki editing from 22:00 - 03:00 local time, so I'm just as susceptible to error as the next guy :-) Cjl 21:49, 24 June 2008 (UTC)

transactions discussion

Moved to Sugar_Labs/Governance/Transactions


Hi Walter, I'm a former OLPC-EU employee in Brussels, preparing a trip to visit my wife's family in Cambodia and to meet the Minister of Education of Cambodia. Saw you on ... do you have any special interest to Cambodia in particular? Can you team-up / coach me? Thx

My recommendation is to contact Elaine Negroponte, who was there from the beginning and is still carrying on. Also, there is a chapter on Cambodia in my book, Learning to Change the World.