I was recently asked by a Fulani friend and pastor in Mali, West Africa if I could bring him a laptop that he could use for making videos of church functions and events. While I love to help, this perplexed me a bit. First of all, I've never really mastered the art of video production myself, and if I got him a laptop, I'd also have to get some high end software to make it happen. There are not many free options that are worthwhile or easy to use.
As of July 16, I strongly recommend the Motorola Moto G which sells new on Amazon.com for under $180. No other Android phone in its price range has such consistent positive reviews from Amazon customers.
The Eurasia Media & Distribution Consultation held in Zelhem, Netherlands was bigger than ever this year. People involved in Scripture engagement came together from all over, making the word Eurasia highly inoperative in its title. My interest in going was to discover more tools and technology that people I support in language technology roles should know about, so that they in turn can better support field teams. It is for this purpose that I attended and from this perspective I am reporting.
A report from Eurasia Media & Distribution Consultation (EMDC)
This was my first time at EMDC, and based on its usefulness, I doubt it will be my last. You could describe EMDC in a number of ways, but I think the best way to summarize it is with the four keynote topics from the four days of the conference:
CeBIT exhibition in Hannover Germany, March 14 2014
I received a free ticket to attend the CeBIT exhibition in Hannover which is in northern Germany, about a six hour Drive from where I live. Thankful for the opportunity to get plugged in to the modern technology scene, I hopped a train and traveled overnight to get there for the last day of the event. The grounds where the event was held were enormous, and I wouldn't be surprised if I walked 20 km, since I was on my feet and going booth to booth from 9 AM to 5 PM. What follows is a list of significant technologies that can have an impact on Wycliffe's field teams around the world.
Technology and the internet go hand in hand. So when it was time to plan our 2014 venue for Outilingua, we needed to go somewhere with reliable Internet. While we do our best to prepare for poor connectivity (see http://wikitablet.net ) we still have a basic dependence on the Internet to do our job effectively.
The software that we use for linguistics and Bible translation is constantly being updated. Fonts get new special characters added, software gets new options to export content to the web, features get added, bugs get fixed. For the language technology specialist, it is a difficult job keeping everyone up to date, especially if a poor internet connection makes it difficult to download the 150 Megabyte installation file during working hours when someone is in your office needing help.