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Rick Henry  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 17:41
Italian to English
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I liked the topics discussed this year more than last year... Sep 30, 2010

but I had way more trouble actually attending the panels this year.

The browser would just hang, or I would get completely non-helpful error messages telling me to click on the help button - which didn't exist.

The fix was always restarting the browser. So I restarted my browser at least 5 times throughout the day.

Then there were the fairly frequent audio problems. I'm chalking it up to the increase in attendance: if I remember correctly, last year had abo
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but I had way more trouble actually attending the panels this year.

The browser would just hang, or I would get completely non-helpful error messages telling me to click on the help button - which didn't exist.

The fix was always restarting the browser. So I restarted my browser at least 5 times throughout the day.

Then there were the fairly frequent audio problems. I'm chalking it up to the increase in attendance: if I remember correctly, last year had about half of this year's attendance.

In any case, I'm glad the sessions will be made available to go back and listen to again.

R.
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Rocio Barrientos  Identity Verified
Bolivia
Local time: 19:41
Member
English to Spanish
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Good event.... Oct 1, 2010

Dear Parrot,

I thought I was doing something wrong, and I was not able to figure out how to go from one place to the other, I guess I was not the only one having problems.

Once I arrived where I wanted, (or liked where I, accidentally, found myself) everything was wonderful

Rocio


Parrot wrote:

You know, the most amusing thing was having all those people around wondering where to find the "rooms"




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Soonthon LUPKITARO(Ph.D.)  Identity Verified
Thailand
Local time: 06:41
Member (2004)
English to Thai
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It worth learning! Oct 1, 2010

I expect another event in a near future. I am enlightened out of my old job since Proz.com did it, the conference!

Soonthon Lupkitaro


 

Niraja Nanjundan (X)  Identity Verified
Local time: 05:11
German to English
Separate sessions for experienced translators Oct 1, 2010

I just completed the conference survey but forgot to mention something.

I have been working as a translator for eighteen years and found many of the points raised and comments made in the sessions repetitive. I think it would be good, in future virtual conferences, if there could be separate sessions/virtual powwows for translators with five years or more experience. Obviously, once you have been in the profession for several years, your needs and your perspective on things change,
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I just completed the conference survey but forgot to mention something.

I have been working as a translator for eighteen years and found many of the points raised and comments made in the sessions repetitive. I think it would be good, in future virtual conferences, if there could be separate sessions/virtual powwows for translators with five years or more experience. Obviously, once you have been in the profession for several years, your needs and your perspective on things change, and it would be good for experienced professionals to interact with each other in a less "crowded" virtual area.

Thanks, once again, to the ProZ staff for organising this event, and I'm looking forward to the next one!
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Ali M. Alsaqqa  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 18:41
English to Arabic
Wonderful Oct 1, 2010

This is my first Virtual Conference, here's my testimonial.

The conference was just wonderful. The panel discussions, the group chat, focused Powwows, the recruitment booths and of course the CAT tools buyers' section.

The 99$ subscription was such a brilliant thing, my friend subscribed as soon as he saw this discount but not for me as I don't have the money yet...
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This is my first Virtual Conference, here's my testimonial.

The conference was just wonderful. The panel discussions, the group chat, focused Powwows, the recruitment booths and of course the CAT tools buyers' section.

The 99$ subscription was such a brilliant thing, my friend subscribed as soon as he saw this discount but not for me as I don't have the money yet.

I had no technical problems at all. Everything worked fine with me. But you need a fast connection, something not less than 1mbps.

Thanks Proz

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Ekaterina Yakushcheva  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
Local time: 02:41
Member (2008)
English to Russian
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Forgot to mention in the survey... Oct 1, 2010

First of all, thank you for the wonderful opportunity to meet colleagues and new clients, to find out more about various tools. I enjoyed the conference.

Just forgot to mention in the survey, that I would prefer presentations, especially on-demand ones, to be downloadable. At least to the attendees of the conference.

Thanks again


 

Peter Motte  Identity Verified
Belgium
Local time: 00:41
Member (2009)
English to Dutch
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Odd e-mail Oct 1, 2010

I got an odd e-mail today with this title:
"Sorry We Missed You at the ProZ.com Freelance Translator Virtual Conference"
And it is send by Proz. No doubt about it.


 

Peter Motte  Identity Verified
Belgium
Local time: 00:41
Member (2009)
English to Dutch
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Looking forward Oct 1, 2010

I look forward to next year too, but maybe they should change the system a bit for the discussions.
Chats are slow when they are crowded. If chats are popular, it becomes difficult to follow the messages because the fly over the screen. Also: you can only attend 1 chat at a time. And finally: chat systems in itself can slow down the computer.
I wonderd why they didn't use a system like yahoogroups? I think it would make it much easier to attend chats. The amount of chats you follow wou
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I look forward to next year too, but maybe they should change the system a bit for the discussions.
Chats are slow when they are crowded. If chats are popular, it becomes difficult to follow the messages because the fly over the screen. Also: you can only attend 1 chat at a time. And finally: chat systems in itself can slow down the computer.
I wonderd why they didn't use a system like yahoogroups? I think it would make it much easier to attend chats. The amount of chats you follow would be unlimited, the messages could be read at your own pace, you could decide to save important messages, and it would slow down the computers that much. Moreover: I think it could also relieve the organisation's technical equipment, which would make it easier for the other elements of the conference.
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Peter Motte  Identity Verified
Belgium
Local time: 00:41
Member (2009)
English to Dutch
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Certiticate Oct 1, 2010

Is there a possibility to put a logo or something on our websites to show that we attended the conference? Like you can do sometimes with those fancy pieces of paper you get at IRL conferences and which you can put up in you office (the paer, that is, not the conerence )? And of course: could we put a link in that logo to something about the conference? Something like "Motte was here." Would be a nice addition to a site or blog.

 
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Catherine GUILLIAUMET  Identity Verified
Local time: 00:41
English to French
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In memoriam
Agree with Peter + impressions Oct 1, 2010

Peter Motte wrote:

Is there a possibility to put a logo or something on our websites to show that we attended the conference? Like you can do sometimes with those fancy pieces of paper you get at IRL conferences and which you can put up in you office (the paer, that is, not the conerence )? And of course: could we put a link in that logo to something about the conference? Something like "Motte was here." Would be a nice addition to a site or blog.


I also want my little patch After all, I spent 13 hours on the Conference

I found it very interesting, lively, and even its small bugs made it really close to the "real life".
The chat rooms had this indefinable flavour of the exquisite corpse the Surrealist Group was so fond of, and some presentations were worth the effort to find them.

A less pleasant aspect : some exhibitors, mainly agencies, did not even manage to be present. We were chatting in the sidereal emptiness of the universe . Maybe they thought they had to be there only to collect data from translators, without any effort

Awaiting for next year !!

Catherine


 

Juan Lobeto
Local time: 23:41
English to Spanish
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How do I get what I saved in the briefcase during the Conference Oct 1, 2010

Hello

I saved yesterday some documents in the briefcase during the virtual conference to be able to read them later with more time.
But now I don't know where to get them. Where can I recover them as I haven't been able to find the briefcase?


 

Natalya Sogolovsky  Identity Verified
Israel
Local time: 01:41
Member (2010)
Hebrew to Russian
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Thank you Oct 1, 2010

The conference was very interesting indeed - most of the presentations were informative and impressive (although the sound was not always good). I wish I could keep some of them.
I did have problems with the chats - too crowded and hard to follow. It was one of the best opportunities and I am sorry I could not use it to the fullest. Maybe ProZ should initiate chats on a certain topics through Skype or Facebook - it does not demand additional resources but may contribute a lot to participan
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The conference was very interesting indeed - most of the presentations were informative and impressive (although the sound was not always good). I wish I could keep some of them.
I did have problems with the chats - too crowded and hard to follow. It was one of the best opportunities and I am sorry I could not use it to the fullest. Maybe ProZ should initiate chats on a certain topics through Skype or Facebook - it does not demand additional resources but may contribute a lot to participants.
I did not understand the prize matter - did not find any info beside the prizes' descriptions. Maybe the participants should know how many points they have... I did not count for a prize but a license was offered - with pleasure!

All in all it was a very nice event. Thanks to ProZ team for working hard on our behalf
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Catherine GUILLIAUMET  Identity Verified
Local time: 00:41
English to French
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In memoriam
How do I get what I saved in the briefcase during the Conference (bis) Oct 1, 2010

Juan Lobeto wrote:

Hello

I saved yesterday some documents in the briefcase during the virtual conference to be able to read them later with more time.
But now I don't know where to get them. Where can I recover them as I haven't been able to find the briefcase?


Yesterday, I asked the question during the conference to the ProZ Support booth. Alejandro told me that I could access my briefcase until the end of December. But I forgot to ask him : from where ?
I have the same problem than Juan.
Thanks for your help
Catherine


 

Veronica Lupascu  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Local time: 00:41
Dutch to Romanian
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Thank you all! Oct 1, 2010

It was a great conference and it was nice to chat with so many fellow translators The topics were selected, I think, based on forum discussions and quick polls, because they suited perfectly our main needs (marketing, rates, CAT Tools, etc.) Thank you for everything!

As other posters already said, I am wondering where to get the certificate, how can we find the content of the briefcase and where can we find informatio
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It was a great conference and it was nice to chat with so many fellow translators The topics were selected, I think, based on forum discussions and quick polls, because they suited perfectly our main needs (marketing, rates, CAT Tools, etc.) Thank you for everything!

As other posters already said, I am wondering where to get the certificate, how can we find the content of the briefcase and where can we find information about prize winners (just out of curiosity).

Enjoy you weekend and have a productive October month!


Veronica
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