Geek humor know no borders

My wife and I spent the winter holidays visiting her distant family in Madrid. On New Year’s eve, we joined them for a massive feast. My Spanish is fine for ordering tapas and cervesas, but I’m not conversant. Plus, a room full of fast-talking Madrilenas with their lispy accents would be hard for any native speaker. At one point, I was introduced to someone’s husband who I was told also worked in “Informaticas”. He wanted to speak to me about IT in the states, but didn’t speak much English. I smiled,and said in Spanish, “It’s OK. We can talk in ones and zeros.” and proceeded to do my best modem impression, “Hsssh, bong, bong, bong, crshhhh…”.

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He laughed so hard, he started coughing. My wife explained the joke to the others standing with us. They laughed politely.

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Google Maps for Treo

I used to use a free application called K-Maps (http://kmaps.ulocate.com/) which allowed me to use Google Maps on my Treo 650. I can’t tell you how useful that was. Apparently, Google thought so too. They’ve developed their own version of Google Maps for the Treo (Palm OS only). It is a much less buggy application and downloads faster than K-Maps, though I find it is not nearly as forgiving when searching for street names. Other than that, it’s another fine example of Google releasing an useful tool that further cements its reputation as a company well in tune with its customers’ needs.