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Mar 31

8-bit Google Maps, Start Your Quest

Posted on Saturday, March 31, 2012 in Games

This is amazing. 8-bit Google Maps, Start Your Quest.

Mar 29

Thoughts on code-switching

Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2012 in Second Language Acquisition

When does code-switching stop being helpful and start being a crutch that language learners lean on to get their point across without circumlocution and talking around lexical words they do not yet know?

I guess I refer more to pidgin languages than proper code switching. But how often do you speak Franglais or Spanglish in your language class?

Mar 29

Editing the dictionary on HTC Incredible 2

Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2012 in All Things Geek

So last night a friend and I were discussing how to update and correct custom dictionary entries on our Droid phones and it set me on a mission to find a solution to this extremely pressing issue.

I have been messing with it today and finally found a workable way to do it, if you’re interested.

Apparently my phone, the HTC Incredible 2 that runs Gingerbread 2.3.4 makes it really hard to edit the words that have been added to the dictionary. But I found this work around.

I downloaded this app that lets you load a custom dictionary into your phone’s dictionary from a text file. So what you do is keep a text file on your phone of all the words you want in your dictionary and then when the mistakenly added words get to be too much of a nuisance, all you have to do is clear the custom added data from your dictionary and then reload your text file into the dictionary.

It’s not a perfect solution but it will work for now.