If ever there was a reason for using proper internationalisation in your applications this has to be it. In celebration of Talk Like a Pirate Day, Skype has released a language pack that will change your Skype interface into a sailing, pillaging and looting extravaganza.
In the overall scheme of things this is a just another language pack and one that has to be manually installed, but it is the little things that often make or break an application. If you look at the demographic of pirate talkers, one quickly realises that they don't mind manually updating apps and it's this sort of one-off that gets kudos for cool factor at least.
So what am I on about? Well feast ye peepers on these screenshots me hearties.
Quit is such a boring term whereas I'd much rather "Abandon Ship". A call is now an "Ahoy" with conference calling becoming a "Sea Shantie".
Fatal errors are usually the least entertaining experience, although I actually wouldn't mind seeing this one once: "Internal Fatal Error #%d:|%s|Skype will be Closed and a developer will be made to walk the plank!".
At last! Developer retribution is at hand, send him to Davey Jones' locker!
Some would say that it is a long way from software engineering to journalism, others would correctly argue that it is a mere 10 metres according to the floor plan.During his first five years with CBS Interactive, Chris started his journalistic adventure in 2006 as the Editor of Builder AU after originally joining the company as a programmer.Leaving CBS Interactive in 2010 to follow his deep desire to study the snowdrifts and culinary delights of Canada, Chris based himself in Vancouver and paid for his new snowboarding and poutine cravings as a programmer for a lifestyle gaming startup.Chris returns to CBS in 2011 as the Editor of TechRepublic Australia determined to meld together his programming and journalistic tendencies once and for all.In his free time, Chris is often seen yelling at different operating systems for their own unique failures, avoiding the dreaded tech support calls from relatives, and conducting extensive studies of internets — he claims he once read an entire one.