Afterword

ThimphuTech was the first technology blog in Bhutan. We started writing it in 2009, just as broadband and mobile internet started to take off. (Although internet in Bhutan was launched in 1999, it was either super-slow or super-expensive, and was only used by a selected few).

In the blog, we wrote about technology and food, but also about plenty of other stuff. The blog became popular and influential in Bhutan. A companion bi-weekly column -- Ask Boaz -- was published for many years in the Kuensel, Bhutan's national newspaper. (The complete Kuensel columns are available as an ebook, Blogging with Dragons).

We stopped updating the blog when we left Bhutan in 2014, but the information within the posts can still prove useful, and thus we decided to keep it online.

We thank all our readers.
Tashi Delek,
Boaz & Galit.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Lost in translation - an update (get your offline dictionary)

In November 2012, we posted about many missing entries from the DDC's online Dzongkha-English dictionary which do exist in the original soft-cover dictionary. We are glad to share our discovery: from a cursory check it appears that the links to missing files have been silently fixed and the empty files populated.

The good news is that the online version now seems identical to the soft-cover. The bad news is that the dowloadable version (linked from the bottom of page dzongkha.gov.bt/online/dictionaries/dz-en-dict/, as shown in the image below) has still not been updated and unfortunately still has the missing and empty files.

Until DDC updates the downloadable zip file, here are possible solutions for those who want to browse the corrected dictionary offline:

  1. Low-tech solution: If you need some fresh air, walk over to the DDC office and ask for a CD with the new files.
  2. Slightly tedious workaround (no walking needed): Download the old zip file and unzip it. Then, download the HTML files one-by-one from http://dzongkha.gov.bt/online/dictionaries/dz-en-dict/Contents/ and place them in the old folder called Contents, thereby replacing the old files.
  3. Easy and fast workaround: We downloaded the files and packaged them into a fresh zip file for immediate use. Just download the zip file, unzip and use.