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For LEGO megafans

Some time ago, a P.R. rep from No Starch Press contacted me about a book they were publishing. Their slogan is “The Finest in Geek Entertainment.” I have no idea why they contacted me (cough). The book, The LEGO Adventure Book: Spaceships, Pirates, Dragons & More! (ISBN-10: 1-59327-512-9)

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Turning the e-mail beast into a straightforward task

Ever wonder why e-mail stresses people out? Maybe it’s the nagging feeling that somewhere among the hundreds or thousands of messages sitting in their inboxes are numerous scraps of information — from appointments to contact information to follow-up tasks to interesting reading and beyond — that they’re

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Custom keyboard shortcuts

I frequently add comments to both Word documents and PDFs. In Word, there’s an “Insert Comment” menu command and in Preview (the software I use to view PDFs) there’s a “Thought Bubble” menu command. Another thing I frequently do is save my documents as I work on

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Coordinates in three words

I get really good concentration when I tote my laptop for coffee and a snack at hints.avid.together. The Apple Store I normally visit when I need to ask questions about my Mac or iPod is at speedy.ferrets.phased.

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Using images in documents

As a  longtime technical writer, it’s second nature for me to add images to text documents. While I used to use Adobe Framemaker all the time to create complex technical manuals, I find it’s best to stick with Microsoft Word when I collaborate with non-technical subject matter

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The Power to change the game

Former world squash player, Jonathon Power teams up with Maria Toorpakai Wazir to empower girls around the world through sport.

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Review: Lumos StepUp

A month into 2014, parents might be wondering how their kids might make “better” use of the smartphones and tablets bestowed upon them over the holidays. Maybe the kids would like to do a little learning on their tablets, the kind of learning that supplements the stuff

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Digital dictation software becoming the norm

Several years ago, Mark Davis was preparing for a trial over the Christmas holidays. He was the only one in the office, and didn’t have an assistant to transcribe recordings from his digital voice recorder. So he strolled to a nearby electronics outlet, bought Dragon Naturally Speaking,

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Editing images on the cheap

Photography and layout pros use high-end image editing tools when they work. Adobe Photoshop rules this particular category of software, to the extent that “to photoshop” has become a commonly-used term meaning “to alter an image.” Photoshop is expensive, and for good reason – it offers many

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Who watches your browsing?

Thanks to people like Edward Snowden, more people understand how little privacy we actually have these days. Yet few people realize how many “trackers” follow their every click as they browse the Internet. That’s where people like a team at the Emily Carr University of Art +

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