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Delete unwanted emails BEFORE you see them

I like exploring ways to improve my Inbox Zero habit. This habit enables me to effectively handle everything that comes at me via email. I do this by: putting the information in the right places deleting or filing the original email The email inbox is never the right place for contacts, calendar appointments, tasks or […]

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A bad boy back from the 70s: the Dodge Challenger SRT 392

70s muscle cars may never die. There’s a certain badass vibe to these things that takes them beyond the realm of mere four-wheeled conveyances. Splash a loud colour on them to match the volume of their motors and you have an icon from a golden age of American iron, oblivious of nuisances like fuel economy concerns and […]

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Speeding up the Mac Calendar.app

Computers can experience slowdowns for esoteric reasons. A machine can have maximum RAM, a capacious and speedy SSD, a processor that moves, and still occasionally leave owners puzzling over why it’s slow to react. Here’s a story about a slowdown I experienced in the macOS Calendar.app.

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Plebeian as a smart choice: the 2016 Honda HR-V EX-L Navi

Any time a new automotive category emerges, I’m immediately fascinated. That’s why I’m methodically exploring the subcompact SUV (entry-level SUV?) market. Here’s another test drive in the segment: the 2016 Honda HR-V EX-L Navi.

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Raking your words

Brevity is often the soul of clarity. The “often” is my addition. I admire authors like Hemingway and Orwell, who got to the point using the right (i.e. minimal) number of words. At the other end of the spectrum, Ayn Rand could have used an editor (among other professional services). Had Microsoft Word been around when she wrote […]

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Road tripping in the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune

Some cars just fit right for a road trip. That’s what I realized on a late summer Toronto-Kingston-Rideau Canal jaunt in the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune.

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(Etre) Checking Your Mac

Browsing Apple support forums is a great way for do-it-yourselfers to learn about what issues might plague a Mac or other Apple product. That’s where I learned about Etrecheck, a free utility (donation requested) that gives me insight on what’s going on with my Mac.

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The 2017 Jaguar F-Type S: a relationship or an affair?

Some cars you marry. Others you just take for a fling. Members of the latter category may try to fool you into thinking they belong in the former. Comfort and safety features may abound, from heated leather seats to a heated leather flat-bottomed steering wheel to blind spot alerts to parking assist and beyond. Take a good […]

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Activities on my computer

If your Mac is running slow, a good place to start troubleshooting is in Activity Monitor, a utility built in to every Mac.

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The automotive technology arms race is alive and well: the BMW 750i xDrive

I usually interact with vehicles I drive by touching some surface inside said vehicle. Yet when I twirled  my finger in the air or waved my hand, the BMW 750i xDrive knew exactly what to do. The Bavarian Motor Works has a reputation for jamming all sorts of technology into its vehicles, and the 7-series is where new ideas first […]

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