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If you write in more than one language but don’t want to switch keyboards when you do, read on. I regularly write in French as well as English. Spanish and Italian also sometimes make their way into work product and correspondence. In those languages, certain letters are

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The zippy 2019 Toyota 86 GT

Sometimes you just want to drive a car that seems to place your butt at the same height as the pedals, where the instruments are just below your eye-level, where the road is so close to your eyes each driving sensation gets visually amplified. If you’re in

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The luxury cruiser lives: the 2019 Toyota Avalon Limited

Given the SUV craze that has manifested itself on North American roads, it’s refreshing to see automakers up their game in the luxury cruising sedan market as Toyota has with the 2019 Avalon. First impressions Long, low-slung and lovely were the words that came to mind when

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A very D#%M!! good idea

“Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.” ― Mark Twain I’m always looking for tricks to improve my writing. One trick I learned a long time ago involves culling excess verbiage from

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Competitive luxury in the 2019 Acura RDX

When a vehicle offers luxury, comfort and performance, you seem to find reasons to run more errands and take short road trips. That was the case during my six days with the 2019 Acura RDX Platinum Elite. First impressions More than one onlooker commented on this SUV’s

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Squeezing in one last 2018 model review: the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas

Have you ever looked at a vehicle and wondered how the manufacturer came up wth its name? I suspect you didn’t have that issue when you first saw the Volkswagen Atlas. I spent a week with the Execline trim, including Captain’s package. First impressions The name aptly

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The asymmetrical hot hatch: the 2019 Hyundai Veloster 1.6 Turbo

It’s hard to believe Hyundai released its 3-door hot hatch, the Veloster, back in 2011. For 2019, this hot hatch gets styling and performance tweaks while keeping its distinct shape, making the 2019 Hyundai Veloster 1.6L Turbo a must-drive for autocross drivers and performance enthusiasts. First impressions The Racing

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Road trippin’ with the 2018 Ford Escape Titanium

A conference earlier this year took me to Ottawa. During that week I drove Ford’s 2018 Escape Titanium. Ford updated this decades-old CUV model with better looks and a solid ride that made the Toronto-Ottawa round trip a relaxing drive. First impressions Long gone is the stout,

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A sportier plugin? The 2018 Hyundai Ioniq PHEV

The writing is on the wall. Automakers are increasingly moving to propulsion systems that depend less, or not at all, on fossil fuels. Different automakers have implemented different strategies to increase fuel efficiency across their fleets. Hyundai has joined the party by offering three separate alternative powertrains on just

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Computer-aided translation (CAT) tools – I’m a top student!

This blog post is partly about technology and partly about me patting myself on the back. I was recently recognized for my ability to conquer new technology. Here’s the story. Backstory If you follow my social media feeds, you’ll notice I increasingly speak about translation. That’s because

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