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Review: 2015 Nissan Micra

Those of us old enough to remember such things might experience a flashback to an era that ended decades ago when we see the price sticker on the 2015 Nissan Micra. Starting price: $9,995 for the base model.   There’s something about a four-figure price tag on a new car that makes one raise the […]

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No Internet Week

No, I didn’t go cold turkey (though I sometimes have no-Internet days, and I like them). Back in 2013, creative agency Mother London deprived five internet addicts of their drug of choice, and filmed the consequences. Under the watchful eye of psychoanalyst Sarah Hirigoyen and neurologist Alistair Jennings, our five addicts had their internet lives […]

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Create useful keyboard shortcuts

Few computer users could get along without common keyboard shortcuts. The ubiquitous Ctrl-C (copy) and Ctrl-V (paste) are but two common examples. We probably do this instead of using the mouse to go to menus since it takes less time and makes us more efficient, helps us get our work done more quickly. You might […]

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The power of Preview

Sometimes software developers cram more features into their products than most people know about, and they don’t think to go looking for them. Take the humble PDF reader. Not something to get excited about, right? Well, maybe I can change your mind on that.

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Review: 2014 Subaru Crosstrek XV Hybrid

Back in July, I spent a week with Subaru’s first hybrid, the Crosstrek XV.

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On the same page

Here’s a good way to leave your writing unpolished:

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Putting pictures in contact cards

When you need to meet people for the first time, whether at a job interview or networking event, do you know what they look like? For most of us, the answer is “no.” Fortunately, we can now change the answer to “yes” in many cases. All you need to do is put a picture of […]

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Review: 2014 Ford Fiesta ST

Get the car moving in first. Drop the shifter to second. Step on it, and feel your back press into the firm Recaro seats behind you as you accelerate… ahem, to the legally posted speed limit, officer, and no faster.

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Charge while you walk

I can’t begin to count the amounts of energy I’ve used walking all over my neighbourhood, downtown Toronto and other places. I reach my destination usually while listening to podcasts, maybe even working up a sweat. Now an outfit wants to let my walking help charge the iPod using the steps I take. I’m interested.

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Review: 2014 Nissan Sentra

I like to talk about cars. As a result, people share their experiences with me about the models they own and the brands they’re loyal to. J.T., a former work colleague, drove 215,000 kilometers in a ’90s era Nissan Sentra. He sold it to take a job opportunity in California, but he figures it probably […]

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