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The 2016 Honda Civic Coupe

My aging car lives on in the automotive market thanks to the model’s seemingly perpetual popularity. That’s why it gave me a baseline for comparison when I drove the 2016 Honda Civic Coupe LX.

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Are you running too many applications?

Is your computer slow right now? Maybe there’s something you can do about that – right now.

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2016 Subaru Crosstrek Sport Package

Four-door hatchbacks can’t be beat for practicality, fuel economy and drivability. Automakers have increasingly been scaling down their popular crossovers to create large hatchback-looking vehicles. One of the first to do this was Subaru. Little surprise, given the mild quirkiness I’ve always seen in the brand. They recently updated their hatch-UV and released it as the 2016 Subaru […]

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Finding energy hogs on your computer

Are you reading this post on a computer that has slowed down significantly? To the point that you want to replace it? Before you whip out your credit card, try a few simple things on your computer. You might make it more useable without spending a dime.

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The 2016 Kia Sorento

So-called budget brands continue to ascend into territory previously dominated by higher-end marques, so I wasn’t entirely surprised by how pleasing a week I spent with the Kia Sorento 2.0L SX AWD.

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The speed value of an empty desktop

It’s common for people to replace their computers every three or four years. They seem to believe performance degrades so much that they need new machines to gain speed increases. Sometimes that’s true. Hard disk drives,for instance, can wear over time. Inexpensive machines aren’t usually built to be upgraded. But if you want to keep working with your […]

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Lexus heads to the races in the RC F

Every automaker, no matter how environmentally attuned, has a “no replacement for displacement” crowd in its ranks. Lexus let their NRFD bunch have some fun, so they shoehorned a 5.0L V8 into a “cutting-edge” rear-wheel-drive two-door coupe. You can now buy it as the 2016 Lexus RC F.

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Inbox Zero: tips to clear your inbox (and your mind)

On June 11, 2016, I had the pleasure of presenting tips on how to empty your inbox at the Editors Canada national conference in Vancouver. Despite mine being the final time slot of the day, I think I managed to keep too many people from yawning. I presume my passion for the topic – this habit does […]

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The fun runabout: 2016 Kia Soul

Call them mini-crossovers. Call them tall wagons. Call them increasingly common, members of a vehicle segment that’s exploding with new arrivals. Among all the flashy new segment entries competing for market share, older models like the 2016 Kia Soul are raising their game. Kia leant me a red/black two-tone Special Edition-Sport for a week, and I’m happy to report this sporty […]

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Troubleshooting a Mac: Beware of Third-Party Utilities

In early June, I gave a one-hour workshop at the Vancouver Editors Canada conference. I spoke about Inbox Zero, the lack of which can be a drag on productivity. Two things happened at this conference that triggered my dreaming up a series of blog posts, the first of which you’re now reading. Sometime after the halfway point of this session, […]

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