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F-Sport meets the Lexus CT 200h

Lexus (and parent company Toyota) are no strangers to hybrid vehicles. A quick look at the Lexus lineup shows hybrid options for many of the vehicles it produces, plus a hybrid that has no regular gasoline-motor-only equivalent: the Lexus CT 200h.

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The first conversation with a client

This business-focused blog post serves to set up a technology-focused one I’ll publish in a couple of weeks. I’m always grateful when I make contact with prospective clients. (I’m especially grateful when they contact me!). The feeling of gratitude quickly gives way to a desire to learn whether I can create value for these people […]

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Braving winter and technology in the 2016 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk

Driving on a wintry highway with my girlfriend asleep in the passenger seat, I took my hands off the wheel. The vehicle approached the right lane marker. Suddenly, the steering wheel turned itself to bring us back into our lane. I let the vehicle keep going steadily to the opposite lane marker. The wheel gently jerked us back in the […]

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Productivity Tips for Busy Professionals

Last week, I joined a panel with two other professionals to talk about productivity with a number of freelance writers. The Professional Writers Association of Canada (pwac.ca) Toronto chapter (pwactoronto.org) hosted me, Dustin Meneses from cloud accounting provider Freshbooks and professional organizer Susannah Coneybeare. Have any questions about anything in this presentation? Let me know in […]

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Thoughts on smart speakers

When I walk into my office, I like to listen to classical music streaming from a commercial-free station. To do this, I used to fire up iTunes on my computer, go to my favourites and start the music. Now I stream classical music in my office by pressing the play button on a SONOS PLAY:1 speaker. It’s faster. The […]

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Losing a door on the 2016 Hyundai Veloster Rally Edition

It’s odd for a vehicle to be a coupe on the driver’s side while offering two doors on the other. I explored this distinctive feature, among others during my week with the Hyundai Veloster Rally Edition. First impressions The matte blue paint job stands out because of its dullness, if that makes sense. Matte paint is becoming […]

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Remote control light bulbs

Nobody says “there’s an app for that” any more, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true. The mobile app revolution has affected just about everything, it seems, right down to the light bulb in my study lamp. Does LED technology really help reduce electricity bills? My condominium board (I serve as treasurer) is currently debating whether […]

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The snarl of the 2015 Jaguar F-Type S AWD

Driving down a busy Toronto street, my girlfriend suddenly said: “Wow, this car really turns heads!” That about sums up the first impression this car makes. Complete strangers approach you with compliments and questions. And it only gets better when you slide into the driver’s seat, fire up the willing engine and take the 2015 Jaguar F-Type S […]

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Clearing up print misconceptions

I try to run a paperless office. My to-do lists are all paperless since I work with those lists on software I can call up on my computer, tablet or iPod. (I’d hate to go back to a paper organizer.) I do a lot of document review (and annotation) on my tablet and computer, which makes it […]

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Ground speed: the 2015 Ford Mustang 2.3L EcoBoost

Ground Speed. Those are the words on the speedometer of the 2015 Ford Mustang I drove during the week Doc and Marty apparently visited in the second “Back to the Future” movie. It got me thinking: I really should check out the settings on this car. If it has ground speed, what else might it show? Air speed? Knots? Warp […]

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