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Managing email contact lists

I ask certain experts for interviews whenever I plan to write my monthly technology column for Lawyers Weekly Magazine. My list contains 96 email addresses as of this writing. I’ve built this list over a few years and it’s indispensable when the time comes to write about technology in the legal industry. I add addresses to […]

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Putting word counts in Word documents

As a freelance technology writer, I get magazine and blog post assignments in which clients ask I stick to a specific word count, or word count range (e.g. 400-600 words). I track word count using both the bottom frame of the Word window and a word count field that I put into the template I […]

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Handling Wi-Fi dead spots

People install wireless routers to easily deliver broadband Internet access to many places in a building. However, depending on where the router happens to be, certain places in a building might get weak signals. These places have earned the morbid name “dead spots” (or “dead zones”). In a related development, somebody (no, I don’t know who) hit […]

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Review: 2015 Subaru Outback

Driving south on Toronto’s Royal York Road one morning, I saw over the roof of a decade-old Subaru Forester in front of me, the blatantly utilitarian shape having since given way to today’s  modern SUV appearance. This sighting gave me pause. You see, I was driving a vehicle I once considered smaller in its prior iterations: a 2015 […]

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How I use RSS feeds

Regular readers of this blog know I’ve been doing all I can to tame the volume of email coming my way. One great method is to simply stop delivery of emails that don’t add much value. I also want to keep up with a number of blogs, but I don’t have the time to visit them all each day. […]

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Controlling Flash using Firefox

Adobe’s Flash technology is practically a standard on the Internet. Web developers use it on all sorts of pages since it adds, well, “flash” to a page. Whether “flash” adds value to the page is a debate for another post… Unfortunately, Flash (Adobe’s) has its drawbacks. It has caused web browsers I’ve used to “hang” more […]

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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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