TechnoZen

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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Not your dad’s V-Dub: the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta Execline

Certain automakers have taken sedans and smaller vehicles out of their lineups. Volkswagen, on the other hand, continues to promote its four-door-with-a-box offerings. Maybe they have something going with the longevity of models like the Jetta. It can still be had as an economy car like the one I

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Zippy, Pert, Perfect: The 2018 Mazda3 GT

Mazda justifies its ongoing use of the “Zoom Zoom” marketing tagline by putting the driving dynamics of a high-end sports sedan in an economical package. It was fun to remind myself of this during my time with a 2018 Mazda3 GT with a 6-speed manual. First impressions

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Sunny Ways and Happy Days: The 2018 Volkswagen Beetle Coast Convertible

Car buyers typically look at information like fuel economy, room in the cabin and other practical information when they consider their choices. If you’re checking out the 2018 Volkswagen Beetle Coast Convertible, these things might not matter as much as how the car makes you, and everybody around

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Small but mighty – the 2018 Ford EcoSport

Subcompact crossovers continue to increase in popularity, and not just on North American roads. Take the Ford EcoSport. It has been built and marketed overseas since 2003 in places as far-flung as Brazil, India, Thailand and Romania, and sold in many more markets. Ford finally started to

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New Gold on the Road: The All-New BMW X2

The evolution of an automaker’s vehicle lineup can’t be an easy thing to manage. Fortunately, when an automaker offers a wide range of vehicles, it can experiment with several evolutionary lines at the same time. BMW’s all-new X2 takes the pride of Bavarian manufacturing in the direction of

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Alternatives to free email for small business

I’ve stopped counting the number of times I’ve seen people use free email services (like Gmail, Outlook and Yahoo) as their business email addresses. Those addresses create the wrong impression, especially when all other customer touchpoints – business cards, websites, store signs, brochures and so on –

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Maximum MINI with verve: the 2018 John Cooper Works MINI Countryman ALL4

As I promised in an earlier review, I took a MINI Countryman, the biggest Mini of the bunch, out for a spin in John Cooper Works trim. As I said when I reviewed the Countryman ALL4, the crossover personality battles MINI design. Seeing the Countryman next to

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Five cyber security strategies to keep your website safe

Firewalls, scanning and SSL may make website owner’s eyes roll in boredom. But there things become more interesting when those same owners get acquainted with brute force attacks, zero day attacks and other tools that compromise their websites. Also, when people visit their sites, the owners don’t

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Taking value-priced cars upscale: the 2018 Kia Rio 5-door Hatchback

I’ve enjoyed plenty of fine vehicles over the years, but I still have a soft spot for practical cars that eschew unnecessary frills and deliver a good ride at a competitive price. Over the years, Korean automakers have competed hard using this philosophy. Competitive vehicle pricing is a

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