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Review: 2015 Honda Fit

Honda recently indulged my desire to try one of the snazziest four-door hatchbacks on the market today: the 2015 Honda Fit. The name so precisely matches Honda’s vision for this vehicle that I may stumble and write puns unwittingly throughout this review. I apologize for that in advance. Appearance My tester, the EX-L Navi, looked sharp […]

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Cheaper computers are often more expensive

Computer buyers are like drivers who need to put gas in the tank. Let me explain. There are a few “discount” gas stations near my place. They sell gas for about four cents per litre less than nearby stations. On a typical 30 litre fill-up, that works out to savings of $1.20. One of these […]

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How I back up data

Computer users who don’t back up their data tend to ignore this basic reality: there are only two types of hard disks. those that have failed those that will fail When they do fail, the computer’s owner experiences the frustration and anxiety that usually accompanies the loss of important data of all kinds. This same […]

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Email and healthy skepticism

For a moment, disregard the message at the top of this email, the one that says “You marked this message as Junk Mail.” (I did that before realizing I could craft a blog post from this email.) Does this message look legitimate to you? How would you handle it?

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Review: Fluidstance Level

Decades ago, I was recovering from a sprained ankle, the second one sustained in as many years on the squash court. A colleague at the software development company where I worked as a technical writer at the time lent me his “wobble board” to speed up my rehabilitation. This two-foot-long by one-foot-wide plank of wood stood off […]

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Designing business processes

Do you regularly repeat certain lengthy processes in your business? For instance, do you take the same steps to deliver a certain service to a customer? If you do, you probably know what steps to take when. You might, however, forget a step or two when the process stretches out over days and weeks. To plan my […]

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Creating a guest account on your computer

Do you let other people use your computer? It’s a reasonable thing to do. Guests at your office might need directions to their next destination. House guests might want to check their email. That said, you might be letting them check your own email, or contact information, or calendars, or other information you would rather keep private. It’s […]

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Review: 2015 Subaru Legacy

Last year’s Automotive Journalists Association of Canada Car of the Year award winner was a mid-size sedan with impeccable road manners, so it’s little wonder that AJAC’s 2015 COTY went to another car in this category – the 2015 Subaru Legacy. I was standing with a group from Subaru when we heard the announcement at […]

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Recording interviews using mobile devices

Just when I figured I’d tried every last interview recording technology I could use (and omitted ones I don’t care for anymore – goodbye cassettes), along comes a technology that improves on what I’ve used before. That’s why this series of blog posts on interview recording technology is six posts long – the latest one […]

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Recording interviews using a smartpen

I’ve used a bunch of technologies to record interviews during my career as a journalist. When I got to thinking about what I’ve tried, six blog posts poured out. This is number five in the series. To recap: I started this series with my seven habits for successfully recording interviews. I then wrote about free recording and playback […]

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