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Subtle confidence in the 2017 Acura RDX

This past September, Acura announced the sale of its 500,000th vehicle in Canada. By coincidence, this vehicle was sold in Toronto, the town I call home. Another coincidence: the vehicle sold was the one I’m reviewing here, the 2017 Acura RDX. First impressions My Kona Coffee Metallic RDX Elite Package strikes a subtly handsome, competent pose, though it doesn’t […]

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Remove formatting from copied text

Researching articles. Writing school assignments. Quoting other people in blog posts. During each activity, I usually cut text from one document and paste it into another. The resulting text may make sense, but it often ends up looking like a ransom note, with different sections of text cut out of the headlines of various magazines and newspapers. That’s because […]

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The bang-for-the-buck 2017 Hyundai Elantra

My experience with Hyundais follows a consistent theme: a Korean automaker that packs huge amounts of value for the price. In this respect, they seem second to none. That’s why I looked forward to driving the seemingly plebeian 2017 Hyundai Elantra. First impressions The Iron Grey Elantra SE I drove doesn’t stray from the look typical of today’s four-door […]

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Checking grammar using Microsoft Word

Part of my routine towards the end of writing projects is to check spelling and grammar. When I write things using Microsoft Word, I use the spelling and grammar checker it offers. I also ensure that it shows me readability statistics. Why? The simpler I write, the more likely the message gets through. A bug in the […]

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Be a kid again in the 2017 Subaru BRZ

Most of us buy cars because we’re grownups and have to get around. But sometimes we want a four-wheeled toy instead. Subaru caters mostly to the adults in the car-buying market, but four years ago the company known for going all-wheel-drive across its entire lineup launched a low-slung rear-wheel drive surprise for the kids in […]

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Personal reflections on dictionaries in e-readers

I’ve been reading books and articles using various apps on my iPad for years. I’ve even used a Kobo for a little while. It’s much slower and less capable (and much less expensive), but the good folks at Kobo did not cheap out on one important feature it shares with the iPad: a dictionary. Just tap a […]

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A low-slung SUV? Meet the Mazda CX-9

Back in 2013, Mazda started rolling out its Kodo Soul of Motion design ethic to its entire lineup of vehicles. It frankly makes them among the best-looking cars on the road. I said cars – not SUVs. As vehicles increase in size, any intended soul of motion tends to become more, well, stationary-looking. Mazda defied this notion of […]

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Working from external monitors

Whether I work in my office or my girlfriend’s office, I connect my Mac to external monitors (two at my place, my girlfriend’s 27” iMac at hers). The extra screen real estate means I spend less time flipping from one window to another. This saves time and keystrokes when, for instance, I copy information from a PDF and […]

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Celebrating the Jeep Renegade 75th Anniversary Edition

Automotive nameplates don’t always last, so when a manufacturer releases a 75th anniversary model, the sheer longevity piques my curiosity. That curiosity was satisfied after  a week with the Jeep Renegade 75th Anniversary Edition 4×4.

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Delete unwanted emails BEFORE you see them

I like exploring ways to improve my Inbox Zero habit. This habit enables me to effectively handle everything that comes at me via email. I do this by: putting the information in the right places deleting or filing the original email The email inbox is never the right place for contacts, calendar appointments, tasks or […]

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