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Closing the email barn door?

People who try to recall an email after they’ve sent it might think it’s a good idea to close the barn doors after the horses have all fled. That bit of snark comes courtesy of email systems that boast “recall” tools. I tried the one in Microsoft Outlook about a decade ago. It didn’t work for me, […]

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Utility in the 2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited

Looking for a compact SUV with a hybrid drive system? Check out the manufacturer who co-introduced the modern sport-cute and put the first commercially successful hybrid vehicles on the road. That’s what I did during my week with the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited. First impressions The utility part of this vehicle stands out more than the sport […]

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Journaling: Analog Respite in a Digital World

Nothing seems to catch the eye quite like a self-avowed technology geek writing in a paper notebook using a fountain pen. At least that’s the effect I seem to have when I do this in front of people who know me. Few people understand how useful this habit can be. Even fewer realize I devote about ½ an hour every […]

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Looking sharp in the 2017 Lexus NX 200T

Entry-level crossover SUVs seem to have infiltrated every mass-market automaker’s lineup. It’s easy to see why these oversized four-door hatchbacks have become so popular – more room than smaller cars, fewer trips to the pump than larger vehicles force upon you – what’s not to like? And the segment is so competitive, it has given rise […]

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Thoughts on improving social networks

Are people in your social networks also your friends? The quick answer: if you know them in real life, if you could call them to meet for coffee, then yes, they’re your friends. At the other end of the spectrum are people you’ve never heard of. In between these two extremes lies a continuum. Where people draw […]

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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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