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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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Recording interviews via Skype

Journalists are not wanting for technology options when they need to record interviews. That’s why this is the fourth in a series of six posts on the topic. Several weeks ago, I published my seven habits for successfully recording interviews. Then I covered free recording and playback software that’s pre-installed on most computers, or that can be downloaded for […]

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Recording interviews using a digital voice recorder

A couple of weeks ago, I published my seven habits for successfully recording interviews. Last week, I covered free recording and playback software that’s pre-installed on most computers, or that can be downloaded for free. This week I’ll review my digital voice recorder. This pocket-sized gadget is what many journalists think to use when they want to record interviews. I bought the Olympus […]

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Recording interviews using QuickTime

Last week I went over my seven habits of recording interviews. Other journalists thanked me for this, and a few want to know what technology I use. I’m going to explain what I have used multiple times in a series of blog posts. Today, I’ll go over options that many journalists don’t even realize they already have. I have explored a lot […]

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Seven habits for recording interviews

As a journalist, I regularly record my interviews (with the interviewee’s knowledge and permission, of course). I’ve used several audio recording technologies over the years. Thinking through them all, I’ve come up with five that have proven dependable, if not always outstanding. They range from free to mid-range expensive. More importantly, I’ve also developed seven habits […]

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Review: 2015 Toyota Yaris

I’ve spent time on Italian roads, largely in small cars. My extended family there will tell you how expensive gas is (it hovers at roughly twice the price paid in Canada). Yet however economical their cars are to drive, they are far from spare. They buy cars that offer comfort, handling, performance and modern conveniences, […]

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Review: 2015 Subaru Impreza

This past fall, I drove what was allegedly the most ticketed car in the U.S., Subaru’s WRX. This winter, I drove what might be termed the “other end” of Subaru’s  spectrum of power, the 2015 Impreza.   If I made the Impreza sound pedestrian with the words above, that was misleading of me. It certainly handles […]

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